Monday, August 10, 2020

An interesting take on Covid-19

 READ this.

(vial Common Cents)

Go ahead, I will wait. 

Done? Yeah, it is middlin' long, but it is worth the read. 

Sweden has, apparently, run the gauntlet and is now on the other side. 

The numbers in the article are pretty solid. The approach Sweden took is much more sensible. And it has worked much better that the "Flatten the Curve" strategy (that was originally supposed to be for just TWO WEEKS) and has now stretched on for more than 150 days, with no real end in sight.....at least until a vaccine is tested and shown to be efficacious (and safe)). 

Every time people interact, we have the chance to transmit this (or lots of others) disease. Only "slightly" letting people interact simply kills us slowly...if it will kill us at all. Thinking that the current "Lockdown" or limited social interaction will prevent people from getting the disease at all is foolish, it simply spreads out the (very small) infection rate over time.....and doesn't really solve the problem. To think otherwise is to abandon logic.

Allowing protests with no "Social Distancing" but preventing people from congregating elsewhere is foolish and illogical. If Distancing is a requirement for safety, then is is required everywhere, not only outside of a political protest....If it is safe to walk shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of strangers, then it is safe to attend a wedding or funeral with your friends and relatives.....or at a high school football game...or on a beach or at a party.... If it is safe to eat in a restaurant with no masks but forcing the patrons to wear the masks while walking TO the table is idiocy. To release prisoners is another example of foolish, poorly thought out prevention. If masks really work, then they should work as well in a prison as at a store or other place of business. Releasing prisoners harms society, the entity that the imprisonment of the prisoner is supposed to protect....and if the measure required to keep those same members of society work in public, they should work in a prison as well  To think that the Social Distancing spacing of 6 feet makes a difference when there is no allowance for airflow or other factors is also foolish. (and there is no evidence that "6 Feet" is any more efficacious than 1 meter or 4 feet or 5  feet. It was just a number that was picked)

Yet we persist in these poorly thought out practices when we have an example, imperfect perhaps, but valid, that shows what a mostly urban population experiences with little or no "Covid safety" practices as we here in the United States are following, to the detriment of our society and our economy.. Sweden is fully operational, and has been, yet they have, effectively, no current "Pandemic" of Covid-19 in their borders. 


Yet we persist in following a poorly thought out and proven ineffective policy, enforced by our government entities, to the detriment of our population....WHY? 

Until either well over 70% of the population has been exposed, or until a vaccine is found and distributed, Covid 19 will be specter that will hang over us. And the measures we are taking aren't fixing the problem...Nor, oddly, are our hospitals even close to overwhelmed.... 

When you see the  statistics on the morning news tomorrow, or the evening news, ask yourself....why don't they tell us the positivity rate for the massive amounts of testing.....oddly, they leave out that statistic. Also, why don't they give us the death RATE for those folks who HAVE Covid?  

The data is massaged and presented to give the recipient the impression that this is a massive "Pandemic"...when it really isn't...but they don't want you to know that. The highest rate of death is currently New Jersey...at 178 people dying per 100,000 people.....that is a death rate of 0.00178, or less than two-tenths of a percent. And that is the HIGHEST of all the states in the country. Yet we re told to cower in fear and wear a mask so we won't all die.....When in reality, the chance of dying from Covid is really very, very low. 



"Peaceful" Protests

 or just plain looting...


And it wasn't the Amish that were looting and vandalizing the businesses on Michigan Avenue and the surrounding areas in Chicago late Sunday evening. More at the Channel 5 news website...including video of the folks doing the looting. 


And the cops weren't allowed to use the crowd control tools they needed when they were outnumbered. 


This is how the Chicago we know dies slowly. In order to protect the city, the police will shut down the trains from the south side and raise the bridges to limit access to keep the majority of the folks doing the crimes away. Folks who work downtown, if they are actually going in to work, are having to prove that they are essential and have to be in the downtown area. 


There has to be someone organizing the folks from the south side. No way that thousands all decided to get on trains and into cars to go and loot in the more affluent parts of the city all at once. 


And this is a great way to make sure that whites fear and loathe poor black folks. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Unverified:

 It could just be rumor:


But the story is that a major chain is having a "Michael Jackson Memorial sale".


Supposed to be Boys Underwear Half Off. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Friday, August 7, 2020

Just sayin'

A thought before you go out for lunch:

A damned good question.



Of course, the Left and the Media (But I repeat myself) have never been known for their consistency, have they. 

I mean, if they didn't have Double Standards, they'd have no standards at all......

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Update to the update, Raptor edition:

outa my hands now. Gonna be a longer stay as well. 




This 2-3 year old Red-tailed Hawk was brought into the rehab center on Monday after being found near Rt 30 in Valparaiso. A slow response time and slight head ticks suggest it sustained head trauma, likely from being hit by a vehicle. What's more is the damage done to its feathers. During admission exams, feather quality is always examined and taken into consideration when assessing a bird.

As you can see below this bird is missing multiple primary feathers on each wing. These feather shafts are actually snapped off as opposed to being new growth from molt. This damage will take a long time to repair itself as we will need to wait for new feathers to grow in. This bird will likely be in our care through winter and into next spring as a result of this feather damage.

As with all of our birds of prey, a blood draw was also performed to test for lead toxicity. We will know more in a few short days if there is any lead in this birds system.



Wow:

48 degrees this morning.

Forty Eight. 

In early August. 

Almost sweater weather. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Raptor update:

So the bird survived the night. They gave her (she's a young female, probably a year and a half old, according to the wildlife refuge folks) some fluids last evening, and she perked right up. 

Apparently, she ate a mouse this morning, and is drinking. 

She does still appear somewhat disoriented, snd they think that my analysis is correct: that she was tumbled by a car or truck.

The reason she cannot fly is that most of her primary flight feathers are broken....probably from being tumbled by the vehicle.

She has no obvious broken bones, but is bruised. 

They think she was on the side of the road for a while, likely several days. She did not poop during the evening hours, which apparently indicates that she has not eaten for a while. 

Prognosis: Good. She will have to live in a cage for a while while her feathers grow back, and they think that as long as she is eating and drinking she will recover and be able to be released in a month or two when her feathers are back to the point at which she can fly again.

It was only plain luck that she tried to fly as I drove past.  If she'd have waited 20 seconds, I'd not have noticed her there on the side of the road...in fact, my brother had driven that same road only 20 or 30 minutes before, and he did not notice her...he's pretty observant, and would have likely seen her had she been struggling when he drove past (and he'd have done the same thing I did, if had seen her).  

