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Once Again, The One And Only Post


May 16, 2021

I think I fixed it

We had a pretty warm day here a couple weeks ago, so I flipped on the A/C. Nothing happened. The fan ran inside, up in the air handler. No coolness. I went outside, around back to the compressor unit, and I could hear the pump running, but no fan. I’d replaced the fan and the multi-capacitor about 5 years ago, and about 2 years ago we had an A/C guy come by and he had to replace those caps again. He’s “my husband”, married to my friend who works in the condo office here. He runs his own HVAC company and they live in a nice house a few blocks from here. So he tells me the unit is on it’s last legs, it might last another season, and it will run about $6000 to put in a new system. So we figured to wait it out. When it didn’t seem to run this year, I gave him a call, guessing it was time to bite the bullet. Took me two calls and 9 days to get him to stop by. He’s Mr. Busy, and doesn’t have time to do ours. Besides, he’s a la-ti-da Lennox guy, and our unit is a lowly Goodman brand. Goodman A/C is the best value units on the market. It’s the same company as Amana, exact same models, but at a lower price. Half the cost of a Lennox system. But he doesn’t have time. So I gave fixing it another try. The motor wouldn’t go, so I searched online and located what seemed to be the right replacement motor. $108 delivered. Good enough. It arrived this afternoon. Got out my tools, turned off the circuit, pulled the top panel off the compressor. Motor is attached to that. Tried to turn the blade, it didn’t move. WTH? Got p/o-ed, gave it a good angry yank, and it broke free. Spun easily. Went back in side, turned on the power, and flipped the switch. Houston, we have ignition. Motor works fine. So I put it back together, and it’s running fine. Of course, it’s a bit too cool right now to tell if any chill is coming out inside, but at least it runs. And I have to figure out whether I should send the brand new motor back, or hang on to it just in case. A $108 insurance policy? Can’t say.


May 13, 2021

Been busy. And she’s had a couple days off, so it’s been like an extended weekend. So extended that I forgot what day it was, and didn’t go to the prize night for Old Guys league last night. Oh well; there will be an envelope for me at the front desk, and both of us have to go up there Friday night.

We’ve been busy in the gardens. Weeding, cutting down the spent tulips and daffodils, and planting annuals. Loads of them. Put in 3 dozen the other day, 2 dozen yesterday, got another 2 dozen to do today. At least we’re finally getting a break in the weather, and the cold rains seem to be over.

Tax time! Yeah, we put it off forever, but now it has to be done. Thankfully, ours aren’t that complicated.

Pig roast at the FIL’s place Saturday. We’re making up a couple of giant salads, one lettuce based and the other a marinated mexican style bean thingy. And taking folding chairs and a folding table. We are NOT going there the day before to help pick up the dead pig and then start roasting it at 6am. Let my BIL do that. We have to stay here and take care of our kittehs

NJ and perhaps the rest of the country is now pushing the Covid vaccines on teenagers. Ages 12-17. This just a week or two after it was changed to anybody over 16, which was a few days after it was anybody 18 or over. The eligibility rules change by the hour it seems. Whatever. Unless a strong majority of the older and more at risk people have been fully vaccinated, I don’t think teens or children should get the shots. Heck, I don’t think teens or kids should get the shots at all, but nobody listens to me.

The Covid Crisis in India ... several more states are now officially approving Ivermectin. Good. Field data from 30 million patients will be hard to ignore, although TBTB and the media have done exactly that so far.

Oh joy, the gas pipeline is open again. Gas prices went up 30¢ in a just a couple days. Let’s see how long they take to go back down. haha, Drew make funny. Prices won’t go back down until Harris/Biden leave office.

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May 10, 2021

Been playing in the garden. Enough. Time for lunch.

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I wanted to pick up some Reed’s Stronger ginger beer, part of my ongoing experiment to find the best ingredients for a Moscow Mule. They had it at the Big Lots over in Phillipsburg, which is right next door to the Acasia Thai restaurant. So going there for lunch was a no brainer. I was the only customer.

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Trying hard to stop reading all this Covid treatment stuff. So of course I’ve been side tracked and am learning about Artemesia Annua, an herb used forever in traditional Chinese medicine. It appears to be an anti-malarial, an anti-viral, a cancer fighter, and even works against herpes. Pretty damn amazing. Covid IVM combo paper. One of several malaria study papers.

I’m not saying you should, but you can get liquid ivermectin 1% solution (1cc = 10mg IVM) from Amazon (Duvet 50ml injectable, $45). 50ml will treat a family of 4. (0.3mg/kg dose is 2cc if you weigh 150lb, 225lb is 3cc. 0.2mg/kg prophylactic [weekly or bi-weekly] dose is 1.3cc for 150lb) They also have 5cc oral syringes (100 for $12). Finding doxycycline 100mg at the pet store is a bit hard right now. The liquid form is purer than the horse paste form. If I went this route, I’d add the weekly squirt to a cup of artemesia tea with honey.

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Hey, remember all those billions Bush 2 spent on post 9/11 cybersecurity and protecting our critical infrastructure? What happened???

May 06, 2021

Bowling Blogging !!

Getting A Happy Ending

We went in to the finals 4 points ahead of our opponents at Old Guys league. We won 5-2 last night. This was enough to move us up to 6th place for the final standings. I had a great time bowling against Frank and John’s team, cracking wise and mouthing off the whole night. Plus a couple shots of tequila because Cinco de Mayo. Two of their guys are moving to Tennessee, and I think maybe our oldest guy Don needs to retire from bowling. He’s got some serious problem with his arm. I think it’s caused by the foolish way he throws the ball, but perhaps he throws that way because of the injury. Whatever. Val really came through for once, rolling a 613 series. He hasn’t thrown a 600 series in over a decade, usually plodding along in the 140s.

So with two openings on Frank’s team, and Don probably gone, I think it’s time to mix it up. Get myself on Frank’s team. We always have a lot of fun. Maybe take Glen and leave Val to fend for himself. Or leave Glen with Val and maybe Don, and try to find a 4th bowler for both teams. Whatever.

We bowl Friday for the last night of Cheap League. Of course we have to go back to both leagues next week to get our money, which is stupid, but that’s how it is. Then it’s a couple weeks off until summer league. Maybe.

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May 05, 2021

Tool Lust

Sthil GTA 26: The CCW Pocket Chainsaw


I saw one of these at the garden center the other day. I have no idea what it costs. Guy behind the counter said it was probably useless but boy oh boy did he want one. That was my reaction too. Total. Man. Appeal.

The STIHL GTA 26 battery-powered garden pruner is not only a completely new tool in the STIHL product range, it is the first of its kind on the U.S. market. With its lightweight and compact design with rubber grips this tool provides ease of use and minimizes wrist torsion. An LED light display provides charge level and status of the tool. With battery, charger, multi-oil, and even a transport bag, the GTA 26 set comes with everything users need to take on a variety of landscaping tasks.

From the reviews I’ve read, you should get at least one spare battery. And there have been reports that the chain doesn’t stay on too well.

The blade guard - literally the front part that goes up - is removable. Do that and it could be as useful as the Bosh EasyCut NanoBlade. Don’t know if bayonet lugs are available as an accessory.

There are several similar no-name micro chainsaws out there, about $80, but none of them is a Stihl. Goes for around $150 I think, when you can find one.

Give one of these to Tim Allen and watch him start doing his ape grunt routine. It’s a natural reaction.

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You had one job. One.


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May 04, 2021

Bridge Post !!  It’s about high time, ain’t it?

1700 feet long, nearly 600 feet above a gorge, and it sways and bounces with every step


Oh, and you could throw yourself over the side to your gruesome death, and the open mesh deck doesn’t even give you the visual security of walking on something solid.

This bridge will take a toll on the faint of heart.

The world’s largest pedestrian suspension bridge — 516 Arouca — opened Thursday in Portugal.  The bridge took workers two years to finish.
Violeta Santos Moura/Reuters

The views of rock-strewn mountains covered in lush greenery are spectacular from the 1693 foot crossing, but the see-through metal grid pathway that wobbles with every step might give many walkers pause.

The Portuguese bridge cost $2.8 million to construct.

The bridge traverses the fast moving River Paiva in the Arouca Geopark, suspended 574 feet above the water.


Mask or no mask, I bet it’s a thrill when the wind howls down that valley and you’re halfway across.

The $2.8 million bridge took two years to build, and officials hope it will attract visitors to the economically depressed region.

“It is a breath of fresh air for our land because it will attract more investment, more people,” said tour guide Emanuel.

The bridge will open to tourists on Monday.

“There were many challenges that we had to overcome… but we did it,” Arouca Mayor Margarida Belem said, “There’s no other bridge like this one in the world.”

Portugal’s highly-anticipated, record-breaking suspension bridge opened to the public last week, with steel-nerved adventurers making the first wobbly treks across.
“I was a little afraid, but it was so worth it,” Hugo Xavier, one of the first people to cross the bridge, told Reuters. “It was extraordinary, a unique experience, an adrenaline rush.”

The current Guinness World Record-holder for longest pedestrian suspension bridge is the Kokonoe Yume Bridge in Japan, which spans 1,280 feet. However, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, which opened in Switzerland in 2017, measures longer at 1,621 feet, according to The Associated Press.

