Friday, March 5, 2021

LOST MY TICKET TO RIDE THE COVID TRAIN

I got a kick out of the things that make these times so especially good for people who like to carry things to verbal extremes. Here's a sample.
Forget COVID-19, Reuters has discovered an even more malevolent strain in “the Amazon jungle city of Manaus,” wherever that is.

Oh my God, it’s horrible, this Amazon jungle city variant:

“Highly transmissible … unique constellation of mutations … 1.4 to 2.2 times more transmissible than the initial form … new mutated form … evade immunity … reduced protection … .”

In other words, the brand-new Amazon jungle city variant is deadlier than acid rain, paraquat, Alar, mad cow disease, avian bird flu, cyclamates, PCBs, second-hand smoke, bacon, saccharin, aerosol spray, nuclear power, killer bees, cranberries, red dye #4, Y2K and net neutrality — combined!

Remember the 15 days to flatten the curve? That was a year ago. And there is no end in sight.

We actually hopped off the train about 11 months ago. We plan to watch the hysteria with declining amusement. As I listen to the vaccine rollout in places like Kansas and Europe I am struck by just how easy and painful it is to put government in charge of distribution of anything. If the government was responsible for rolling out electricity 80% of the country would still be living in the dark without hot water, power or light.

SQUISH THEM

It looks like after nearly a year of endless vandalism, destruction and mayhem some of the citizens in Portland have had enough of the fascist blackshirts wrecking their city and are starting to scream at them. The New York Post claims the citizens are fed up. I wonder what took those pussies so long to get riled about the violence going on every night in their town?

This time, the rioters’ target was the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service; fliers read, “No borders! No nations! Abolish deportation.” But not “no vandalism”: They smashed windows of restaurants, banks and grocery stores, destroyed a security car and left anti-ICE graffiti on buildings along the way.

Police, stretched thin by multiple shooting incidents around the city, made only two arrests. Then again, Portland prosecutors routinely spring these thugs, so what’s the point?


I reckon if the police are that busy and the DA unwilling to do the job he was elected to do then there should be no real harm done if some nice Portlander, fed up with the utter scum of the earth, borrowed a police car or a fire truck and squished the rioters in the streets. With the police too busy to keep the streets safe it should be possible to end a couple of dozen of the scum every night until they get the message that they're unwanted and leave town. OTH, they might decide to come to your town. OTGH, your town has fire trucks too.

Monday, March 1, 2021

LIES AUSSIES TELL

These were a hoot


You wouldn't believe what autocorrect did to the title of this post. Sheeesh!

HE SPEAKS FOR ME

Friday, February 26, 2021

HIDE THE DECLINE

Those were the instructions the head of scammers at the fake Climate Research Unit at East Anglia gave his minions as he tried and did bolster the fading hockey stick dream of that other scammer who invented the myth of global warming by cherry picking the data he used. He never has identified the essentials of the science behind his myth-making lies but never mind. We had the global warmists hiding the actual decline in Earth's temperature. We are faced again with repugnant and stupid liars trying their very best (a very poor best) to hide the mental decline in a president who was never all that clever or smart to begin with. Now they (the news media and democrats) go way far out of their way-- to Mars even, to hide the fact that Biden has the mental agility and acuity of a 5 year old without the vocabulary. If there was ever a public figure utterly lost to reason it is Biden and he proves it every time he speaks in public and forgets to read the words written for him to say on the teleprompters surrounding him.