When I saw her, I assumed that she was entrapped by a silt fence that was there in the median, as she rose up, then fell back. I figured she had a foot tangled in the silt fence or something like that. 'Twas just luck that the timing put me there and that I saw her struggle. 

Lucky bird, on many accounts. 

So it looks like full recovery and release in a month or a bit. 

I'll be making a small donation to help feed and house her during her recovery. 

If you care to as well, the website is https://humaneindiana.org/wildlife   They apparently have a facebook page as well, but I don't facebook. 

I am supposed to get some photos later so if they email them to me, I will post 'em here. 






Monday, August 3, 2020

Raptor rescue

I did my Good Deed for the day....

So there I am, driving down the highway at about 50 miles an hour (construction zone, so not speeding). 

And there, on the side of the road, I see what appears to be a hawk flapping and trying to rise. It was only a glimpse, but when I looked back in the truck's mirror, I didn't see anything take off....

So I turned at the next safe spot and reversed course. Back a mile, and then turned again.

As I approached the spot, I pulled off the active lane and into the cones marking the construction zone, and parked the truck. 

Yep, sure enough, a hawk, right at the edge of the pavement on the far side of the road....When I say the edge of the pavement, I mean the bird's tail feathers were ON the pavement.  

I approached the hawk, and it didn't move. I could see it breathing heavily (panting) in the hot sun, but it didn't seem to have the energy to do more than eye me warily. (S)he looked stunned and kinda weak. 

I called the local wildlife rehab agency, but they did not have the staff to come and pick it up. Shit. Oh well, time to improvise. Needs be when the devil dances and all that. Do nothing and the bird is gonna get hit by a car again, or maybe die on the side of the road. 

So I looked in the back of the truck and found an old zippered hoodie, got out some thick leather work gloves, and walked across the one lane of traffic. Tossed the hoodie over the birds head, and scooped her up. Wrapped the sweatshirt around the bird, and back to the truck. She struggled a bit, but settled nicely. As MC was with me, I got her to open the door and we (me and the hawk) settled in the passenger seat as MC closed my door and she got in the driver's seat...and on the way to the wildlife rehab facility we went...with me holding the bird snugly on my lap. 

She was mostly quiescent, but did get one foot down on my jeans-clad leg sharp talons, I tellya. Real sharp. and pretty strong too....no real damage, but my leg is gonna have a bruise..... part of the gig, I guess.  

15 minutes later, we are at the wildlife rehab facility. They took the hawk and put her in a cage. She was somewhat disoriented, but aside from a limp, appeared to be relatively uninjured. We shall see how it goes. Live or die, I tried. 

I think she (or he) got hit (or sideswiped) by a car. The bird was somewhat dehydrated and I think it had been there most of the day, maybe longer. 'Twas luck that I was it struggle, really. 

Hopefully, they can get it back to health and release it. 


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Passing it on:

You should read this post .

and ask yourself....why? 

I am sorry I will miss it:

I'm talking country fairs...

This is the week we would have had the county fair in my county. This week and the one two weeks prior are the 2 weeks that I looked forward to going to a county fair....

The hot afternoon heat and dust, the scent as one approaches the gates of dust from the parking lots....the smell of sweat, of cooking food that isn't good for you...fried things....battered stuff that has way too much salt, and too much fat, and too much of everything that tastes good, but is so bad for you...of roasting meats and vegetables, of sweet corn and hot dogs and sausages. 

The scent of sweating people. of the animals in the barns, of diesel exhaust from the generators, of grease and hot bearings and unwashed carnies. 

The scent of sweets of all kinds. fried dough, cinnamon and sugar, of lemonade and root beer, Of cotton candy, and melting ice cream.  

Close you eyes, you can smell it if you try...

Sadly, due to the Wuhan Crud, it ain't gonna happen this year. 


 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

We need more of this:

So Trader Joe's got a complaint: Their brands were "racist". 


About time some companies had some leadership that stops bowing to a small minority of crybabies. Enough is enough. Changing policies or branding of colors of your logo or whatever because one person is offended and gets his or her 3 friends to sign a petition is bowing to the tyranny of the minority....One cannot win, as no matter what one does, there will be another tiny group of people that will find something offensive or just simply complain....

No one has a right to "not be offended". Enough of this pandering to those who complain just to complain. 

I believe the one of the first instances of bowing to the minority was "Taco Neck Syndrome" wherein Taco Bell had a long and well funded ad campaign planned featuring folks who turn their head sideways to eat a taco without spilling the contents...with Shaquille O'Neal as the spokes-celebrity...

After the first few days of the opening of the ad campaign, some folks with an affliction called "Dystonia" screamed and cried loudly and long enough that Taco Bell cancelled the ad campaign....costing MILLIONS of dollars. 

There were, at that time, less than 4000 people in the country diagnosed with Dystonia, an affliction of the neck, also called "Spasmodic Torticollis" 

But they got Taco Bell to toss a multi million dollar ad campaign over a few people being "offended". 

It has snowballed from there, with corporate appeasement happening more and more. 

Kudos to Trader Joe's for (finally) saying "NO!". 

Triple jeopardy?

So, for a third time, the case of Michael Brown was reviewed....and still, the investigator could not find any evidence that the police officer involved, Darren Wilson....and, for the third time, there was not enough evidence to show wrongdoing. 

This time, as some have pointed out, it was a black prosecutor....(why that matters, I dunno?) who exonerated Ex-officer Wilson.

Is there ever gonna be a time when Mr Wilson will be left alone? Will the Black Community ever accept the fact that Brown was simply a thug, a jerk, and a guy who got shot because he believed that "Might makes Right"...and he found out that sometimes it doesn't? 




Friday, July 31, 2020

RongSpeakkk:

So some kids in Evanston, Illinois were at the beach....and one of them had a beach towel in the form of a Confederate Flag. 

Much controversy. 


Odd. innit. There is Rightspeak, and Wrongspeak, and some folks symbols are sacred (like "Black Lives Matter" murals) but others are deemed "Bad". Some things are acceptable, but others are not. 
Just because a (currently) special class of people are offended, then a symbol (like the Confederate flag) is verboten. 

Of course, once the election is over, and the Dems no longer have a need for an agitated African American population (until the next election cycle) than the huhu will die down and things will go back to normal-ish...

Thursday, July 30, 2020

No.

delaying the election:

Bad Idea. 

Mail in voting? Up to the states. 
I'm not a fan of the idea, and we already have enough fraud in our elections....Mostly DNC based, but some on the other side as well. 

But not voting on Nov 3 but some other, later day? I'm agin' it. Period. 