“There were many challenges that we had to overcome… but we did it,” Margarida Belem, the mayor of Arouca, told Reuters at the opening last week. “There’s no other bridge like this one in the world.”

The bridge is part of the small town’s long-term plan to attract more visitors and new residents to the region.

The Arouca Bridge is now open to all travelers, with tickets available online from about $12 to $14.

Portugal is in a “country-wide State of Calamity” due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the embassy, and some restrictions remain in place. U.S. citizens are still not permitted to enter the country for non-essential reasons.

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Go on, make your own mental health joke about this one.

Thorazine may be an effective treatment against Covid-19

Chlorpromazine (CPZ), a phenothiazine derivative, is also known for its antiviral activity via the inhibition of clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Recent in vitro studies have reported that CPZ exhibits anti-MERS-CoV and anti-SARS-CoV-1 activity.

The whole genre of psychiatric medicines were discovered by accident. They started out as medicines to fight tuberculosis, TB, but the improvements in patient’s dispositions were quickly noticed. So it’s perhaps just that turnabout is fair play, and that drugs used these days primarily for mental health issues could be effective against viral infections.

Chlorpromazine, commonly known as thorazine, is also used to combat tetanus and blood disorders such as porphyria. Porphyria ( poor fear E uh ) is a group of syndromes caused by excessive porphyrins in the body, primarily via the liver. Porphyrins effect hemaglobin, which is the protein that carries oxygen in your blood. Lowered oxygen levels at the tissue level, hypoxia, causes cellular damage and is a known effect of the Covid-19 illness.  So the concept makes sense.

CPZ was identified as a likely medicine for repurposing in the ReCOVery study done about a year ago. Others have been looking at it too. Now they’re giving it a try in India, where the ‘rona is raging, the government is inept, and everything is FUBAR even worse than usual. It’s high time somebody somewhere, India, started giving repurposed meds a real look.


Also of interest:

It’s a blood disease, not just a lung disease. Primarily vascular, not just respiratory.

The presence of the spike proteins by themselves is enough to mess you up, especially fr the long haul. It alters your genes. Forever.

So who wants a vaccine that gives you spike proteins? Um, not me, no thanks.

Oh, and if you wondered why no doctors were telling you about vitamins, supplements, or perhaps even off label usages ... how about a $10,000 fine if they do so?

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May 03, 2021

Oh Canada!

Blame The Beavers

water rodents chew up data cable, cutting off internet for 900 in British Columbia

Beavers are being blamed for an internet, cellphone and cable TV outage in a remote town in northern B.C.

Tumbler Ridge, a four-hour drive north-east of Prince George, with a population of 1,982, is in the midst of what is now a two-day-long Telus coverage outage due to damage on local fibre cables by resident wildlife.

“It feels like a very unusual and uniquely Canadian turn of events,” said Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé in an email.

“Beavers have chewed through our fibre cable at multiple points, causing extensive damage,” reads her statement.

Internet service for about 900 homes and businesses, as well as cable service for 60 customers, was first disrupted on Saturday, April 24 just after 4 a.m. Soon after, crews were sent to investigate.

What they found is proof that safeguards don’t always work against beavers doing what comes naturally to them.

“Our team located a nearby dam, and it appears the beavers dug underground alongside the creek to reach our cable, which is buried about three feet underground and protected by a 4.5 inch thick conduit (tube),” Sauvé continued.

“The beavers first chewed through the conduit before chewing through the cable in multiple locations,” she said.


VANCOUVER—Update: Service was restored at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 according to Telus. The original story follows.

More war stories from BC’s ongoing beaver battles:

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This and that

Yup, still here. Haven’t posted in several days. Nothing really exciting enough to post about. Politics is BS and I can’t do anything about it, and I am beyond sick and tired of the But Covid stuff. Time to get a life again if I can.

We lost 3-4 Friday at Cheap League, that season is just about over, next week is it. Not sure if we’ll do summer league. Maybe I can loose weight and learn to bowl properly if I do. ( I say this every year )

Went out for Thai food Saturday. We go a bit late so the dinner “rush” is over - whatever rush there might be these days - and ate inside. There were a few folks at 2 other tables. Food was good as always. I had the crispy shrimp in cashew sauce, hot. Yum!

Gardening!! Neighbor Carol at the far end of our building has been talking people up, trying to get them involved in the garden up by the garbage corral. Glad to have the help if it happens. I’m ok at putting in plants but not so good at weeding, and terrible about garden design. So I’ll let her run with her plan, which will install a large ornamental rock in the middle of the garden. Meanwhile, we went out and bought a bunch of colorful annuals and spent half of yesterday planting them in 3 of our 6 beds. Moved the hanging basket hanger to a less intrusive spot, and generally cleaned things up outside here. Yes, it was a perfect day so we made the most of it. Later on, after I got back from my Sunday job, I made a nice little marinated pork loin on the grill.

Picked up a bag of 65 gladiolus bulbs for $10. Yes, it’s a bit late in the season to get them in. But they grow tall and are very colorful with lots of flowers. I’ll probably have to dig them up in the fall, as the bulbs are not winter hardy around here. I’m thinking maybe I should build a bulb frame for that, a simple rectangle of 2x4s with some 1/2” or 1” steel mesh ( the concrete rebar cloth stuff ) stapled to the bottom and lightly pinned on top. Dig a trench, turn the soil and fertilize it, lay in the box, pour in the bulbs, and bury it. The top screen will keep animals from digging the bulbs out, they’ll have plenty of room to send up shoots, and come fall all I’ll have to do is scrape down to the top after cutting back the growth, shake out the dirt, let them dry for a couple days, then park them in the back of the garage up high where they’ll sleep for the winter and not get too cold. It could work!

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April 28, 2021



Micheal Collins, Apollo 11 Astronaut, 90

“Loneliest Man In Human History”

The one who didn’t walk on the moon, instead waiting in the orbiting command module. When it circled around to the dark side, he became the most isolated human in all of human history, thousands of miles from Armstrong and Aldrin, and more than a quarter million miles away from earth.

Michael Collins, the man known as the “forgotten astronaut” of the Apollo 11 mission, has died at the age of 90.

Unlike Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, Collins never walked the moon and stayed behind to pilot the command module as it circled above the lunar surface.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Collins’ family said he passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer.

“We regret to share that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today, after a valiant battle with cancer,” the statement said. “He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side. Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility and faced this, his final challenge in the same way. We will miss him terribly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to have lived the life he did. We will honor his wish to celebrate, not mourn that life. Please join us in fondly remembering his sharp wit, his quiet sense of purpose, and his wise perspective, gained from looking back at Earth from the vantage of space and gazing across calm waters from the deck of his fishing boat.”

“NASA mourns the loss of this accomplished pilot and astronaut, a friend of all who seek to push the envelope of human potential,” said Jurczyk. “Whether his work was behind the scenes or on full view, his legacy will always be as one of the leaders who took America’s first steps into the cosmos. And his spirit will go with us as we venture toward farther horizons.”


Bowling Bloggng !!

We lost 2-5 last night at Old Guy’s league. We were simply outbowled. But to be fair, we did poorly. OMG, Don threw an 82 in the 3rd game. An 82. And that’s with 2 marks (strike or spare). Children score better than that. I think maybe it’s time he puts league bowling aside. It’s not like he is there for the socializing. The 3 of them continue to sit there like bumps on a log, saying nothing and having nothing to say. Ok, they all have major hearing loss. Gee, so do I. So I wear my hearing aids, and they’re turned on. And I make it a point to speak clearly, and not too fast, and with clean endings to words, because I know that those are difficult things for the mostly deaf folks to deal with. And I know that not hearing is very isolating. You can’t take part in conversations, and an awful lot of people are very impatient and mocking if they have to interact with us. Deaf doesn’t mean stupid, but stupid means stupid. And senile becomes stupid. And I think the 3 of these 70+ yo guys weren’t the sharpest bricks even in their prime. I won’t be bowling with them again. And there don’t seem to be any vacancies on any of the other teams, so maybe this will be it for me. Not to mention how their terrible bowling and complete unwillingness to improve hasn’t done me any good either.

I did see Rick, Brian’s father. The whole family got the ‘rona. Rick and his wife got over it after about a week, but Brian didn’t. He’s a bit of a special young man, and very overweight. Both of which are strong co-morbidities. I’d heard he was in the hospital a few weeks back. Well, a little good news, while he’s still in the hospital, he’s off the intubation and out of the ICU, and Rick says he took his first steps yesterday with the help of a physical therapist and that guardrail railing thing they use for this. So I was rather shocked, but also relieved. I was not going to be so crass as to ask about what treatment he’d been given, although Rick was one of the guys I spoke to in detail about ivermectin, fluvoxamine, and defensive amounts of vitamins and supplements. A month before they got sick.

Oh joy, the latest standings email came out, and we’ve slipped to 7th place, down from 3rd 3 weeks ago. Which means we do the finals against Frank’s team, and are 4 points up on them going into it. On the end lanes of course. Hexed. And we’ll get about 56 pins in handicap. I have a lot of fun bowling that crew. I’ve Frank and at least 1 other guy on that team for ages, and we always have a lot of fun cracking wise and screwing around. See, bowling can be fun if there’s some social interaction. And maybe even a beer or two. Maybe.