MUTATIS MUTANDIS

I kind of left Peggy Noonan in my wake several years ago. She leaped enthusiastically over the shark and headed for nowhere as a columnist who could call the future or even deal with the present. Her latest column in the WSJ has these words which I find prophetic and sadly amusing. She won't get it.
“The pandemic has changed everything.” It has. Never have we needed visionaries more than now—people in politics, and out, who have an outsize creativity and a deep knowledge of human beings, who can come up with reasons people want to be here, have to be here, would be happy nowhere else.
There was a man for these times who carved out a unique niche for being a bold visionary with outsize creativity and a deep knowledge of human beings. His name was Donald Trump. Try and get Peggy to wrap her head around that.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

THE COMING DAYS

Look forward to them. I assure that I am. It will not be too many months now, I give it one, and we'll hear from those faultless pickers of presidents that they elected a dud with dementia and he now has to be put out to pasture. At that moment they seal the deal for Trump's second presidency and a complete Republican wipeout of Congress in the next two elections at least. Right thinking people will be able to simply say, "perhaps you dimwitted morons that elected a man who clearly had dementia and couldn't find his way out of a closet should have no vote in any future elections because you are clearly too stupid to vote. Best of all, we can tell them that the press and other media who are well known for their balanced and thoughtful investigations of everything don't come off looking very bright or useful since they ALL completely failed to notice that Joe Biden couldn't outthink a 5 year old.

THE CRAZY YEARS

Many of us have had them. They are that significant swerving departure from your plan that upsets or changes your life unexpectedly. I don't think we normally count in advance on those years when surprising things happened good or bad that might have left us scratching our heads a little during and after the facts. I would have to count the last 10 years or so as 'crazy years' and not at all of the good kind. I really stay out of the trivial trials of politics but I think the wheels are coming off now for us, the country and the world.

Only by dint of the most massive universal coverup has the world failed to notice the wheels wobbling violently over the last few years. It's not just us people, it's the rest of the world.

A virus so clearly weaponized was released on the world as if it might be a cure for a problem none of us talk about. Isn't it amazing how the top US CDC researcher funded the chinese lab to turn out COVID and isn't it curious how it is almost tailored to kill the elderly? You know the ones I'm talking about, the ones with most of the money, resources and goods not owned directly by the 20 wealthiest men in the world? You know the elderly right? They're the ones that absorb something like 90% of all health care spending in the United States. They're about the last ones that can actually afford it. Those that most needed help from their families to get their affairs in order were denied all human contact with family members which leaves their estates in the hands of probate and suchlike. You see how the wealthy escaped to the free world before the doors were slammed on the remainder of us. Does that remind anyone of what happened to the Jews who failed to make it or didn't try to get out of Europe before 1939?

An enormous illegal immigrant workforce here that has kept wages stagnant for decades even as the cost-of-living creeps up.

Every institution in this country has been taken over lock stock and barrel by the barking mad left who have so confused the nation's youth that they can't tell what sex they are and make it the passion of their lives to ensure they maximize your pain as they deal with their silliness and idiocy.

High Schools turning out kids that can't read, write, do math or think. I just read that public high schools in many areas are turning out black students with under 20% able to read above the 3rd grade level. Their math skills are even worse. What does a first world society have to offer people this ignorant, stupid and ill-informed? What can they possibly contribute?

Can you imagine any sane democratic government based on our Constitution allowing tycoons to order the President to shut up? That it would then stand idly by and not even offer a tut tut ole man that simply isn't done here? That would tell the rest of the world he lied and connived and investigated him since the day he took office and FOUND NOTHING?

I was going to go on and on but it's too depressing.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

LEST I EVER FORGET

MUSICAL WEEK

I listened a lot to the music of the past. It raises memory but also puts it to sleep and tucks it into bed. My reach exceeds my grasp. I make a real effort to forget some music. It kind of forces an old man to raise new music up and hear it for the first time and no, I'm not talking classics. There is still and always will be music I hear that takes me right back to Paris or San Diego when I was a bachelor knight. Pretty harmless. To evoke is the compelling magic of music. Sometimes it is better to let all the sleeping dragons doze away the afternoon. I used to listen to talk radio driving up the 5. It was a 50 mile ride home and John and Ken could wile away the hours. Driving up the 5 to the ends of the earth was harder. FM range doesn't compare with AM range. I enjoyed many of the hours when wossname used to talk the night away and sometimes have the deer in the backseat safe in his bunker somewhere near Las Vegas. My music has changed just now to the one from Fort Riley long ago when I misheard the words. I frequently do that.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