If it is safe enough to shop at your local grocery store, Wal-Mart, or Home Depot, then it is safe enough to vote. If yer afraid, then stay home, or sign up for an absentee ballot. So I see no reason to need mail in balloting either. 

I don;t care whether Trump or the DNC propose it,  both mail in ballots or postponing.......both are a Bad Idea...

ETA 7:30 pm Central: From the comments
"if high ranking officials can safely gather in close proximity for a 4 hour funeral for john lewis. ......
us common peons can stand in line for a short time to vote in person"
Cannon







Meh

Go read the folks on the sidebar. Too busy to post.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

What he should have done:

When the senator castigated Bill Barr for his minions "attacking peaceful protesters" he should have thrown a rock, or a water glass, or some other fairly heavy object at the Senator and asked him just how "peaceful" that was.


Perspective:

According to the Second City Cop blog, more people have died in the city of Chicago from gunshot wounds than from Covid 19....

But we all have to hide in our homes or behind a mask because Covid.
But the Media focus is, of course, not telling the whole story.


Monday, July 27, 2020

On John Lewis:

When he was younger, he had a set of gonads. Really large ones.

That march across the Pettus Bridge? He knew that there was gonna be a good chance that the police would kick his ass....I mean, a serious tune-up. Hickory Shampoo. In fact, he could have been killed, and back then, the cops would have gotten away with it.

He and the folks who marched with him had some serious guts....unlike today's "protesters" who have no real fear of the police(or of being killed or seriously injured by them) or, for the most part, the rest of the citizens in the communities that they are terrorizing.

'Twas only later, when he got to congress, that his commitment wavered towards expediency and away from righteousness.

But he is an example of guts, or at least was. 

But I still don't think we should rename the bridge....And Lewis didn't think so either. 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

I looked back, and there was but one set of tracks...

And His voice came to me:

"The minions of the State hide their numbers by walking in single file...."



So I went for a walk on the beach...(Yes, ladies, I really DO like Long Walks on the Beach).

It was a beautiful day, and while this is not my favorite portion of the beach on Lake Michigan, it is the only one where there IS a beach at this time (Lake Michigan is a near record high levels, so lots of beaches are only feet wide, rather than tens of yards)....And so I walked along the beach for about 4 miles, then turned back. MC was with me, and, as I said, the day was about as nice as one could ask for...low 80's, just enough breeze to be comfortable, sunny and bright.

We did our walk out, turned and walked back. Now, parking at the Federal Park for this beach is about a half mile from the actual beach, we were walking back to the car and we were passing a young mother with three kids...one about 6 years old, one about 5 and one about 3 years.

As we passed, the middle child reminded her "6 Feet social distance, Mommy".

I must say I was taken aback that the kids, who have not been in school for the past 120 or so days, have been conditioned so strongly already, with -out the aid of school to help program their thinking.

The Mom was embarrassed, and looked at us (from a safe distance, of course) and said "I just hope that when this is over they can forget all this"...

Think about it, these kids have been programmed to already keep their distance, likely only through TV and computer games....And it is strong enough to get them to "remind" adults.

Scary

Friday, July 24, 2020

by now the excuse is worn

Have ya noticed that many firms are still using 'The Coronavirus" as an excuse for their shitty service?

While I was willing to give allowances for shitty service at the beginning of this debacle, it has been in excess of 90 days.

Plenty of time to adapt and overcome any obstacles that "Da Covid" might have put in the way of you firm being able to provide a decent level of service.

I am now simply assuming that they simply don't wish to provide proper service, be it telephone support or in person.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

'Tis interestin'

The media (perhaps to increase the panic over Coronavirus) is focusing on the number of cases of coronavirus...which is rising. (how much is from increased testing though, vs actual increased number of cases that were previously unreported because they were untested....) But the number of deaths, while slightly higher than at the end of the 2 week 90 day lockdown, is nowhere near the percentage  vs cases that were experienced in the early days....(Again, perhaps simply because of increased testing).

Were one to only get one's data from the media, one might think that the Coronavirus is running rampant through the population...which it isn't. One might think that deaths were rising exponentially...which they aren't.

The reporters continuously tell us that the hospital intensive care rooms are at risk of being overwhelmed....which, according to the media, is a risk that has been present since March....They tell us that those portions of the hospitals are at 85% capacity...which is true....The Intensive Care portions of hospitals are nearly ALWAYS at a similar percentage....If not, the hospitals lose money...(Yes, some elective surgeries that might have put patients there to recover are being deferred, but still, this is misleading reporting).
It appears to me that there is a concerted attempt to, if not lie to the public, at least mislead us as to how severe this "crisis" is.

Fuck it, I'm studying for my Instrument checkride, and, if it doesn't rain, I'm gonna go clear my mind by turning money into smoke and noise doing some precision paper punching.

Truth:

Via Irish, who took the comment on these two posts and made a really good graphic.


I hope it goes viral.




You can find the original HERE

Well done, Irish!

Because Black Lives (don't) Matter

Seems that those folks on the South Side of Chicago don't really believe that Black Lives Matter.

So there was a funeral in Auburn-Gresham......for a gang banger that had been shot a few days earlier in a nearly neighborhood (Englewood)....

And some critters drove past the funeral home and unloaded their heaters into the crowd.....Some of whom shot back.

So...lessee here: Black people shot indiscriminately into a crowd of...black people.....At least 60 shots fired...It is doubtful that any of the folks involved had legal possession of those firearms, BTW....Not in Illinois.

Attempted murder, at best. So far, due to the wonderful hospitals near the area no one has died....(the hospitals get LOTS of practice with gunshot wounds). 14 people shot, some in serious condition.

And that is but one of the many shootings of black people by other black people this year in Chicago.

Note: No cops involved in this shooting (except for cleanup and report taking afterwards)

But Black Lives Matter. Sure they do. Just not to black people when it isn't done by a white cop or a white southern man.... Black people have killed more black people in the South Side of Chicago this year than all the police in the United States this year.

We won't even discuss the 3 year old shot a few miles away later that same day...

But we gotta riot when a career criminal dies while resisting arrest (when it is a white cop, anyway).


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

An excellent point

And one I had not considered:

From PeteForester in the comments on the post below this one:

"the masks are an effective visual that "a crisis exists," and will most likely exist until at least Election Day, it's ultimate timeline contingent on who wins..."



So lemme see if I got this straight:

The people making policy that we should (now!) wear masks tell us that they will prevent infections from being passed from one person to another....
These are the people who told us that masks DON'T work, and actively discouraged the wearing of them in the early days of the "Covid-19 Pandemic"....Where they (IF they are effective) might have made a difference by preventing the early cases that led to other infections that led to other infections....