Health and stuff

I got all my blood test and urine test results back from my physical, and I’m fine. I’d asked if they could do a vitamin/mineral level check, but they don’t. I got a referral to one of the adjunct offices at the local hospital for that. Probably have to pay for it out of pocket, but I don’t really care. I think this is something I want to know about. Having taken more vitamins in the past year than I’ve ever taken in my life, I want to find out if I’ve gone to far. OTOH, I’ve hardly even had a headache this past year, and haven’t been sick at all. Ok, I had some sinus pressure and felt a bit groggy and foggy a few weeks ago, but I’m guessing that was allergies when everything started blooming and we had several damp days that woke up all the mold and mildew. Even had a covid test, just to make sure. Negative of course. Other than that, nada.


Gosh, our White House resident Biden* spoke last night in front of Congress. We watched about 20 seconds of it, and wrote the entire thing off as commie BS. Watched some home improvement show instead.

Ace has a pretty good rundown if you’re even slightly interested.

Aside from the fact that we are not a democracy but a representative constitutional republic - or at least we were - and that the “attack” was carried out by agents provocateurs of the Democrats in the form of BLM/Antifa confederates dressed as MAGA rally goers and police who with malice aforethought were either were kept away from the Capitol building or allowed the aforementioned BlaM-tifarians to enter the building and in one case assassinated an unarmed rally goer Ashli Babbitt, the absolute ludicrousness of the statement would be laughable were it not for the fact that a large percentage of our population think 9/11 is a convenience store, Pearl Harbor is a grunge band from Seattle and have no idea what the Civil War is. That’s because to know its significance would be to understand that everything their minds are being poisoned with in terms of “critical race theory” and “structural racism” is the titanic mega-mind-fuck to end all mind-fucks.


April 27, 2021

Yup, still here. Trying to get stuff done around the house. Dentist says to give the stitches another 2 weeks before they come out. Pretzels were a hit at her office, of course. I’m looking at peanut butter filled pretzel bits. Still more stuff to do here first.


I wanted to do a short Covid treatment post, “Charcoal Mellowed And No Stuffy Nose” about two therapies I’d never heard of before today, but the charcoal mellowed part is inaccurate.

The first is hemoperfusion, literally filtering your blood. This is not a new thing, although it isn’t used much in this country. Usually the filter is a column filled with activated charcoal and some kind of resin, which will capture both water and fat soluble toxins. But the one in this case uses microbeads coated with heparin (the blood thinner) because it turns out that the But Covid needs heparin sulphate to bind the spike proteins to the ACE-2 receptor sites. So the viral bits are hungry for it. And the virus is in your blood. Run them through the Seraph Microbind filter and it captures nearly all of them in a treatment or three. Get the virus out of your blood and then other medicines are more able to treat the illness. Works on a bunch of other nasty viruses and fungal infections too.

This thing, developed under DARPA sponsorship years ago, was given an Covid-19 EUA in the US more than a year ago and is slowly becoming standard care in a few hospitals. It’s expensive, but it can be attached to any blood pump or dialyses machine. It is currently used for severely ill patients, but in theory could be an early treatment approach as well. Expensive to buy, and expensive to use.

The second is news that another old generic medicine appears to work exceptionally well against the ‘rona. This time it’s cyproheptadine, one of the first antihistamines, around since Eisenhower was President. Turns out it’s an SSRI, a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, somewhat similar to fluvoxamine, but effective at more stages of the illness than that one. Managing serotonin levels, like fluvoxamine it excites a brain cell protein called the σ-1 receptor (S1R), which then limits the production of cytokines, thus stopping that cytokine storm thing we always hear about but don’t really understand. It’s all very complicated, which is what real science (not political “follow the science” science) is all about. But it seems to work, quickly and thoroughly. More study is needed of course. As always. Big video at the first link.

numerous studies show COVID-19 risks associated with heightened platelet activation representing higher intensity than with other forms of disease escalation such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. The doctor argues that elevated serotonin associated with COVID19 is reversible via Cyproheptadine for acute illness. 


April 25, 2021

Emergency Pretzels !!


So early this afternoon she tells me she’s supposed to bring some goodie to work in the morning, so can “we” make pretzels? Um, sure, even though my recipe is a 2 or 3 day affair. So I got her to help, made the dough, and it got about 7 hours to slow rise instead of my usual 28. Dough was too moist, but we managed. Made them half size so there’s more to go around. Besides, the office ladies are always like “I’ll just have a tiny bit”. So smaller is better.
Emergency pretzels. It’s a thing because I say so. Batch made a dozen, but we had to taste test, so we ate the ugliest one. Given that a couple of them in the picture are pretty nasty looking, you can guess just how ugly that one duckling was. And it was one of her low salt ones. Gak. Pretzels are what salt is for, so don’t even think such heretical thoughts. Low salt. Crivens!!


April 24, 2021

Well, no surprises here. I’d call this half an answer, which is better than none.

Natural post-Covid Immunity Level Equal To Vaccinated Immunity Level

H/T to Maggie’s Farm

Observational study of almost 26,000 UK healthcare workers: Recovered Covid patients risk of reinfection about the same as vaccinated but never had the virus folks chance of getting it for the first time. More than 8 times less likely for both groups.

Study published at The Lancet.

No point getting vaccinated if you’ve had this thing. You have natural immunity of the same level.

This was a cohort study carried out in the UK that recruited 25,661 NHS hospital workers and then followed them for an average seven months.
Everyone who had or had previously had a positive antibody test or PCR test for covid-19 at the beginning of the study was placed in to the covid positive cohort, and everyone else was placed in to the covid negative cohort. The covid positive cohort contained 8,278 participants at the beginning of the study, while the covid negative cohort contained 17,383.
Since this was a study of healthcare workers, more than 80% were female, and since it was carried out in the UK, more than 80% were white. The median age was 46 years and 75% had no underlying health conditions. In other words, the results primarily apply to relatively young healthy white women. It’s actually a good thing that the participants were relatively young and healthy, because we want to compare the results we get here with the results from the vaccine trials, and the participants in those trials were also young and healthy.
he goal was to PCR test all participants every two weeks, and antibody test them once a month. In other words, the participants weren’t just tested if they had symptoms. They were continuously screened for covid.
Over the course of 2,047,113 days of follow-up in the covid positive group, there were 78 cases of symptomatic covid-19 (by which we mean a positive test + at least one symptom).

Over the course of 2,971,436 days of follow-up in the covid negative group, there were 1,369 cases of symptomatic covid-19.

This works out to a relative risk reduction 0f 92%. For comparison, the Pfizer vaccine trial reported a reduction of 95%, the Moderna trial reported an reduction of 94%, the Astra-Zeneca trial reported a reduction of 70%, and the Johnson&Johnson trial reported a reduction of 67%.

So, on the face of it, prior infection is equivalent to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in terms of the level of protection offered, and much better than the Astra-Zeneca vaccine and J&J vaccine. In light of this, it seems completely unnecessary for people who have had covid to get the vaccine.


Ok, so having HAD the ‘rona, your chances of getting it again are on par with your chances of getting it for the first time if you’ve been vaccinated. And just under an 8% chance of getting for the first time, without vaccination. And these are healthcare workers, who might be exposed at a higher rate than the rest of us, but OTOH may be somewhat better protected (PPE) at work than the rest of us are when out in public.


Yay me! I weeded the whole garden up by the garbage corral. Took out armloads, probably 20lbs, of some hyperactive thing I call runner weed. No idea what it is. Grows little purple flowers like clover, but spreads thin vine-y stems everywhere, and is super prolific, the earliest showing and fastest growing thing I’ve ever seen. Not aromatic. Smooth stems with a leaf or two every half a foot. Not irritating to the skin. Seems to like full sun and good soil. Does not get more than about a foot tall, but spreads out over the ground, quickly becoming very dense. If you know what this is, comment!


click pic for a way bigger version.


Aww, freckles.



1619 Total Debunk

Blogger No Pasaran! summarizes the BS 1619 Project with one sentence, but spends 20 paragraphs killing it in loving detail.

It’s crap, it’s wokest nonsense, it’s a total fraud, it’s a critical race theory lie supported by commie media. If this crap is in your kid’s school program, riot. Screw talking. Those days are over. Let your voices be heard through fire. That’s the right approach for everyone else, right?


Bowling Blogging !!

Well last night was a total bust. We lost all 7 in the last night of Cheap League’s regular rotation. Next 2 weeks are the “finals”, and our newbies will be prebowlng at least the first week. I really have to find one way to roll that works reasonably, and stick with it.


Yeah, I have more covid stuff. India is going belly up with their latest wave. There is no interest on this blog or in this country, so I’m not going to bother writing about it. Maybe the Great Culling / Reset has some value after all.


April 23, 2021

More of the Covid crap

Oh, the horrible but delicious irony if this turns out to be true. An over the counter (OTC) nasal spray, long sold around the world as an anti-viral to protect you against colds and flu, is looking like an effective early treatment solution for the dread But Covid virus. The active ingredient that does the trick is an extract of seaweed called carageenan. This has been used for ages as a thickening agent in canned soups, gravies, syrups, and many other food products that you buy.