I'M FED UP

The lashing of the white men will not continue anymore. I've had enough. Let American Thinker explain it. https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/02/tom_brady_is_the_lefts_worst_nightmare.html

OH, I THOUGHT I POSTED THIS

Monday, February 8, 2021

NUNGESSER IN MY WAKING DREAM TONIGHT

The books were there for the reading as I grew up, even spending many nights at home away from home, where the books were in their seried ranks on the book shelves in the back room. They were all over the house to be honest but still the back room resonated with the awesome power of bookness. The shelves were filled with books for boys since they dominated that place long ago. I'm not sure what my mother read growing up there but I suspect The Chestry Oak was one such. War, pilots, submarines, it was all there for the taking. Not the bitter glory stuff, that was for later. We didn't read Leon Uris until we were in the 3rd grade and Exodus was a book one didn't put down.

I currently have them all. The ones I need to read. Lee's Lieutenants and the hundred other books that made up the professional reading of a West Point man prepping to fight the Cold War even as the Korean War raged around him.

One could learn so much from reading history. I'm surprised nobody does it anymore.

WE WILL IN THE SUNSHINE

Sunday, February 7, 2021

ODDLY ENOUGH

When one thinks about it, some people have been dodging the whole african american is black thing for generations.... Yep, that's right. The USN trumped them all when it chose for its very SS looking uniforms, navy blue. See what they did there? Yep, another horse of a different dark bay color.

Friday, February 5, 2021

A WALK IN THE SUNSHINE

Here it is the depth of winter and when I was asked if I wanted to go out into the bright light of a snow swept day my answer was immediate and positive. I had thought about calling my brother in California but I'm sure he'd tell me it dropped into the upper 50's and he and the family were sheltering at home in Albany. I decided that the best bowl of amazing French Onion Soup plus a 3 meat pizza 20 miles away in Berea was the way to go. Off we went. It went as well as it always does, except that one time..... they were holding a private party and we were forced to eat Thai next door, dammit.

The TV was on for what value that adds I no longer know. It might have been a BB roundup or pure all commercials all the time. I'm sure we both felt that every time we looked over it was some dumb ass commercial. Hey! Rozzers! I couldn't tell you the name/type/brand of a single product you paid millions to advertise. Buy some smart advertising and mix it up a little why don't you?

The drive home was an advert for knowingly getting a little lost. One simply doesn't care anymore, given a full tank of gas, limited mileage before running into a lake or Michigan,(God help you) or PA, and again, (God help you). One way or another we'll find our way to the major lake lying to our north and we can always get home from there. It doesn't much hurt that all the rivers, streams, brooks, creeks, burns, etc flow north leading one inevitably to the metroparkcentralis and barring your arrival in the places you really will survive better never going to, your finding your way home is assured, provided you live roughly where we do.

The Congress tossed a woman marginally less offensive than Maxine Waters or most of the black Congressmen, some of whom are unaware that Pacific islands don't flip over when overloaded with Marines. They decided she was too #%@ something for the job. Mind you, they didn't find her too stupid for the job, just not their loyal focused minion. Poor bitch will now be stripsearched every time she tries to appear on the floor to check her for nail bombs, plastique or EFP. My advice? Check the shoes.

I use 'focus' from time to time. It's in a book I think worth the reading. Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge. It tends to make clear the next step expected of us by the progressive thieves.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

JUST IN II

Senate impeaches President!!!!!

Biden forced to step down as Senate impeaches President. Poor benighted bastards didn't know that there is only one president and the only one that can be impeached is the sitting president. Democrats violently angry now and claim Trump put up very weak defense and demand he be impeached.....again. Harris is violently opposed and asks, "have those stupid morons learned NOTHING!???"

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

IT IS WRITTEN

I just wrote on a neighbor's blog,

"triumph like a Nazgul," about a family member in California.

I do hope not.