These are the experts that told us that hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine were unsafe drugs, dangerous to take, even though they have been in use safely in other applications in the US since 1955. Who discouraged the use of Remdesivir, even though it has been used as an antiviral drug since 2009 and is a well known drug which can be administered safely.

These are the folks who predicted 22 million deaths, in the US, then revised that downward...to 12M, then to 6,3M, then 2.6M, then 1.2M, then 600,000, then 420,000 ....when the real number is about 145,000.....Pretty big difference. (While no estimate is terribly accurate, being off by a factor of nearly one hundred is an "estimate" that is pretty bad).  And who predicted that hospitals would be overwhelmed as early as March 30....when they never even came close. Who told us we would need hundreds of thousands of additional ventilation assisting machines...when we didn't even use the ones we had already....These are the folks who told us that the disease began in this country in February...when all evidence (even then!) showed that it was likely here in Novermber of 2019.....who decided that scanning people's foreheads at airports with an infrared thermometer as they deplaned was an adequate screening in defense against travelers bringing the disease from other countries...no quarantine or other followup....

These are the folks that decided, apparently at random, that 6 feet/2 meters "Social Distancing" (with absolutely zero science or research or evidence that the chosen distance was effective, but simply picked a number) would prevent the transmission of disease (even though masks would not help) and with no regard to airflow or other environmental factors that would move the disease from one person to another....

These are the people who told us that we needed to shelter in place for 2 weeks to "Flatten the Curve"....that led to 90 days of "lockdown"...
Who then allowed the country to reopen, and were then surprised and unprepared when the rate of infection increased greatly once people began to interact again...effectively showing that the first 90 days of lockdown did nothing to stem or otherwise stop the infection, merely delay the increase for 90 days. We, under their advice, wasted the past 90 days....gaining nothing except the destruction of our economy and increased unemployment and economic ruin for a great many of our citizens.

These are the "experts" who told us we could not shop in small stores, but allowed larger retailers, like WalMart and Target and Home Depot to remain open....who told us we could not attend funerals or get our hair cut, could not attend Christian Church services (but allowed Mosques to remain open).... Who told us that eating at a restaurant 6 feet from other patrons was dangerous, but allowed convenience stores to remain open so we could stand in line 6 feet apart to buy lottery and cigarettes, and allowed car dealerships to operate with absolutely no restrictions because they were "essential". Who told us that bakeries and clothing stores and shoe stores were dangerous and should be closed, but liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries were "essential".

These are the "experts" that now tell us that wearing cloth masks will greatly reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus in our population and threaten us with fines if we don't wear them (where were they with this information and demands that we wear masks 90 days ago...would that have not prevented many secondary and tertiary infections in our population??)....but fail to make sure that people wear them properly, negating the usefulness of those masks when they are worn on the chin or the upper lip.

I'm thinking that these experts are either incompetent or have another agenda.

If you like Reynolds Wrap as a material for your chapeau, then one might think that the agenda is more important than our economy (or the economy IS the agenda) or that Social Conditioning is more important than public health.... and that actual Public Health is secondary...

I actually prefer my "experts" to show a bit more expertise before I listen to them..... 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Mask Mandate:

So since like nearly every municipality (and/or county and/or state) is requiring that businesses require that their patrons wear a mask.....

Are they gonna go the step further and require that people wear those masks over both their nose and mouth?
Or are we just gonna go through the motions in an attempt a enforced social compliance?
I see many folks (oddly, especially folks with an african ancestry) wearing a mask....over their mouth but not their nose. Lots more wearing them on their chin, but not covering their nose OR mouth. Sadly, these folks get away with it because every one else is afraid of being called "racist" if they point the failure to wear the mask properly.
(Note: I wear a mask only under protest, but that is just me me being stubborn...I beleive they are somewhat effective at preventing people from spreading sneeze and cough borne droplets of spittle, but they really don't do much else...)

Make no mistake, I think that if a business chooses to require a mask on their property, the choice is theirs, and that is their business....It iws not the purview of the State, however.  In my state, the only person that can issue "wear a mask" orders (in public streets) that are legally enforceable is the Governor, as LaPorte County has found out.....they can make all the ordinances they wish, but they have no real force of law. (But the business is in a bind if they don't cooperate).

But if yer gonna hassle businesses and people about masks, then make people wear 'em properly...or don't do it at all. 

Folks in Chicago would do well to remember 1(9)68

Back then, folks who rioted during demonstrations got the snot whacked out of them in that city. Lessons learned....don't fuck with the police.

Today, those lessons are being learned again:

A large group of protesters at a rally to defund the police attempted to tear down the Columbus statue in the park. Fireworks were set off near the covered statue as hundreds gathered around. The rally took a violent turn with reports of some in the crowd fighting police.

A fair number of the crowd got bruises. I can't feel sorry for them.

I think the cops showed a great deal of restraint.

This ain't Portland.

And it would seem that the Media is a bit upset because their reporters embedded in the crowd did not get special treatment when told to "move Back" and were roughed up/ My heart bleeds.


Also, have you noticed that the Left is demonizing Christopher Columbus? AFAIK, he never set foot on the Continental US.

The only justification I see is that "5 Million slaves were transported from the Caribbean islands by 1700". (Hint: the big trip by Columbus was 1492).   I doubt if Chis C. was responsible.

Related: It seems that the Left is all up in arms about the "defacing" of a number of Black Lives Matter murals and other painted statements on public property....'Twould seem to me that they don't like it when the other side plays by their rules....



Sunday, July 19, 2020

Car shopping update

So we found the exact same vehicle in a different color, for a few dollars more. Nearly the same miles, identical condition, better tires, and with the "Certified Chrysler Warranty"....basically an additional 5K miles on the factory warranty and the same 7/100K powertrain warranty.

No hidden fees, charges, taxes,add-ons or other irritating things.

Price
Tax
Doc Fee

Out the door price.
No other fees

And Dad seems happy, so there is that.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

The first big bright double flash

So at 5:29 AM (local)  on this day (July 16) 75 years ago, the first nuclear bomb was tested (exploded) at the Trinity site in White Sands New Mexico.

22 kilotons, the experiment was a success.

An interesting side note: these scientists were geniuses.