The Seaweed Solution: Carageenan Kills The Covid

Marinomed Biotech AG (VSE:MARI), an Austrian science-based biotech company with globally marketed therapeutics derived from innovative proprietary technology platforms, announced today that Carragelose inactivates the new, rapidly spreading variants and SARS-CoV-2 wildtype with similar efficacy in vitro. The Company tested the three variants that currently mostly drive the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the so-called British or B.1.1.7, the South-African or B.1.351, and the Brazilian or P1 variant.[*] The data demonstrate that also with increasing prevalence of virus variants, the marketed OTC Carragelose-based lozenges, nasal and throat sprays will continue to effectively contribute to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent in vitro tests, Marinomed included four lentiviruses differently pseudotyped with the spike protein of wild-type SARS-CoV-2 or one of the three variants B.1.1.7, B1.351 and P1, respectively. Carragelose was able to inactivate all four virus forms at concentrations below 5 µg/ml. This is clinically relevant for the use of Carragelose-containing products: The marketed nasal sprays have a Carragelose concentration of 1.2 mg / ml, a more than 200-fold higher dose as shown to be effective in vitro.

Carageenan, iota-carageenan, and carragelose are all names for the same thing, a sulphated polymer extract of red seaweed, otherwise known as Irish moss.

Look, these are in vitro results. Tests in the lab, not on people. But the test was run because they were getting so much feedback from people using the spray against the Covid-19 with good results. It would be an early treatment or a prophylactic treatment.

However, this seems to line up with the earlier IVERCAR study done in Argentina on people, which found great results using a spray made from carageenan and Ivermectin. Maybe the Ivermectin wasn’t needed after all?

The study, formally titled “Usefulness of Topic Ivermectin and Carrageenan to Prevent Contagion of COVID Among Healthy People and Health Personnel” had a start date of June 1, 2020 and an estimated study completion date of August 10, 2020. The study team recruited 1,195 health professionals of which 407 received no treatment and 788 self-administered ivermectin oral drops and an iota-carrageenan nasal spray five times per day over a 14 day period.

The Argentinian study team reported that the study data revealed that of the participants in the control group (e.g. not taking the study drug combination) 58% of the participants were infected with COVID-19 during the duration of the trial. The study team reported no contagions were recorded in the carrageenan and ivermectin arm, showcasing the compounds’ virucidal effects can potentially protect against COVID-19.

This is almost twice as much daily nasal spray as the OTC products suggest. Many of the early studies used a “more must be better” approach.

Since medicine “cocktails” seem to be in vogue with this virus, I wonder if a spray can be made combining carageenan, Ivermectin, and the nitric oxide gel used in the SaNOtize anti-covid nasal spray? I have no idea if that would be any better, or even possible. But all 3 seem to do the job, at least in the early stages.

PS - Betadine’s sore throat spray and their sore throat gargle use povidone-iodine as the active ingredient. Povidone-iodine was found to do a pretty darn good, but not perfect, job killing the covid in the Ulm medical college mouthwash study some months ago. Ok, Listerine was better. But not by that much.


April 22, 2021

Bowling Blogging !!

We split the last night of regular bowling in Old Guys league with a 3-4 loss. I did Ok, G did Ok, V was mostly Ok, D sucked chunks as always. And we were up against a team of semi-pro bowlers with superb skills. But the one skill they didn’t seem to have was flexibility, the ability to adapt to strange lane conditions. And they were strange last night, plus we were on the notoriously awful end lanes. Of maybe they weren’t even trying, knowing they could beat us at any point if they wanted, and that their position in the finals is pretty much locked in place. Whatever. We won the first game by a good margin, then lost the next two games by a few pins. So we got total wood. Next week is the first of two position rounds that are the finals. Then we show up a week later to get our prize money, such as it is. Pretty sure my elderly team came in dead last place in the first half of the season. And we might finish in the middle of the pack in this half, if we can all bowl a little better. I left an open in the 10th frame of games 2 and 3. Really annoying. Threw away a 200 game, and we could have nearly won if I’d been able to put another 18 pins up in either of those. Meh, ok, at least one more of us would have had to do a little better in the 10th as well. So it isn’t all my fault. But we were that close each time.


April 21, 2021

Weather or not, here it comes

So much for the perfect Spring day we had up until now. The weather alert service is going crazy. The sky is dark, the exterior lights came on. The wind is rising, the thunderstorm approaches. Emergency forecast says 60mph winds, tornadoes, hail, and intense rain and flooding possible. Plus the temperature dropped probably 10-15 degrees in a few minutes. So power loss, trees down, the typical weather apocolypse are all on the plate. We’re all gonna die!!!

Yup, instant downpour. I’m doomed !!!

Looks like good time to feed the cats and take a nap.


April 20, 2021

There is no justice any more.

Chauvin Guilty On THREE Counts Of Murder For Death Of Overdosed Druggie Criminal

If Floyd had been white his death never would have even been news.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday afternoon of second and third-degree murder along with second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in May. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison. He will be sentenced eight weeks from today.

The jury was not sequestered. The jury was not chosen from an area where they would be less biased (change of venue); it was a local bunch. They had access to TV and internet news. The trial was televised; how’s that for witness intimidation? The Resident of the White House made statements that he hoped they’d find Chauvin guilty. Maxine Waters outright threatened the city with more violence if the verdict didn’t go the way she wanted. Even the judge reacted to these threats, saying they could influence the trial. Video evidence shows that Chauvin was not really leaning on Floyd’s neck the whole time. The knee press thing is standard procedure in that department. Floyd had enough fentanyl in him to kill a horse. His defense team was pathetic, calling only for reasonable doubt in their summation.

Now you tell me, what the hell kind of justice system do we have where you can be charged and convicted of 3 different levels of causing the death of someone. That’s beyond total bullshit.

And there will be riots anyway, you just watch.


NIH: Masks Don’t Stop Covid-19; They Are USELESS

The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.

Published in January. Ignored by media and government, just like the Copenhagen study of thousands of store clerks which concluded that masks were at best only slightly marginal and that the downsides probably outweighed any benefit.

But you’d better not mention this on social media, or you’ll be shut down.


Aww crap, am I still here? I’m going to try fermented beet root powder too. See if it makes a difference I can notice. So between that, the mushroom things, and the magnesium things, I think I should feel a lot more energetic and mentally sharp inside 2 months. Or else all this supplement stuff is a load of crap. Speaking of a load of crap, now that I’m done with my antibiotics from my dental surgery, I’m going to have to do pro-biotics and spore-biotics for a week or so. I took 5 days off from all the vitamins too. Starting that again, and am trying to stay inwardly aware, to see if I can feel the slightest difference. Because I’m getting really tired of the whole damn routine.  Somehow I got by for 30 years without hardly any vitamin pills ever, although I did get colds and stuff a few times a year.  A solid year of taking a hefty but balanced load of supplements and I do not feel like Superman. I wasn’t expecting that. But I don’t feel much of anything, and I was expecting more than that.



My first tulips of the season opened yesterday. The Asiatic lilies have not woken up yet. Looks like the Clematis survived the winter; maybe it will actually grow this year. 

We put in a whole bunch of gladiolus bulbs at my mom’s, and it turns out they’re quite deer resistant. Which is important, as she has so many deer that her backyard is covered in deer poop. Several of them spent the entire winter in her yard, eating everything. It’s amazing they didn’t eat the bricks in the sidewalk.


April 19, 2021

W. T. F. ??


Me too, it’s too good to ignore!!

click on the pic

Air show in Cocoa Beach. Pilot has engine trouble in a WWII Avenger, a 3 seat midsize torpedo bomber. Can’t make it to a runway, has to ditch. Puts the plane down in the ocean perfectly, just feet off the beach. And right over the heads of a couple people in the water. Plane not badly damaged, pilot didn’t even lose his sunglasses, no swimmers injured.

Too sweet for words.


Not a whole lot going on here. I’m reading about the health benefits of mushrooms, and what this kind and that kind can do. There are thousands of kinds of mushrooms, and at least 250 edible one. And I didn’t know that they are the only plant based source of vitamin D. Ok, it’s D2 not D3, but once it gets digested and into your blood, it’s the same thing.



We were both watching the bowling videos on YouTube this weekend. This JR Raymond guy from Bowler X explains things real well, and the ones from Brad and Kyle are fun to watch. Who knows, maybe we can learn something. Like playing the inside of the ball. The what??


April 17, 2021

Doctors Who Act Like Doctors

Down in the Imperial Valley in California, right up against the border with Mexico, a pair of doctors have been actively treating the Covid-19 for months now. They have treated thousands of patients, and only a few of the late-comers have needed hospitalization. It appears that they took a really good look at what works and what doesn’t work, and put together a protocol that uses everything that works, if necessary. And it works. And they’ve been at it for over a year now.

And outside of this small area in the southwest corner of the nation, crickets. Not a damn word anywhere.

BRAWLEY – A front-line local doctor treating COVID-19 patients claims to have figured out what works to keep his patients alive. He claims to have answers on better controlling, and curbing, a pandemic that knows no boundaries.

Dr. George Fareed is a physician who can be spotted during football season as local high school’s field doctor working with athletes from Holtville, El Centro, Imperial, and lately, with Brawley Union High School.