Monday, February 1, 2021

DOVER BEACH

Dover Beach BY MATTHEW ARNOLD

The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! Only, from the long line of spray Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land, Listen! you hear the grating roar

Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling, At their return, up the high strand, Begin, and cease, and then again begin, With tremulous cadence slow, and bring The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago Heard it on the Ægean, and it brought Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow Of human misery; we Find also in the sound a thought, Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world.

Ah, love, let us be true To one another! for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.

It's the last line that summons Loki and Thor.

STAR GATE INSTEAD OF STAR TREK

Oh, well. I didn't think Space Force could handle Admirals and bossy captains anyway.
WASHINGTON — It’s now official: There will be no admirals in the U.S. Space Force.

The Space Force on Jan. 29 revealed its new rank structure for officers and enlisted personnel. The service for the most part is adopting the U.S. Air Force ranks.

The only change the Space Force made is in four categories of Air Force enlisted ranks called “airman.” The equivalent ranks in the Space Force will be “specialist.” All the officers’ ranks stay the same as the Air Force, said the Jan. 29 memo. The new ranks are effective Feb. 1.

I guess the Space Force will have to muddle through without any input from the Navy or Army or Marines who have limited to no space background or technology at stake in space. As I recall, it took the Army and Werner von Braun to get the Air Force into space. They cleverly hid all that backbiting by creating the precursor to NASA and hiding the names of the guilty. When the USAF got desperate enough to finally build a real ballistic missile they got a Brigadier, gave him a budget and told him to head to the hills to make it happen without the internecine help from his helpmeets in the Pentagon and DC. They'd be well advised to stay the hell away from Huntsville though. MDA was run by an ignorant thug for too many years for it to be a one-off. I suspect that line of 'thought' still runs deep in Huntsville.

JUST IN

President Biden orders three USN Carrier Battle Groups to North Arabian Sea to conduct massive search for missing Osama bin Laden who Biden believes is still swimming around out there waiting for rescue after falling overboard from one carrier conducting operations off the Afghanistan coastline. work with it, we're talking biden and other dim and ignorant democrats who don't actually know where Afghanistan is beyond, "it's not on this side of the Hudson."

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT

Truth so obvious a turtle could see it even though twas perched on K2.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

DEATH IS TOO GOOD FOR THEM

I tried a search at amazon for ringo; no joy. i tried a search for John Ringo; no joy. For those of liberal/literal persuasion, no joy, in navalese, means struck out. Amazon tells me there is no author named Ringo or John Ringo. WE really need to school them the way $GME did. It might mean ordering tne small 1500 ton tug shipped and then sending it back. There's a way to be heard loud and clear when the obnixioscenti want to play games.

Friday, January 29, 2021

I MISS THAT, A LOT

I was younger then, the jeans were worn by wear and the music was to die for although it has not been a long time since I heard the strings play in person at a private party for friends. I've been to meetups with the 100 relatives time after time and none of us broke out the banjo, fiddle, guitar, etc. I will pass over my relatives next door with their ukeleles and their soi-distant guitar noises. To be honest, they could not wake the dead however well they tried to parlay their limited strumming skills. I should know. I've been there.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

Elon Musk took the trouble to write out a few bits of wisdom if not philosophy. Based on my experience over the last 60 years I think he makes some really excellent points that need hi-lighting and I can do that.

Progress, Precision and Profit

Elon Musk Everybody

Progress

First, congratulations are in order! We have now completed our third full week of producing over 2000 Model 3 vehicles. The first week was 2020, the second was 2070 and we just completed 2250 last week, along with 2000 Model S/X vehicles.

This is more than double Tesla’s weekly production rate last year and an amazing feat in the face of many challenges! It is extremely rare for an automotive company to grow the production rate by over 100% from one year to the next. Moreover, there has simultaneously been a significant improvement in quality and build accuracy, which is reflected in positive owner feedback.

Starting today at Giga and tomorrow at Fremont, we will be stopping for three to five days to do a comprehensive set of upgrades. This should set us up for Model 3 production of 3000 to 4000 per week next month.

Another set of upgrades starting in late May should be enough to unlock production capacity of 6000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June. Please note that all areas of Tesla and our suppliers will be required to demonstrate a Model 3 capacity of ~6000/week by building 850 sets of car parts in 24 hours no later than June 30th.