About 40 seconds after the explosion the air blast reached me. I tried to estimate its strength by dropping from about six feet small pieces of paper before, during, and after the passage of the blast wave. Since, at the time, there was no wind I could observe very distinctly and actually measure the displacement of the pieces of paper that were in the process of falling while the blast was passing. The shift was about 2 1/2 meters, which, at the time, I estimated to correspond to the blast that would be produced by 20 thousand tons of T.N.T.
Enrico Fermi.

And from there the world had a tiger by the tail.


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

We declined to pay for the "experience"

So Dad needs a new vehicle to replace the '07 Town and Country minivan he's been driving for a long time (like for the past 180,000 miles).

We looked at different cars and such, and he chose to get another minivan...a Chrysler Town and Country or a Dodge Grand Caravan.

We look at some that are a few years old, and they are...tired. Very tired.

So he decided to bite the bullet and get one only a year or so old. A couple (like 7 thousand) more dollars, but ones that are not worn to death or beat to shit.

There are very few out there like that.

We find one locally, but they want a bit too much for it. A dealership 55 miles away has one nearly the exact same car, same mileage, only for $2k less. Not a huge amount of money, but 2 Grand is a lot to me and especially to Dad...I call and verify they have it in stock, and the price is as advertised...no add- ons, or other fees.

We get there, and test drive it and it is a nice minivan...low miles, clean, good condition, very little wear.

We haggle a bit, and agree on a price with the business manager. All good. Paperwork is drawn up, and a total agreed upon

He goes to the cashier and pays the agreed cash price for the vehicle, plus the doc fee and the fee for the temporary plate.....No sales tax because this dealer is in Illinois and he will be taking it back across the border to Indiana.

The dealership has to do their "Delivery Prep" and we wait for a few minutes. Dude comes up and hands us the keys and says..."We need to collect the sales tax, I was wrong."

Ok, my dad is agreeable, so we go back to the cashier and he hands them a credit card to pay the 7% sales tax on a $16,900 vehicle.

The cashier says the difference is $2833. My dad looks at her and says..."7% tax, right?" She says "yes, the difference is $2833...". My dad is pretty good at math and that doesn't seem right to him...

I ask to see the paperwork, and it now shows the $16900, plus the doc fee and the plate fee and the line for sales tax...$1183....and a new line that says "Napleton Dealer Sales Experience Fee" and the number of $1650. Odd, that wasn't there before....

When I questioned the "Experience Fee" the business manager said that it was a fee they charged to every customer for the "Experience" of purchasing a car at the dealership......I objected, pointing out that the fee had not been mentioned up to that point and that we had not negotiated that fee....He explained that EVERY customer pays that fee.

We declined to pay them an additional $1659 and requested our check back before we left...the "Business Manager" tried to tell me we had a contract and had no choice but to finalize the transaction....I suggested they give us back the check or I might have to come and take it back from the cashier..... No sale today.

We left, check in hand . We did not feel the "Experience" of buying a car was worth $1650.

I wonder how many people, especially those who finance, even realize that they are being charged this fee AFTER negotiating a final price?

I expect car dealers to be shady, and all, but damn.

Back to looking.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Have you noticed?

The Media tells us the number of CASES of coronavirus, but seldom tells us the number of TESTS that were performed to get that number.
Nor do they tell us the PERCENTAGE of POSITIVE tests.

HERE is a chart (you will have to follow the link, I am unable to embed it) showing the percentage of positive testing. Now, note that the percentage has come down. There may be a number of factors, one that might be a large cause is that people who got the testing early were those who were pretty much already showing possible symptoms and were largely getting the test to confirm an already existing diagnosis of Corona.

Having said that, note how the percentage of positive cases has fallen. from a high of 22 percent in late March to a low of about 4.5% in mid June....Right now we are a bit more than 8.5% positive. More data points gives us a much better data set. We can now see that Covid isn't the threat it was once thought to be.

But the media doesn't bother to tell you that, do they? Instead, the use the numbers to generate fear, by telling you the higher number of CASES....and telling you (lying, really) that the hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed, when that is just not true.

Why don't they give the truth? Why enegender fear? I can only think that it is to help keep the US population afraid, and in hiding, in order to damage the economy.....For political reason that you can figure out for yourself.

Remember, we have already Flattened the Curve...for well over 2 weeks. Either they were lying to us then, or they are lying to us now.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Of course it couldn't be the riots

Err, I mean...the entirely justified protests of the death of a criminal that nearly no one knew about until he died....

So some authorities are admitting that it wasn't, at least not entirely, the "reopening" of the service sector (bars and restaurants and stores and such) nor was it likely the Trump rallies that began the resurgence of the WuFlu....But that it was, indeed, at least mostly, fueled by the George Floyd riots protests. 

I doubt if the riots are the entire reason for the uptick (and that is all it really is, an uptick) in cases, but having several thousand people in a small area, rubbing shoulders and shouting (and breathing those disease laden droplets) is a very likely vector for transmission of nearly any disease.


expensive lunch

But the company and the experience was worth it. So not that expensive after all....

So Sunday started out with thunderstorm rapidly moving  through at about 7 AM.

But by 10 the skies were clear.

So, MC and I invited my parents to do the brunch at a Rochester Indiana restaurant called The Dam Landing. They do a really nice brunch on Sundays.

So we loaded up the parents and drove to the airport, opened the hangar and preflighted the 182.

Off we went. A short flight, a climb to 5500 feet to get above the clouds and turbulence, then a fast descent to the Fulton County airport. Other than a bit if concern with another plane and I trying to find each other visually so we did not occupy the same space at the same time (cooperation and communication in an untowered airport is a great thing!) the trip was fast and without incident.

We landed, taxiied, and then walked about a half mile to the smell of food.

The weather was warm, but not bad. About 75 degrees F and a nice breeze, so the walk wasn't bad.

Sadly, they no longer do the Brunch (I wish they'd take it off of their website then), but the lunch food was very good.

Ribs, pulled pork, tenderloins the size of some counties in the east coast, and lots of fried potatoes. Waffle fries and tater tots....All garnished with cheese, bacon onions and other flavorful goodness.....
A walk back towards the airport with a stop at Sallies by the Shore...and ice cream place that makes their own ice cream offsite and sells it out a 1950's era travel trailer. Damned good ice cream.

I was too hungry to stop and take pictures of the food or the ice cream, but I did take a photo of the ice cream trailer:



Then we started the plane, a quick bit of power to get it rolling out of the grass, taxiied to runway 29, a runup  and off we went.

We turned north and went towards South Bend, got Flight Following through their class C airspace and then turned west along the lake for some sightseeing. then a short trip back to the home airport.