Fareed graduated with honors in 1970 at Harvard and pursued medical studies, research, and teaching at Harvard and UCLA in the first 20 years of his career. Fareed returned to clinical medicine in 1991 when he came to the Imperial Valley to establish a general practice. 

No one who knows him well was surprised to see him jump into the COVID-19 pandemic full force. As hot spots jumped from city to city, cases and deaths rose, businesses and schools closed down, Fareed began testing for the virus, followed by caring for patients at home, in the hospitals, and in the local COVID-tents set up by the hospitals and the National Guard.

“I became so frustrated.” Fareed said as he listened to national news and the Task Force. What he was hearing and what he witnessed first-hand did not correlate. He began zoom meetings with other front-line doctors on the east coast and found they had the same experiences he did, finding what worked and what didn’t, finding preventatives before exposures, and keeping his patients alive.

They started out with what is now called the Zelenko Protocol, which is the HCQ/zinc/Z-pack approach. And it works, but it works mostly in the early stages. And early treatment for this virus is almost non-existent in our country.

So, what I am proposing is a drastic shift from our current approach: we need to ramp up our outpatient efforts of treating COVID-19 to decrease the burden on hospitals and save lives. Such an approach requires an effective outpatient treatment — we have that in the HCQ cocktail.

How do we get there? I propose that the Task Force allow myself and a few other clinicians/researchers who have used and/or studied the HCQ cocktail present our plan that focuses on outpatient treatment and prevention as opposed to a hospital-based approach only treating patients when they become ill.

The FDA and CDC should be there as well given that they are the agencies that formulate the drug policies.

We need a medical strategy, not only for now while we are in a crisis, but for the future. There is no guarantee that a vaccine will rid us of COVID-19. If we had a strategy, we would not have to shut down American life, especially schools, every time there is an outbreak.

Their protocol soon expanded to include Ivermectin, and now includes Fluvoxamine and Budesonide. All of them at the same time.

Interestingly, Dr. Fareed feels that the young should be allowed to get the ‘rona, as almost all of them get it only very mildly and quickly recover. And this ... sssh, don’t say this out loud ... builds herd immunity.

Young healthy people do not need prophylaxis against COVID-19. In young and healthy people, this infection causes mild cold-like symptoms. It is advantageous for these patients to be exposed to COVID-19, build up their antibodies and have their immune system clear the virus. This will facilitate the development of herd immunity and help prevent future COVID-19 pandemics.

In other words, he refused to sit back and watch people get sick and perhaps die, and got out there and acted like a doctor should. Treating, learning, adapting, curing. And like every illness ever, treating the But Covid early is the best and easiest approach.

It’s an interesting protocol. It appears that they are doing a combination therapy from the outset that uses HCQ, IVM, and Fluvoxamine together, plus all the helper meds we’re familiar with. I would have expected larger amounts of D3, especially given D’s relationship to blood clotting. Their dose of Fluvoxamine is double what I’ve seen elsewhere, but Fluvoxamine is the new kid on this block so dosage experimentation is to be expected. In one arm of their approach they use IVM on day 1, 3, and perhaps day 5 if needed, but in another arm it looks like the patient is getting IVM up to 5 days in a row. That’s a lot, but this is what the protocol in Uttar Pradesh is, and that one uses twice the dose (0.6mg/kg).

I would really like to see their data; this isn’t just a “kitchen sink” approach but a BIG kitchen sink. Hit them with everything, and lots of it. With thousands of patients treated, they should have enough details for meaningful analysis. Data for patient tolerance for all these drugs at once is very important. I hope they are doing good follow-ups as well, because we need something that works for the Long Haulers, or prevents it entirely.

And what has the media response been? Given that the Imperial Valley is chock full of hispanics (90%), many of whom are migrant farm labor, the media focuses on ... racism. And low wages.

Latinos were denied fair pay, leaving them vulnerable to COVID-19. In this six-part series, USA TODAY investigates how racism killed people of color.
Many of Imperial County’s residents are U.S. citizens yet are often treated in the fields like foreign visitors without basic workers’ rights. They live among industrialized farms surrounded by desert. The opulent mansions of San Diego are a two-hour drive west.

It is one of the poorest and unhealthiest places in California, with high rates of unemployment and child poverty. Nearly a quarter of families depend on federal assistance for food.

Imperial County’s suffering mirrors the struggles of many Latinos across the nation, who are more likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to face poverty and poor nutrition after centuries of being pushed into low-paying jobs and segregated communities. Now, they are also more likely to die from COVID-19. As of Oct. 15, Imperial County had counted 335 COVID-related deaths. That’s 185 deaths per 100,000 residents – nearly triple the national rate of 66 per 100,000.

That terrible death rate in one of poorest and most racist parts of the country is only 2/3 the death rate here in mostly affluent and “wokefully” enlightened NJ, which is about 260 per 100K cases.


Bowling Blogging !!

A good reminder that sucessful bowling means focusing on the game. Put the rest of life in it’s box for a while and pay attention. Put the cell phone away. Stop working remotely on your job. We managed a 3-4 loss last night. None of us did very well in the first game, with Mrs. Newbie throwing an execrable 104. She won the pot for Low Game, but we lost by 4 pins. I threw a 145, which is awful for me. Most of the other team wasn’t in the groove either. Hey, sometimes Game 1 is just an extended warm-up. Things got a little better in the second game. A very little. I threw 7 over average, and we lost that one by 6 pins. But things got better in the last game. The Wifely’s pre-bowling a 190, way over her average, did not hurt. Mrs. Newbie pulled out a 156, which is a really good game for her. And I found the groove finally, throwing a 221. It was mostly strikes with 2 missed spares in the middle. Not a lot of hook, but accurate delivery into the pocket with enough flair on the ball to dig in and do the job. Stay behind the ball!!  And we won that game by more than 100 pins, which easily gave us wood.

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April 16, 2021

Nothing like starting your morning with a small emergency. Dizzy cat had another seizure just a little before 6am. We held her while it passed and got her medicines in her in seconds. It was a pretty small one, and the first one she’s had in more than 4 weeks. So pretty good. Afterwards she was shaky for a bit, and then super hungry as always. And of course the other ones want to eat when there’s food put out. Even our outdoor cat Ginger came by and got something in his bowl. Emergency over, I got a chance to use the bathroom and then get some coffee going.


The Never Ending Emergency

This week’s Pandemic Panic Map

Our benevolent governor Murphy, aka King Phillip I, has granted himself Emergency Powers yet again. Every month for at least 14 months now. Because Teh Virus. Forever.

Citing the continued threat of the COVID crisis in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that the public health emergency initiated a year ago has again been extended another 30 days.

Murphy said late Thursday that the Department of Health’s handling of the continued high rate of new cases while also expanding vaccine distribution has necessitated the need to extend the public emergency.

Nearly everyone in this super Blue state is sick and tired of this jive by now. But nothing happens. Our Legislature down in Trenton remains comatose.

Meanwhile in Indiana:

Indiana legislators are inching toward a possible court fight with Gov. Eric Holcomb by voting to override his veto and give themselves more authority to intervene during governor-declared emergencies.

The Republican-dominated House and Senate on Thursday easily achieved the simple majorities required to turn aside Holcomb’s objections and enact the provisions of House Bill 1123 into law.

The law establishes a new process for the General Assembly to call itself into a 40-day emergency session to consider legislative action in response to a gubernatorial declaration of a statewide emergency. That change limits a governor’s authority to impose long-lasting emergency restrictions such as mask rules and business closures.

The J&J Vaccine Reaction Thing: I meant to mention yesterday that 1 of the whole 6 women of child-bearing age to suffer blood clots, from the more than 6.6 million doses of the Jansen-19 vaccine administered, is from New Jersey. Of course. And she’s obese. Of course. And most likely a school teacher, as nearly the entire distribution of this vaccine was given to the school system employees. No word on what other health conditions she may have, what her vitamin levels are, or whether she’s on birth control pills, or whether she already had the ‘rona and recovered, but got the vaccine anyway. All of those things are being investigated for The Six.

That guy with the insane leg rash reaction is also from NJ.

Lots of healthy people in this state. Yeah, no. Not at all.


No Evidence !!!

( Every pitcher sells a stony donut? )


The modem chip built into every Dominion voting machine.

Not much else needs to be said.


Better start hoarding them

It’s A Shortage, Gnome Saying?

Garden gnome shortage strikes due to pandemic and Suez Canal blockage

Gardens may have to go gnome-free this summer.

Over the past year, a combination of changing consumer needs and issues stemming from the pandemic has caused a variety of shortages. These supply issues have ranged from toilet paper to aluminum cans and even pepperoni.

The U.K. has seen an increase in the demand for garden gnomes, but the recent Suez Canal blockage and other factors have made shipments of the accessories difficult to come by, SWNS reports. Now, garden gnomes can be added to that list.

Due to the lockdowns, more people have taken up gardening, Southwest News Service reports. In the United Kingdom, this has reportedly led to a significant increase in the demand for garden gnomes.

Unfortunately, several factors, including the recent Suez Canal blockage, have made getting shipments of the popular garden accessories difficult to come by.

“While garden gnomes are not top of everyone’s list, gardening has been very popular during the lockdown,” explained Iain Wylie, chief executive of the Garden Center Association, “and correspondingly we’ve had difficult times where supply chains have been under pressure.”