Any Tesla department or supplier that is unable to do this will need to have a very good explanation why not, along with a plan for fixing the problem and present that to me directly. If anyone needs help achieving this, please let me know as soon as possible. We are going to find a way or make a way to get there.

The reason that the burst-build target rate is 6000 and not 5000 per week in June is that we cannot have a number with no margin for error across thousands of internally and externally produced parts and processes, amplified by a complex global logistics chain. Actual production will move as fast as the least lucky and least well-executed part of the entire Tesla production/supply chain system.

By having a Model 3 subsystem burst-build requirement of 6k by the end of June, we will lay the groundwork for achieving a steady 6k/week across the whole Model 3 system a few months later.

As part of the drive towards 6k, all Model 3 production at Fremont will move to 24/7operations. This means that we will be adding another shift to general assembly, body and paint. Please refer anyone you know who you think meets the Tesla bar for talent, drive and trust. Between Fremont and Giga, Tesla will be adding about 400 people per week for several weeks.

Precision

Most of the design tolerances of the Model 3 are already better than any other car in the world. Soon, they will all be better. This is not enough. We will keep going until the Model 3 build precision is a factor of ten better than any other car in the world. I am not kidding.

Our car needs to be designed and built with such accuracy and precision that, if an owner measures dimensions, panel gaps and flushness, and their measurements don’t match the Model 3 specs, it just means that their measuring tape is wrong.

Some parts suppliers will be unwilling or unable to achieve this level of precision. I understand that this will be considered an unreasonable request by some. That’s ok, there are lots of other car companies with much lower standards. They just can’t work with Tesla.

Profit

A fair criticism leveled at Tesla by outside critics is that you’re not a real company unless you generate a profit, meaning simply that revenue exceeds costs. It didn’t make sense to do that until reaching economies of scale, but now we are there.

Going forward, we will be far more rigorous about expenditures. I have asked the Tesla finance team to comb through every expense worldwide, no matter how small, and cut everything that doesn’t have a strong value justification.

All capital or other expenditures above a million dollars, or where a set of related expenses may accumulate to a million dollars over the next 12 months, should be considered on hold until explicitly approved by me. If you are the manager responsible, please make sure you have a detailed, first principles understanding of the supplier quote, including every line item of parts & labor, before we meet.

I have been disappointed to discover how many contractor companies are interwoven throughout Tesla. Often, it is like a Russian nesting doll of contractor, subcontractor, sub-subcontractor, etc. before you finally find someone doing actual work. This means a lot of middle-managers adding cost but not doing anything obviously useful. Also, many contracts are essentially open time & materials, not fixed price and duration, which creates an incentive to turn molehills into mountains, as they never want to end the money train.

There is a very wide range of contractor performance, from excellent to worse than a drunken sloth. All contracting companies should consider the coming week to be a final opportunity to demonstrate excellence. Any that fail to meet the Tesla standard of excellence will have their contracts ended on Monday.

Btw, here are a few productivity recommendations:

– Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time. Please get of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short.

– Also get rid of frequent meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter. Meeting frequency should drop rapidly once the urgent matter is resolved.

– Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.

– Don’t use acronyms or nonsense words for objects, software or processes at Tesla. In general, anything that requires an explanation inhibits communication. We don’t want people to have to memorize a glossary just to function at Tesla.

– Communication should travel via the shortest path necessary to get the job done, not through the “chain of command”. Any manager who attempts to enforce chain of command communication will soon find themselves working elsewhere.

– A major source of issues is poor communication between depts. The way to solve this is allow free flow of information between all levels. If, in order to get something done between depts, an individual contributor has to talk to their manager, who talks to a director, who talks to a VP, who talks to another VP, who talks to a director, who talks to a manager, who talks to someone doing the actual work, then super dumb things will happen. It must be ok for people to talk directly and just make the right thing happen.

– In general, always pick common sense as your guide. If following a “company rule” is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, such that it would make for a great Dilbert cartoon, then the rule should change.