2.4 hours of flight, 4 and-a-bit hours with my parents and MC (people that I value highly), and lots of good times had by all. Plus food. This is why I learned to fly...(of course the WuFlu and our government's (over)reaction to it has put a crimp in those plans...)

Overall a beautiful day.

Question:

What, exactly did shutting the country down for 3 months do for us?

It flattened the curve....I get that. But if we are never gonna reopen, then what is the use?

As states reopen of course there are gonna be new cases. That was a given. Until we get a vaccine, or we reach "Herd Immunity" (which requires that people be exposed to this disease) then this is a natural consequence.

So what, exactly, was the plan? To keep everyone on lockdown until some indeterminate date in the future? (Nov 3 2020?) or simply until there is a vaccine ready for widespread distribution?

Or did the nations health authorities think there was gonna be some other result of allowing people to interact again?

I mean, the original "Lockdown" was supposed to "flatten the curve" and last for 2 or so weeks.....that morphed into 3 months....What was the plan for the future?

Were the preceding three months simply a waste of time and economic damage?


Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cases! OMFG!

So Illinois is doing more and more testing per day. 

Te latest testing data is as follows:



so of the people being tested, 2.45 Percent test positive. 
Yep, 2 and half out of every 100 people actually have a current case. 

This is a terrible disease. So bad you have to take a test to determine if you are one of the two percent that even have it. 

And the National media is doing their best to keep the fear up, even though an examination of the data shows that it just isn't that bad. But we gotta keep the fear up to keep things muddling along rather than surging back into the Trump economy that we need.... 

Kinda like the medical professional said to me a week or so ago when I asked when this coronavirus thing would end? 

"I dunno, I'm not much into politics"

Saturday, July 11, 2020

So they could always just quit if they felt that strongly

You know, find another company that would put up with their Social Justice-ing bullshit and whatnot.

Of course, they'd lose all the BIg Union benefits of working for Ford as well.

But, hey, they are the ones that think that Ford should stop building police cars.
'Cause that will help so much to fix the Racial Injustice that is so terribly prevalent.

What I would ask, has happened that these Union Workers think that they have the right to tell their employer what products they can and cannot produce?

One might think that, if Black Lives Matter so much (that they think that stopping the production of police cars would be any more than a symbolic gesture), that they haven't done anything to stop the violence in Black sections of the larger (and often not so large) cites....I mean, so far this year the folks on the South (and now West) side of Chicago (pretty much 100% of African descent) have killed more black people in Chicago alone that all the police in the entire NATION have this year. .

But hey, stopping the production of Police Cars will help so much.

Here's a hint: Stop breaking laws/ Best way to not get crosswise with the Po-po If yer arrested, stop fighting, that keeps the 5-0 from either tazering or shooting or otherwise damaging you. Keeps the Hickory off of your melon as well.  On other words, don't make the situation worse.

Yes, I know, that's "Raciss" of me to point out the above. But ask any cop, they'll tell you, it is true. One racial group keeps fighting. 

So where is the uptick in deaths?

I mean, about 30 days ago we were told that there was a sudden increase in Covid "Cases" (there is some evidence that they are mixing positive antibody tests in with positive infection tests to get the increase in "cases", but let us put that aside for a moment).

If we had all these "record number of new cases" that spiked about 30 days ago (oddly time coincident (15 or so days after) the George Floyd looting riots protests then would one not expect to see a rise in DEATHS from covid-19 about 30 days after the "spike" in cases? We should be seeing that spike in deaths starting about a week ago......and I can't seem to find it. Nor can I find, with the exception of Arizona (Phoenix) a coincident rise in hopsitalizations to correspond with the spike in cases.

Either we have already killed off the folks who were most likely to catch and die from Covid, the virus has weakened, or we are being lied to about the sudden spike in cases. 

I know which one I would choose to believe. What say you? 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Oddly, the Media is downplaying

The fact that the guy in Seattle who drove the wrong way up a ramp, after going past police blocking the road (so that the protesters could  black the roads safely?)  and struck two women who were protesting something related to the George Floyd incident/Black lives Matter ("Black Femme March takes I-5")....

The women struck were WHITE.
The man driving the Jaguar (obviously an oppressed minority person) was....black. The CAR was white, however, even if the driver wasn't.

The driver...wan't a white supremacist, not a Right Wing nutball.

But the media is trying the best to make you believe otherwise.

It ain't news anymore, but propaganda disguised as news. 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Except when they don't:

Black lives mattering, I mean....

Seems that young black child (8 years old) was killed in a  shooting in a Birmingham Alabama mall.

Seems 2 crowds of black males were having a "Verbal Disagreement" when they shot at each other. apparently hitting only 4 bystanders, all black (and missing their intended targets).

Black Lives Matter, sure they do, but only when the black life happens to be a criminal who is being restrained or arrested by the police. I don't see any marches across the country for young Royta Giles, who was 8 years old. I don't see any riots in protest, nor whites and blacks walking hand in hand and blocking streets in protest. I don't see wall to wall coverage by the media either. I strongly doubt that there will be 6 funerals like George Floyd got, in different parts of the country, I bet no one donates a bronze coffin, and Al Sharpton won't travel in to speak at his funeral. There won't be any TV coverage of his memorial service, either.

I bet there won't be any TV coverage of the funerals of Natalia Wallace from the South Side of Chicago, nor of the funeral of Vernado Jones....both of whom were killed by other black people in drive-by shootings over the Independence Day weekend. (Nor of the other 14 people killed on the South Side over that weekend either. I will bet good hard cash that Al Sharpton won't speak at their funerals, nor will they get nice shiny caskets for their burials either.

So when DO  "Black Lives Matter"? Only when a white cop is involved? Enquiring Minds and all that.

(and that is only two cities....how many more "Black Lives" were ended by other black people this weekend? Where is the outcry?) Oddly, this doesn't happen nearly as often in neighborhoods with other demographics.






Sunday, July 5, 2020

Because Black Lives Matter:

That's why they shot over 60, killed 13, 2 of the dead are children. 

Because Black Lives Matter.

It is interesting that Black people on the South side of Chicago have killed over 40 times as many black people as the police have this year in Chicago.
But Black Lives Matter.

Police are the problem. White people are the problem. It's not the issues with Black society or culture that causes them to be losers in the lottery of life.


What a total bunch of horseshit.

I can't wait for what happens in predominantly black neighborhoods in those (liberal) cities that disband their police departments. 

I tried this

(I saw someone else post about this a few weeks ago, and had to try it....)

Some clerks are just unable to think.

So there I was at the meat market.

Chicken legs on sale. I needed something to grill for Independence Day.