Climate change and a stuck ship in the Suez Canal are to blame. Riiiight. Because everyone needs to buy new gnomes every year. Or never, in my case. And we have 5 gardens here.

[ Update: Still laden with cargo, gnomes included, the Ever Given has been seized by Egypt. ]

So, the gnome supply is short? Aren’t they always? “Pool of dwarf track and field stars running low”. Well, duh.

Sorry for the short post.


April 15, 2021

I have to go to the dentist today for a post-op exam. Don’t think the stitches will be coming out yet, so I hope it’s a quick in-and-out visit.


But Covid !!

Proxalutamide and Fluvoxamine. Two more medicines that look as if they will be extremely effective treatments for the Covid-19 illness.

Time and trials will tell, but both of these are showing good safety levels and efficacy equal or stronger than Ivermectin. I’ve mentioned before that Fluvoxamine used together with Ivermectin appears to be a nearly magical combo.


April 14, 2021

Mystery Bowling Blogging !!

I wound up sort of pre-bowling tonight. I hadn’t really intended to, but she needed to pre-bowl for our Friday league. And she was still at home today, because she was out sick but can’t come back until she has no fever or symptoms for 24 hours with no medicines. So it got to be mid afternoon, and she figured it was time to head up to the alley. She didn’t want to go up there with me in the evening and have to hang out for 2 more hours after pre-bowling, even if they could find her some lanes. So come with me! Ok, fine, if I go with you, and we only take 1 vehicle, then I may as well pre-bowl. For tonight. Which is sort of against the rules, but the But Covid cuts a lot of slack, so pre-quarantining for the But Covid test should count too. The kid behind the counter heard our story, and put us both on one pair of lanes. Which I found out later she shouldn’t have done. So esoteric rule about pacers. And we were up against the clock, with the lanes having to be cleaned before the leagues came in in an hour or so. So we bowled on worn out and dirty lanes, and it was aerobic bowling. We threw 3 games each in about an hour. I was sweating like a piglet. Way too fast a pace for me. And we didn’t roll very well. So on average I threw on average. But they couldn’t do a print out for me, as that paper went in her envelope for the Friday league. And that paper looks like I prebowled for that league, which I didn’t. Whatever. Hope they accept my scoresheet without the printout. So we left just as my Old Guys league folks were starting to show up. Came home and made a nice dinner.

The old farts on my team don’t do email, they don’t do text messages. And I don’t have their phone numbers. If they even have phones. Who knows. So I’ll find out how my team managed when I get the standings email in a few days. And I’ll go to Cheap League on Friday, and hope the Newbies show up.

I’m at that late season point where I’m really looking forward to the season being over. Only 3 or 4 weeks to go.


This puts Newsom’s High Sped Rail to shame. Horry Clap, what a con.

Hawaii wants even more $$$$$$ to develop 20 mile railway that will cost $120,000 PER FOOT

Screw you, and we want all our money back. With compound interest. 

Hawaiian rail project that got $70 million in COVID stimulus lobbying for more to cover shortfall

Project faces $3.68 billion shortfall, according to Honolulu Star-Advertiser

A behind-schedule and over-budget rail project in Hawaii that got $70 million in the coronavirus stimulus package is now angling for more federal money to close a $3.68 billion funding gap.

The 20-mile project, run by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), began in 2009 and later got $1.8 billion in federal money, including some from the economic stimulus signed by former President Barack Obama. The mayor of Honolulu at the time said the project was “shovel-ready,” but ground was not broken for the project until 2011.

Now, according to the Associated Press, HART plans to spend $1 million on federal lobbyists in the coming years to help close the funding gap on the project that the Hawaii state auditor said the “hallmark” of is “[o]ver-promise, under-deliver.”

“While never completed, it’s still digging a deeper money pit for taxpayer dollars,” Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa., says of the project in her April “Squeal Award,” which is designed to call out government waste.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser first reported that the project would get $70 million from the coronavirus stimulus. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said the funding “doesn’t solve the structural deficit” but “just gets us out of the 2020 hole,” according to the paper.

“We found that, as the Project progressed and costs swelled from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018, HART began reporting information to the public that often contradicted its own internal projections or differed from what it was telling the FTA,” the Hawaii state auditor said in a 2019 report.

After years of delays, the project is now projected to cost $12.45 billion, according to the Star-Advertiser.

“That adds up to nearly $120,000 per foot!” Ernst says in the “Squeal Award.”

One more mega-porkulous project in a insanely leftist state. You want a choo-choo that runs from nowhere to nowhere? Tax the shit out of your lazy fat worthless welfare sucking layabout citizens. Less than a million people live on Oahu where Honolulu is. Hit each one up for $10,000 and pay for this pig roast yourselves.

Or better yet, since this boondoggle will only benefit the Honolulu people who work right near the bay (Pearl Harbor), and that the city only has 350,000 people, tax each one $30,000. That’ll take a whole lot of EBT swipes, but what the heck. Live on poi, pineapples, and those little fish, like proper natives.

GFY to the 100th power. GFY, to infinity and beyond.

Details on this wonder project are here.


One Less Crook

Bernie Madoff, Dead In Jail

Too bad, not sad.

Bernie Madoff, the notorious architect of the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history, has died at age 82.

Madoff was serving a 150-year sentence at the federal medical care center in Butner, North Carolina, where his attorney said he was being treated for terminal kidney failure. Last year, Madoff’s attorney filed court papers seeking the 82-year-old’s release during the coronavirus pandemic, saying he suffered from end-stage renal disease. The request was denied. 

His death is believed to be from natural causes, a spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, Nick Biase, told FOX Business.

A decades-long force on Wall Street, Madoff shocked the world when he pleaded guilty in 2009 to running a vast Ponzi scheme that prosecutors said swindled thousands out of their life savings. The scheme began in the early 1970s, and by the time Madoff was arrested in December 2008, had defrauded as many as 37,000 people in 136 countries out of up to $65 billion.

His victims included the famous – film director Steven Spielberg, actor Kevin Bacon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Weisel – as well as ordinary investors.


April 13, 2021

Health Update: Yay, it ain’t the But Covid ‘rona. Both our tests came back negative. Probably pollen allergy. Whatever. I feel fine at this point.


I kind of had to take a few days off. We are both sick here. Came down with something Friday night. By Saturday afternoon we’d decided to go to a doctor. So we went to the walk in clinic downtown, only to find it was back to doing tele-medicine visits. So call us tomorrow at 4:30. We shared the call discussing our symptoms. Hers are not the same as mine. While neither of us really met the “classic” symptom list for the Covid, we felt it was smartest to go and get the test done. So we drove down there, the nurse came out in the parking lot with the swab kits, and we impaled ourselves. Actually, the swab is a lot less invasive than it was when I took the test last June. You only have to put the thing a bit up your nose. Fine by me. We’re waiting on the results, “pre-quarantining”. I feel fine at this point. I think she’s a lot better too. Some kind of 72 hour bug. But just to be prepared, we did a great big grocery shopping trip online, and had it all put in the car “contact free”. So we’ve got food for 2 weeks if necessary. And she’s getting extra rest; she can’t go back to work until she gets the results, which take a couple days. A lot less than the 11 days it took last time.

The first question the doctor asked about our symptoms was “have you had any loss of taste or smell?” so obviously it was all about the coronavirus. And as far as I understand things, loss of taste and smell is a sign of zinc deficiency, and that when you have the virus your body consumes a lot of zinc fighting it, which can drastically lower your zinc levels very quickly. But we’ve both been taking extra zinc for a year now, along with all the other vitamins and supplements, so we probably have plenty of it to spare. So that symptom is kind of moot, is my guess.


very delayed bowling blogging !!

We lost Friday at Cheap League, 2-5. A bad night for the rest of my team, but I rolled over average in each game. At the end, when Mr. Newbie was feeling frustrated after rolling 3 horrible games, he was all “I suck.” So I said, “Well, what do you want to do about that?” and he says “Nothing.” Some people just don’t have the desire to improve, or even compete. Maybe bowling league, even a marginally competitive one like ours, isn’t the right place. Come on, you have to at least try to do better. But every thing I’ve tried to show him, or even talked about, has met with resentment. How dare I even mention ways to get better at this. I’m so patronizing and condescending I guess. Frankly, dude, your ball is a piece of cheap crap which you never even clean, drilled in the worst possible way, you bowl like an arthritic retarded rhinoceros, doing weird shit with your arm and hand, you don’t even swing the ball, you have no approach, you have no follow through, you refuse to learn to target your throw, and you send the ball down the lane slower than great-grandma. So yeah, you really do suck. And I wonder if you get off on that, the pathos of it, in a Woody Allen / David Schwimmer kind of way.


FDA and CDC Put The Freeze On J&J’s Jansen-19 Covid Vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday because of blood-clot concerns.

“We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” the FDA announced on Twitter.

The FDA reported that, as of Monday, more than 6.8 million doses of New Brunswick-based company’s vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine.

“Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” the FDA said. “Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered.”

More than 20 countries have stopped using the UK Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for the same reason. This is not a positive sign.

6 cases out of 6.8 million injections. Less than one in a million. 1 : 1.13 million. Is this the right move or not?