If there is something you think should be done to make Tesla execute better or allow you to look forward to coming to work more (same thing in the long term), please send a note to [redacted]

Thanks for being such a kickass team and accomplishing miracles every day. It matters. We are burning the midnight oil to burn the midnight oil.

Elon


A few of the things that struck me as I read this simple email from the boss are:

- short, concise and to the point

- easily understood at all levels of the company and across the supply chain

- lays out the schedule with goals, objectives and timelines

- praise without blame

- An accepting nod to reality. This memo accounts for realities inherent in the system

- A rocket scientist's touch with an ode to precision that matters

- His comments on meetings and communications are right out of our playbook and one we embraced from the moment I found my time compressed by forces beyond my control and had to take action to end the timesucks. To give you and idea, a day job that normally requires 8 hours or more often 12 hours when a ship is inport gets eaten alive when one gets underway and then also spends 4 to 8 hours on watch doing absolutely nothing related to the work that must be accomplished. When it became necessary to stand watch 16 to 20 hours/day, meetings I participated in were measured in seconds and usually consisted of me dropping off my notes/requirements for the rest of them as I passed through Planning Board for Training once a week. There were no other meetings per se. I imagine Musk feels the same sorts of pressure on his time and probably has some of the most able managers in this country working for him at many levels.

My final note concerns the U.S. Government labs. They violate every single principle layed out by Musk in the memo above. They have interminable meetings at which everyone gets to fill the timesuck, people are late to them, unprepared and unwilling to call it quits long beyond the point where everyone should have gone back to work. The labs persist in dogged pursuit of failure beyond the bounds of reason. They will cheerfully study to death anything and pour endless manhours and productivity into chasing a dead rabbit for weeks where there is no possibility of any return on that investment. It doesn't matter to them since they get paid just for showing up. You can see this sort of thing in the NASA approach to space flight and engineering and that of Space X. It could not be clearer that anyone seeking to press the frontiers of science and engineering should stay well clear of government labs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES

Here is the list of Rethuglican scumbags who were in favor of impeaching the head of their Party on Monday: So we won’t forget the original Republican reprobates, they were, according to a Jan. 25, 2021 report here at The Epoch Times: Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)

The scum in bold face are the ones that decided to carry on with the People's Trial of the Century (2nd Trump impeachment) despite Sen. Rand calling them on their idiocy and lack of shame, knowledge, smarts, intelligence or acquaintance with reality. The rest of the old conteptibles decided to reconsider their support for the sham impeachment. It's interesting how the utter fraud known as Romney keeps getting elected as a rethuglican. I don't think he's ever drawn a single breath as an actual right thinking republican in his lifetime and I expect him to go to his grave without ever seeing the light.

This sort of thing always puts me in mind of Lord Randolph Churchill long ago when he addressed parliament. "Such a series of neglected opportunities, pusillanimity, combativeness at wrong moments, vacillation, dread of responsibility, repression and discouragement of hard-working followers, collusions with the Government, hankerings after coalitions, jealousies, commonplaces, want of perception on the part of the......., no one but he who has watched carefully and intelligently the course of affairs in Parliament, can adequately realise or sufficiently express; and if it be the case that Ministers have lost ground in the country, they have only themselves to blame, nor have they the slightest right to cherish feelings of resentment against the regular and responsible Opposition in the House of Commons."

We could use some more plain speakers in our House and Senate but I doubt we'll see any in my lifetime. To reach true greatness in such an endeavor requires that one treats the other as equals and listens to their arguements and hammers out concessions necessary to move good government forward. We don't have that anymore since the democrats in office listen to nobody except their friends at the NYT.