The young, mostly decorative, female clerk behind the counter asked if she could help me.

"yeah, are these chicken legs front legs or back legs?"

"I don't know...But I'll find out!" she said brightly

She went to ask an adult.

He looked at her if she was entirely stupid (which she apparently is) and then looked at me......I smiled. He laughed.  the said "he's messing with you", Chickens have wings in front".

She wasn't very happy once the light dawned.

I bought 4 lbs of drumsticks for the Independence Day weekend cookout. They cooked up nicely.

Thing is, she will likely be able to vote this November.
Scary.


Saturday, July 4, 2020

Independence Day

The date on the "Declaration of Independence" is today. The day that a group of people declared themselves separate and no longer subservient to a King. In some respects, the day that a Nation was conceived.

One wonders what those men, some who truly gave up their "Lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor" would think of the current events that are happening in our country today.

Personally, I think they'd weep at the crap that the Media is pushing and that the governments and corporations are kowtowing to.

Having said that, until the liberals and Free Shit Army totally fucks us all, this is still the best place in the world to live. A little less the best nearly every day, for sure every time another standard is worn away or a rule of society is discarded, but the US stood so far above every other country on this earth that despite 40+ years of ever increasing erosion of our society it is still better than anywhere else.

If it weren't for the prosperity our Constitution allows even the "poor" and the productivity of most of our citizens, the ability to protest, to have the TIME to protest, the energy to protest would not exist for these childish people that want to change the society that gives them their luxury to protest without fear of death or incarceration. They would be working and struggling so hard simply to survive that they would have neither the time nor the energy to protest.

Our forefathers would have dealt with them in a harsher manner.

Happy Independence Day, everyone. Please remember why it is a holiday. Thank all those men who made the declaration of Independence go from a simple piece of paper to reality.
But above all, thank those men who had the courage to put their name to that document and defy the King of England.

No go and stay home under government orders to celebrate you independence from tyranny.


Friday, July 3, 2020

So cases are climbing

Coronavirus cases, I mean.

So then, what exactly did the last three months do to help the "Pandemic"? Was the plan all along for us to fort up and never come out? To stay home and give up on our way of life until sometime next year (maybe) when a vaccine is (possibly) developed? To destroy our economy?

Remember, the original plan to "flatten the curve" was for just two weeks. Just to "Flatten the Curve". That was what? 3 months ago? Did those three months really gain us anything? Doesn't appear so.

The way I figure it, the Coronavirus episode will be over 12 hours after November 3, 2020....one way or another. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Odd that:

So it seems that in the CHOP/CHAZ? whatever the current name is for the (now disbanded) "autonomous zone" the first two deaths of "residents" were two young black men.

Odd, isn't it,  that in a no-police/no regular government zone organized  because "Black Lives Matter" that two young black men (children, really, but nonetheless) are the first two killed.

And it ain't the police that did it.

Strange. 

Just to get this out front:

Ghislaine Maxwell didn't kill herself.

Seems that she is in the custody of the FBI and is being questioned.

I fully expect a 737 MAX to "accidentally" fall out of the sky and strike directly where she ins currently incarcerated....Or some other, equally unlikely form of Arkancide Maybe a falling iciccle or something.
We should start a pool. Date (maybe week?) and method of "accidental suicide"....
$50 a square and all the other rules would apply.

As an aside:
I have a question...where were the parents of these young girls who were supposedly taken to the island and plied for their sexual favors? What parent in their right mind allows their 16 year old(ish) daughter to go off on an hours long flight for a long weekend party on a private island with an older man? 

And if this was so traumatic for these girls, why did so many of them go again and again? 

Wouldn't the parents also be responsible criminally for allowing their daughter to travel to the "Island" with a man as old as Epstein? Surely they didn't think their nubile young daughters were going just to play board games.....

Enquiring minds want to know, and all that.

Interesting Coronavirus data

Was talking with a person with a great deal of knowledge of health statistics yesterday. Interesting information from this person: (note: I haven't verified all the statements here, but they ring true)

The renewed "outbreaks" are nearly all happening in cities that allowed the riots protests following the media hype of the George Floyd death while resisting arrest. Most other areas (especially rural) are not experiencing the "upsurge".

The media is telling us that the hospitals in those cities Intensive Care units are "at 90% capacity"...thing is, on a NORMAL day, those same hospitals are generally at over 85% capacity level, as this is where the hospital is profitable. If they are at 50%, the facility is losing money. There isn't a lot of spare capacity just waiting around for someone.

She pointed out that the "Upsurge" in cases oddly didn't happen (or at least wasn't REPORTED by the media) until shortly after the stock market began a record level of increase, moving quickly back towards economic recovery, with the market moving rapidly (V-Shaped Recovery?)  Then the Media began telling us about the increase in cases....when the increase had begun a week before. And in most places, the upswing, while worrying, is not anywhere near the infection or hospitalizaton levels of a month or 6 weeks ago.

Finally, Masks: (ETA: It was pointed out to me that the linked article no longer says what it did when I posted this...apparently the videos and the article have been memory-holed)

Cloth masks don't help the wearer. Even most medical masks don't really help the wearer that much. Medical masks are designed to prevent the wearer from spreading droplets of spittle that may contain virii or bacteria onto a compromised patient.
Studies show that a bandanna or a two-layer cloth mask pretty much does nothing to stop the aerosolized droplets from a human mouth or nose carried in their breath....in other words, they are useless. It takes more than 4 layers to do much good. Also the same simulation shows that an unprotected sneeze or cough can let the droplets travel as far as 12 feet, making the current spacing..IE "Social Distancing" of 6 feet....pretty much bullshit. And in air that is moving, say in an air-conditioned building, it may travel 17-20 feet or more.
So in other words, unless we are all wearing cone style medical or industrial masks or 4 or more layers of cloth, the current masks and distancing are simply a waste of time. Most cloth masks are only slightly more useful than nothing at all.
Which is why the medical folks (and Dr (clueless) Fauci) originally stated that "Masks are useless".


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

So why should We listen to him?

I'm talking about Dr Anthony Fauci.

He's now claiming that there is a "Possibility of 100,000 new cases a day" (of coronavirus).

Thing is, he's been wrong more than he's been right about this whole health crisis.

His advice on chinese travel? Wrong.
His advice on screening travelers? Wrong
His advice on masks? Yeah, it's hard to tell if it was wrong because he changed it so many times. Masks-Yes...No....sometimes....They help...they don't...they help spread, but they don't.