No Litter Box Metaphors Apply

Back in the 80s the entire NY Metro area went to see the Broadway smash hit Cats. One of the best shows of the Andrew Lloyd Weber era. Thousands of performances were put on over the years. I went twice. The first time they had the regular cast, highly polished and fluid. The show was spectacular and energetic with amazing costumes and sets, although it didn’t make a whole lot of sense. It didn’t need to. Everyone was just blown away anyway. The second time I went the show was done by the B cast. Same set and costumes, but they didn’t have the same skill level and played the show for laughs. It was great fun but in a different way from the first time.

Many years later, long after the show finally petered out and left the Wintergarden Theater, a movie was made from the songs and the story. Starring everybody. And it was universally panned as one of the worst movies ever made, as bad as Gigli or some terrible “Bennifer” flick. They changed the songs. They changed the order. They made linear film out of it, expanding on the original idea like Peter Jackson getting his hands on The Hobbit. Sacrilege!! Eau de Merde! Abomination!!!!

We watched it on TV last night. It was magnificent. Yes, they changed things around, added some lyrics here and there, performed the songs in different ways, and added a dark aspect to the whole thing with the expansion of the role of Macavity Cat, played wryly by Idris Elba. And it made sense. It was a story, not just a string of songs and dances. Oh there were plenty of those, as each kind of cat was brought on, telling their little story. But it wasn’t disjoint. Sure, Judi Dench is in there, and Ian McKellin, and Jennifer Hudson. Even Taylor Swift shows up. and Rebel Wilson. But the real stand-out is Francesca Hayward, who plays the little white abandoned cat Victoria, who’s role is the rope that ties all the disjoint parts together. Hayward doesn’t get many lines, and she only sings a bit, but this stikingly beautiful woman can dance. No kidding. She’s one of the top ballerinas out there, and it shows. Is it ”cat-ural appropriation” that she’s from Kenya and plays an all white kitten? I don’t care. And it doesn’t matter that the cast seemed to be a lot more diverse that whoever was on stage back in the 80s, although that would have been hard to spot given the costumes. This movie amps up the jazz, soul, and R&B, elevating and emphasizing the musical blackness. And it works.

At first I rather resented this film, as it was so different from the play. But then I got into it and began appreciating the art of this interpretation. By the end I was all emotional and blowing my nose a bunch of times. It’s that impacting. If you aren’t locked in to the motif of the original, let yourself explore and enjoy this film if you get the chance. 



Doing pretty good today after the tooth extraction yesterday. My dentist is one of the top rated guys in the state year after year.

I slept through most of the night, got up to use the potty at some point before dawn, went back to bed and slept late. Used another ice pack, took my pills. Jaw feels pretty good. Might not need another pain pill after this one. Still, I’m going to take it easy today, and just hang out and read a book. And give my bowling ball the full cleaning treatment for tonight’s league.





Add another state to the Freedom List. That makes it 20 so far I think.

Tennessee Now Has Constitutional Carry

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed a bill on Thursday that will allow most adults to carry a handgun without a permit.

The Tennessean reports the bill, which will go into effect on July 1, allows people 21 and older to carry handguns open and concealed without a permit. Members of the military aged 18 to 20 will also be permitted to carry handguns without a permit under the new law. The law does not apply to long guns.

The Tennessean notes that the legislation is backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) but is opposed by Tennessee’s leading law enforcement groups who argue the bill could potentially increase crime and officer vulnerability.

“I signed constitutional carry today because it shouldn’t be hard for law-abiding Tennesseans to exercise their #2A rights. Thank you members of the General Assembly and @NRA for helping get this done,” Lee wrote on Twitter.

The bill will remove misdemeanor offenses for most people who carry a handgun without a permit while also increasing punishments for other gun crimes such as increasing a theft of a firearm from a misdemeanor to a felony.

State Democrats are largely against the bill, the Tennessean reports.

“It seems that more is never enough when it comes to gun laws in this state,” Democratic state Rep. Larry Miller said according to the newspaper.

Did you get a load of the hypocrisy from (D) Miller? 20,000 gun laws in the country and the libs are always pushing for more, more control, more convoluted “common sense”. But when a state moves to support the Second Amendment’s “shall not be infringed” it’s suddenly ”they always want more laws”. What a carbuncle.

I’m scenting a trend here. While 41 of our 50 states are Shall Issue, 20 of those are now permitless carry. I haven’t looked it up, but I’m betting most of those are Republican lead.


Prince Charles has died. He was 99 and ill for a long time.


LONDON — Prince Philip, the Greece-born royal who as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving consort to a British sovereign, died Friday. He was 99.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the royal family announced. “Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s death came 12 days before Queen Elizabeth’s 95th birthday on April 21, two months before what would have been his 100th birthday on June 10 and on the 16th anniversary of the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla. Under a long-standing plan known as “Operation Forth Bridge,” his death ushers in a period of national mourning.

The royal family webpage was replaced with a tribute page in black in memory of the prince, who was married to Elizabeth for nearly 74 years.


New Covid term: breakthrough cases. Because the vaccine isn’t 100% and people are catching the ‘rona more than 2 weeks after their 2nd shot, when their immunity should be at maximum and past the system stress from the injections.

At this point most of the new cases in the US are of the more contagious UK variant type B117, although NYC has it’s own personal variant.

Oh, and the more basic Jansen-19 vaccine from J&J/Merck is also having problems. A vaccination site at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Colorado was shut down after they gave out 1700 injections in a day and 11 people felt dizzy and quesy. 2 went to hospital, the rest got a juice box as treatment.


April 8, 2021

Ok, I survived the tooth extraction. I took one of my last Vicodins an hour before the appointment, from a 4 year old prescription. So I was at least half numb going in. Got the swab, got the shots, couldn’t feel much. Then he started pulling. Then I needed a couple more shots.

I sat in that waiting room
It seemed like all afternoon
The nurse finally said doc’s ready for you
You’re not gonna feel a thing we’ll give you some Novocaine
That tooth will be fine in a minute or two
Then he stuck that needle down deep in my gum
And he started drilling before I was numb

After the 5th shot took effect and half my tongue felt as big as a grapefruit, doc got back to work. All I could taste/feel was the taste of ice cold chromed steel and this strong rocking sensation. By the time I was levitating out of the chair he was done. A bunch of stitches that I couldn’t feel, an ice pack and a couple scrips. No new oxycontin, just acetominphin with coedine. Rats. 4 hours later and I’m coming out of Zombie Mode. Can’t eat, so of course I’m ravenous. But I’m not in pain. Life is a Beach after all?

And it was so nice out today that I put on shorts, took off my shirt, went outside and got my first dose of natural vitamin D in 7 months or longer. Damn, I can’t have a drink either. Grrr. I’ll manage and just mellow naturally. So I made fudge brownies with extra walnuts.


Totally unexpected. Not. Par for the course in the Negro Felon League as far as I’m concerned.

Former Jets Player Phillip Adams Killed 5, Himself

The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Adams’ parents live near the doctor’s home in Rock Hill, and that he had been treated by the doctor. The source said Phillips killed himself after midnight with a .45-caliber weapon.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said they had searched for hours before finding the suspect in a nearby home.

Adams, 33, played in 78 NFL games over five seasons for six teams. A safety and special teams player from South Carolina State, he joined the 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick.
Rarely a starter, Adams also was with New England, Seattle, Atlanta, Oakland and the New York Jets, finishing his career with the Falcons in 2015.

Looks like there is one survivor in critical condition, and that a couple 911 calls came in. Cops have no idea at this point why this happened.

A motive behind the murder of five people in South Carolina, including a prominent doctor, remained scant Thursday as authorities continued their investigation into suspect Phillip Adams – who later turned the gun on himself – and played two 911 calls.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said at an afternoon news conference that investigators were still on the hunt for a motive. He said there was no indication there was a doctor-patient relationship between Adams and Dr. Robert Lesslie when the former football player broke into the man’s home, allegedly killing the doctor, his wife, their grandkids and an air-conditioning tech.

Another wounded victim was in critical condition, Tolson said.


Cuomo Best Governor In USA !!!

Best at driving small businesses out of business that is.

Just three days after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to hike taxes on big business in the Empire State comes disturbing statistics about small business there.

According to new data from Facebook, New York tied with Pennsylvania for having the most small business closures in the country during the coronavirus pandemic,

The social media giant’s first-ever Global State of Small Business Report, which surveyed over 35,000 small businesses impacted by COVID-19 across 27 countries, finds that the Empire State and Keystone State had the highest reported small business closure rates in the U.S. at 31% each, followed closely behind by Massachusetts with a reported closure rate of 30%.

NY, PA, and MA are all run by progressive commie democrats. They had some of the toughest lockdowns in the nation, and they’re all in the Top 10 for highest taxes. Minority owned businesses disproportionately impacted of course. Did you expect anything different from any of that?


Private Dobbs from F Troop has passed away. Is there anyone from that 60s TV show who is still living?

James Hampton, 84, Parkinson’s

Actor and Director James Hampton, best known as bugler Hannibal Dobbs on “F Troop,” Caretaker in the original “The Longest Yard” and the father in “Teen Wolf,” has died at age 84.