There was this from today's readings. It was an article having to do with the failure to compromise and hear both sides of any position. It seemed to champion squelching all white supremacists and seditionists and people like that while compelling them to listen to the just positions and statements of regular non-white supremacists who believe they have the sole and exclusive power to control the media/medium and limit contributions by those who hold apostate views. Kind of like now in the Senate and House. We who read history know all about the Great Compromises and Compromisers who did everything they could think of to keep the Union together even as the issue of slavery tore it apart. When you think about them now do you hate them for compromise or wish they'd been able to keep pulling it off until the issue could be settled peacefully without the horrendous casualties on both sides.
Taken from battlefields.org

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

SAD BUT TRUE

This is from Theo and I have seen enough of the left, particularly the peculiarly schooled elites that have argued vociferously that the American flag is an extremist symbol and triggers losers who share this country with real Americans, that I can see agents of the FBI and government going along with this.

Monday, January 25, 2021

RIOTS FOR THEE BUT NOT FOR ME

I'm really tired of the left and their voices of sage denial of every American's rights as written in our Constitution. The latest bit to ire me comes from a former WSJ military columnist for 17 years named Ricks and it was his tweets that really inspire outrage.

When did the police and the military surrender their rights under the Constitution to protest the actions of their government? Just why is such protests by them condemned as right wing extremism when the media utterly fails to condemn the vicious tyrannical violence of the extreme left wing that is so beloved by all mainstream media shills and every single Democratic government official from the President on down?

I don't understand why the media's altogether imbecility in calling this an insurrection and deadly when it was a cop who shot a harmless unarmed rioter entering through a broken window and the other 4 people died from medical complications brought about by exercising their right to attend a rally to protest the theft of the election and had nothing to do with the break in at the capital or with Trump calling for any kind of insurrection or attack on government. The liars need to be called out every single time they lie.

It's also the time to end the drivel and lie that these morons always recite as they do something they know will gut the country or an institution with their stupid proclamation/justification, that "America’s strength is found in its diversity." If that is so, prove it. All I see is one institution after another torn apart by that idiotic belief.

A PERFECTLY RABID IMAGINATION

Can you imagine if Joe Biden had a twitter account and tweeted like a real President?

Yeah, me neither. Jill would run out of words in no more than 2 days and we all know the retreads in the current doofus' cabinet by their slimetrails left over from their time in the Obama Theft Ring. Being the dummies they are, I know they'll try and we'll have, in short order, twits posted by a moron timestamped when the moron-in-chief is in the public eye at some event and manifestly not twitting and just barking about dog-faced-pony soldiers or some other dim-witted thing that idiot comes up with whenever he's off the teleprompter.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

FINE SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Leading to evening, with snow.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

A BLOODLESS BLOODLETTING

My plan to shed blood for others got derailed today despite the Red Cross sending me 4 messages on my phone over the last 3 days and actually calling me Monday evening to confirm for the fourth time that I would be at the appointment I set up to give blood in one of the nearby libraries. I conducted some business enroute to bleed for the cause and showed up a little early at the library to find an empty parking lot and locked building. I was a little concerned that this tiny hamlet had two libraries and perhaps I was at the wrong one but it turns out that while I was conducting business my phone was contacted by yet another minion of the Red Cross to inform me that somebody had shown up at the library positive with the dread virus and they had shut down and everybody went home.

All that planning and coordination for nothing.

But at least I didn't roust 25,000 National Guard soldiers out to stand idly about in the capital while other thousands of workers erected miles of steel fencing topped with razor wire in an effort to keep at bay the enormous crowds of loyal Biden voters who otherwise would have turned out to welcome their new masters to the White House. I watched the video of bison dimwit walking into the House chamber and saw that he was basically escorted by one of the capital police who didn't lift a finger to prevent him from making himself at home on Nancy's throne. I suspect that there won't be a trial since the truth will then all come out, just as it did with the pathetic first impeachment.
I will have to give some thought on how one donates blood in a worthwhile fashion in this time of madness and idiocy.

MONSTER HUNTER OFF FACEBOOK

I'm glad I never invested in the facebook scam. I could see the writing on the wall a decade ago and while I created a page it was intended for one purpose and that never really happened so I would go months without looking at it or reading it. I also had some friends who I worked with for many years who were the soul of urbanity, charm and wit and yet turned into raving lunatics on facebook and went way into Trump and Bush derangement syndrome. Too many others went that way too. Here is an author who writes books I enjoy and his take now on facebook.