The Hollywood Reporter, citing a family source, revealed that Hampton died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Oklahoma City in 1936, Hampton was mostly raised in Dallas until he attended the University of North Texas and was ultimately drafted into the U.S. Army. THR reports that he was in the cavalry at Fort Knox before being sent to active duty overseas. When he returned home, he studied acting with Sidney Lumet’s father, Baruch Lumet at the Knox Street Theater in Dallas.

Eventually, he moved to New York and found a job on the Oscar-nominated movie “The Cliff Dwellers.” Due to its success, he went to Los Angeles where he landed a role on the TV show “Gunsmoke” in 1963. On the show, he met Burt Reynolds, which launched a friendship and working relationship that would endure until Reynolds’ death in 2018.
Independent of Reynolds, Hampton studied with Leonard Nimoy, who helped him land the part of Pvt. Hannibal Dobbs on “F Troop,” which only ran two seasons (65 episodes) but lived on in syndication.

I hope someone plays Taps at his funeral, in a excreable, talentless, barely recognizable way. It would be fitting.


Stupid Joe* Wants To Use EO To End Run 2A Gray Areas

Bite me plugs. GOA and NRA will drag you through the courts forever. Not that they’re even slightly reliable anymore.

On April 7, 2021,“> the White House released a fact sheet announcing that President Joe Biden will use the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publish model red flag “legislation,” address AR-pistols with stabilizer braces, and issue a rule to “stop the proliferation of ‘ghost guns.’”

Breitbart News reported that Biden planned to put forward executive action on gun controls Thursday, and the fact sheet provides an outline detailing what those actions may entail.

An arm stabilizer brace is not a shoulder stock, by the BATF’s own rules. And “ghost guns” is such a crock. Anyone can build their own gun, either from parts or by machining one yourself. It’s legal everywhere. My online gun buddy John Jay even built a wooden AR-15 and it worked just fine. And of course, if you built it, you own it. And if you own it you can sell it. Even if it doesn’t have a serial number. But doing this kind of thing as a basement business is a big No No.


Damn, I’m in hillbilly beach mode this afternoon. You’re welcome to join in.


2 Down And 48 To Go?

Wyoming Gov Signs Voter ID Into Law

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed a bill into law Tuesday that will require residents to show some form of identification when voting in person in the next election.

While some state Democrats criticized the bill as “voter suppression,” state Rep. Chuck Gray, a Republican, called it a “victory for the citizens of Wyoming,” according to the Cowboy State Daily.

“It is a necessary function of our Republic to provide our citizens with confidence that our elections are secure, fair, and valid,” he said. “I am proud that we were able to meet this important milestone for Wyoming.” Gray was a sponsor of the bill.

Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, a Republican, said he doesn’t believe the bill will suppress anyone’s vote because of amendments added to it that allow voters to use alternate forms of ID, such as a Wyoming student ID, Medicare ID or a tribal ID card, according to the Oil City News in Casper, Wyo.


The bill comes amid the fierce debate over Georgia’s new voting law that requires an ID to request an absentee ballot and spurred Major League Baseball to move its July All-Star Game out of Atlanta. The decision has made some Republicans, including former President Trump, call for a baseball boycott.

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, a Republican and sponsor of the Wyoming bill, wondered after it was signed into law, “So which #woke corporation will attack our state next?”

I’ve been going on about this for well over a decade. Pity that it took such a fiasco as the last election to finally get even a couple of states to do something. I hope their new law requires the voter rolls to be kept up to date continuously, subject to examination with consequences. Registration ought to close at least 60 days prior to an election to allow plenty of time for ID verification. Getting the dead, the absent, and the illegals off the rolls is the very first cornerstone of a honest election system. Georgia is on point with their ID for absentee, making it an in person request. And it’s nice of Wyoming to allow several kinds of ID, but I hope the requirements for those are stringent. Proof of citizenship, proof of address, proof of primary address, criminal background felony check.

Update: Maybe make it a 3fer?
PA to exhume the dead ...  off the voter rolls.

Pennsylvania, one of the top battlegrounds of the 2020 election, has agreed to remove the names of about 21,000 dead people from voter registration rolls before the general elections this year.

The agreement was reached last week, according to the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election-integrity watchdog group that first identified the names of 21,000 dead people who were still registered to vote a month before the 2020 election.

The organization provided Pennsylvania state officials with the names of 21,000 dead registrants who were not removed from the voting rolls after their deaths.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, said Pennsylvania failed to update voter registration records—violating the federal “motor voter” law. Pennsylvania law requires election officials to reject ballots cast by individuals no longer alive.

Of course PA has no way of ever figuring out how many of these stiffs voted at least once.


Bowling Blogging !!!

We played Frank’s team last night at Old Guys league, and two of his guys were out. The absentee penalties gave us 20 extra pins effective handicap. I like Frank and we enjoy being competitive with each other. So I threw a 234 in the first game to his 178, haha. We took that one. We took the next one too, opening our lead to a bit over 100 pins. My guys didn’t come through in the final game, so we lost that, but held onto total wood to go 5-2 for the night. I rolled a 564 series, averaging 188. So, not bad. I’m seeing that my DV8 ball does real well when very clean, but falls short after picking up 2 games worth of oil and dirt. If I don’t clean it for a couple weeks it’s pretty much worthless.

The 5 point win might be enough to keep us in 3rd place in this league. We’ll have to see how the other teams did, as the pack is very close with only 4 weeks left in this half season. I’m thinking half seasons is the way to go, as it keeps the two top teams from locking down the entire year after 9 weeks or so.

[ Update: we slipped to 4th by a single point. And we face the best teams for the last 3 weeks of league. Please team, don’t be like the Mets and cave at the last minute. ]

I heard that Rich is over the ‘rona and back at Monday night league, but his son Brian is in the hospital. Prayers for him. He’s rather overweight and a bit developmentally challenged, which is a bad combination for the But Covid. He’s a really great young man and we get along. I mentioned Ivermectin and Fluvoxamine to them a few weeks ago; they’d never heard of either one. I’m guessing they didn’t remember.


April 8, 2021

Having a posting problem. Will try trimming some under post and sticking them below the fold. Ok, that may have done it. On to the good stuff.



2 Down And 48 To Go?

Wyoming Gov Signs Voter ID Into Law

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed a bill into law Tuesday that will require residents to show some form of identification when voting in person in the next election.

While some state Democrats criticized the bill as “voter suppression,” state Rep. Chuck Gray, a Republican, called it a “victory for the citizens of Wyoming,” according to the Cowboy State Daily.

“It is a necessary function of our Republic to provide our citizens

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Gee, Oops

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

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

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

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


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


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


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

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The ‘Rona Song

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

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

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

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

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Follow Me !

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

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

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eye candy, high plains edition


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

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

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

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Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the research study:

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

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

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

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

Oleandir is poisonous !!! !! !

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

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

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

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

Beirut DeBlasio


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

These riots happened at the end of May ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haha, very funny.

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

Rhubarb !!!

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

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

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

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

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

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

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calendar   Friday - August 14, 2020

toldja so

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

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

And here it is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.

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

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

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

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Dare You!!

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

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

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

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:20 AM    avatar
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calendar   Tuesday - August 11, 2020

Biden Picks Kamala Harris For VP

I can’t. I just can’t.

Biden VP Choice: Kamala Harris

“She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick”

Oh how brave, how strong, how empowering. How false and hollow an accomplishment.

And Fox’s headline ... OMG ... “Biden taps Kamala Harris as running mate”. Heels up!

Kamala Harris, the politically shrewd California senator with a law enforcement background that has caused some tensions with the progressive left, was announced Tuesday as Joe Biden’s running mate.

She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick. The Biden campaign said Biden and Harris will deliver remarks together on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

“I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden said in an email to supporters.

Biden also tweeted: “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.”

He added: “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

The Trump campaign also released a statement from Katrina Pierson, a Trump 2020 senior adviser, that said: “In her failed attempt at running for president, Kamala Harris gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of health care. She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you. Politico made the call at the beginning of the month, and many others had figured out that from Biden’s limited field of choices, seeing how his search was utterly sexist and racist in demanding a black woman, this one was the least atrocious of a stupefyingly horrible bunch. 

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/11/2020 at 03:56 PM    avatar
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Feral Child Killers

The Little White Kid Next Door

A five-year-old boy is dead after a Wilson, North Carolina, man reportedly ran up to the child while he was playing in a neighborhood street and fatally shot the child in the head. According to a report from WRAL-TV, the shooting took place on Sunday.

Cannon Hinnant was playing outside his father’s house on the dusky summer evening when their neighbor — 25-year-old Darius N. Sessoms — charged Cannon, produced a handgun, and shot him in the head.

The child’s seven-year-old and eight-year-old siblings witnessed the murder.

First responders came to the scene and transported the little boy to Wilson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Doris Labrant, a neighbor, said she witnessed Sessoms running up to Cannon, putting the gun to his head, and firing the weapon before fleeing the scene into his own home.
Authorities took Sessoms into custody on Monday night and charged him with first-degree murder.

“5 yr old Cannon Hinnant was executed in front of his sisters for accidentally riding a bike on his neighbors lawn,” producer and director Robby Starbuck posted. “There’s no pain our justice system can impose on his killer Darius Sessoms that‘ll equate to justice. CNN & MSNBC haven’t even covered it.”

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/11/2020 at 01:45 PM    avatar
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