From what will likely be one of his last posts there:
Larry Correia

I'm paring down my FB presence. For the last week I've only been on for a brief time each day. I'll be taking that down even further. I'll be posting links when I blog for the people who stick around. There's a few groups I use here that I can't get the equivalent resource anywhere else yet (but I'm currently banned from posting in all groups anyway). And that's about it.

Basically, I'm done being a content creator for these censorious pieces of shit. Guys like me write stuff which gets shared hundreds of times and gets thousands of people commenting/participating. FB uses that free content to keep people corralled here so they can mine your data.

And then when us content creators get uppity, they fuck us over with impunity while their ideological allies get a pass. But then we come crawling back again and again, like abused trailer park wives, because we don't want to abandon the kids (as in the communities we spent the last ten years building before the relationship turned abusive).

I've stuck around because I didn't want to hurt my business/sales. This is still the best place to reach the most people the fastest. We made it that way. All us content creators foolishly moved over here back when Facebook promised to be one thing. Now that they've pulled a bait and switch, the content creators feel trapped.

In good conscience, this can't continue. I'm done helping these parasites. Facebook is trash. We all know it. We've all seen it. We're just here because of inertia.

Over the last decade, working with some stupendous moderators and great fans, we built a gigantic, thriving, fun, fan page here on Facebook. It's one of the bigger author fan pages on the internet where the author can still actually talk to his fans. Being able to interact there was great. But Facebook took that from me on a whim. They banned me from my own group because of what I MIGHT say.

However we prepared a fallback. There's another Monster Hunter Nation fan page over on MeWe. I'll be posting there instead from here on. If the fans want to keep posting here, great, but I won't be. I can't even post this to my own FB fan page, which illustrates just how screwed up this situation is.

We'll see how long that lasts, until Big Tech finds some way to squish every place they can't control.

My primary place will still be my blog, monsterhunternation dot com. There is an email newsletter there you can sign up for which is only book related stuff, no politics. I'm on MeWe under my same name. I was on Parler as @monsterhunter45, though I never really used it, and I have no idea if that place is going to survive. I'll be looking into other alternatives as well.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

HEY BUDDY, WANT AN M16 RIFLE?

Used to be there were just strange happenings at the Circle K but things seem to have taken a turn for the worse. Now we have them busting out all over in Washington, DC, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, et al. This was the latest at Instapundit. I find it very peculiar.

Back when I was the Weapons Officer in one of the Navy's Mobile Security Units we had to follow the rules. One of the most important rules was that we did not put automatic weapons into the hands of untrained people and we didn't let them wander around without some means of providing adquate security for the actual weapons. So, you can imagine my surprise that the Army has detailed soldiers to one of the most dangerous cities in America and issued them unloaded weapons so the men and women can stand around cluelessly in the middle of riot season (never seems to end these days) while attractively adorned with a highly desirable M16 that is essentially any criminal's for the taking. That doesn't sound very smart.

The foolishness does not end with the Army and the state governors feeding troops into the empty and deserted nation's capital. No, there's more.

It doesn't seem to dawn on the dimwits that if 80% of the National Guard is white guys and thus 'the Guard doesn't look like America' it might have something to do with the unfailing failure of the dimwits and loser progrs and liberals to volunteer to serve their country. The Guard doesn't just invade other countries, it also responds to disasters and emergencies all over the United States and the world. Why aren't there more of the dimwits in the Armed Forces? I mean, I know what the answer is but the lackwits in the media don't seem to get it.

Kurt Schlichter made an excellent point in his article today. Why do we see pictures of the Guard sleeping rough on marble floors in the Capital? Did their officers fail to provide shelter for them and let's be honest, shelter in the national capital would at least include cots and sleeping bags.

Today I have an appointment to give blood to the Red Cross so at least when the shooting starts and the blood starts to flow I'll be able to say I did my part.

Saturday, January 16, 2021