We were gonna shut down for 2 weeks to "flatten the curve" so our hospitals would not be overwhelmed. 2 Weeks.... extended to 3 months. By now the curve should be as flat as Kansas.
All the lockdown did was damage our economy...we are no better off now, covid-wise, than we were in March.

I am beginning to think the good Doctor doesn't really know much more than I do.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

So what do they want Donnie to do?

Reports are in the Media that there is (or was) a "bounty" on US servicemen fighting in Afghanistan.

Perhaps it is true, and perhaps it isn't.....Intelligence sources seem to have mixed opinions on the veracity of the claims.

But, seriously, what would they have Trump do about it if it is true?

How can it be proven one way or another?

What is he supposed to do? Protest to Russia? To the (useless) United Nations?

Start an equivalent bounty on Russian soldiers? (Bad idea, this would escalate things fairly quickly in a VERY bad direction, I think.)

Seriously, other than another club to strike at him with, what would the Left and the Media (but I repeat myself) have the President do about it?

(as an aside, a Green Beret I know who worked with Indigenous Forces in Vietnam has told me stories about bounties for the capture of or bodies of Russian "advisors" working with the Viet Cong back in the day.....)


Monday, June 29, 2020

An open letter to NASCAR Sponsors

I intend to send this to every major sponsor of NASCAR I can find a contact for:

Like most people, I was at first horrified and disturbed when I heard the news reports regarding the noose found at Bubba Wallace’s garage in Talledega Alabama Speedway. I was cheered and heartened to see that the entire field of drivers was willing to support him in the time following the “incident”. Later, I was disgusted and angered when I found out that the “noose” was in fact, a simply a garage pull rope tied in a loop, and that nearly every garage door had a similar loop tied in it…That the “noose” was, in fact, a hoax. NASCAR is still defending the story that this was a hate crime, even though the FBI has indicated otherwise.

Mr. Wallace at first claimed that the sight of the “noose” had disturbed and frightened him. Later, when the FBI had time to investigate and it was determined that the entire “noose” incident was not, in fact, racism, that the pull rope had been there for at least a year, he claimed that he “Never saw the noose himself" (in his own garage?), but had simply been told about it by Steve Phelps, President of NASCAR” in an attempt to walk back his initial statements.

I, frankly, find this race-baiting disgusting. There is enough racist incidents in our country without creating false incidents in order to generate publicity and as a vehicle to demonstrate how “woke” NASCAR is. This whole incident was, in effect, a poorly done publicity stunt.

Your firm, as a sponsor of the racers, is the heart of NASCAR. You, as the source of funding, are what keeps the racers racing and what keeps NASCAR solvent. You have a responsibility to use your influence to prevent such things from happening again, and to see to it that the people involved in the current incident are punished…..Be it the NASCAR management or Bubba Wallace himself.  THIS SORT OF BEHAVIOR CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND.

I have been a NASCAR fan for many years, Often, my choice of product purchase is influenced by the sponsorship of the cars in the NASCAR season. “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” is often true in the case of my purchasing decisions. NASCAR sponsorship has influenced my choice of many purchases. Losing viewership such as mine will negatively affect the value of your sponsorship dollars.

It is incumbent, therefore, that your firm, as a sponsor of NASCAR teams, force NASCAR to fix this issue and punish those guilty of perpetrating this hoax, be it Steve Phelps, his managers, other NASCAR management, or whomever else in NASCAR who had knowledge of this incident. Further, Mr. Wallace was a willing participant, and needs to be sanctioned for his role in this hoax as well.  If you continue funding NASCAR teams without pressuring NASCAR to stop this behavior, then you as a corporation are complicit in funding race-baiting and perpetuating racial strife in the United States.

Failure to do so will make your firm complicit in this hoax. Failure to act, to clean up NASCAR, to prevent acts like this in the future (you obviously find sponsorship to be profitable) will result in losing me and others as customers. NASCAR fans have long memories. We can boycott as well as support team sponsors.

If you are a NASCAR fan, I strongly urge you to write a similar letter. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

I find this sad

Due to the "Noose!" hoax perpetrated by NASCAR and Bubba Wallace (if NASCAR wasn't aware of the fact that it was a hoax, then it was simply because they didn't want to be aware and chose not to bother to look at said "Noose" in an attempt to stage the Woke Theater that last week was...) I chose, for the first time in over 25 years to not watch a NASCAR race.  This is not to say that I have not  missed televised races in the past, but this is the first time I have CHOSEN to not watch, rather than having been unable, for work or family or other obligations, to have to miss watching.

I find that sad. A once mostly apolitical organization has gotten "Woke" and it will be the downfall of the sport. NASCAR has hired too many press and public opinion people and has lost their way. Soon the NASCAR organization, already floundering before this, will go the way of the Dodo, and become extinct.

The France family had better wake up.

Black Lives DON'T Matter

Apparently to the folks in the Chicago's South and West sides, that is.
21 shot, 7 dead. And that is just as of Saturday night at 10 PM.

One of the was a 20 month old boy strapped in a child seat in the back of his mother's car.

It ain't the Amish that are killing these folks.

And, oddly, this is compared to ZERO shootings by cops. Zero black people killed by cops.

But Black Lives Matter. What bullshit.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Have you noticed?

Ever since the "Covid Crisis", then, of course the BLM/George Floyd unrest, the Media has apparently simply forgotten about the Climate? No more lies about the "Warmest year on record: (when it wasn't) nor cries about Human caused "Climate Change".

Od, innit, how that subject went from the "beginning of the end of the world", to something that is just a footnote in history now that the Meeedia has something really juicy to sink their teeth into,


Friday, June 26, 2020

Yup, as long as we are purging

As I said below, lets purge all the federal projects, building, bridges, rural clinics, libraries, airports and all the other stuff that has the Grand Exalted Kleagle Cyclops of the Klu Klux Klan, Sen Robert Byrd.

I'm not the only one who thinks so.

I mean, lets be consistent.

I also think that the DNC folks need to apologize for their nearly century long association with the KKK and their obstruction of the Equal Rights Act. I think their party should, in fact, make some sort of reparations.

Plus, of course, they can wash the feet (or is it shine the shoes?) of Bubba Wallace too.




Innit interesting

So Covid-19 cases are spiking 10-15 days after the mass riots protests in many cities.

Funny how that works, ain't it?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

upon further reflection

I'm thinking that the whole "Noose" thing with Bubba Wallace is just theater .

There was absolutely NOTHING to this "incident". Made up of whole cloth.

NASCAR officials HAD to have seen the supposed "Noose" and therefore had to have known what the deal was. Nothing. Absolutely NOTHING. Yet they made a big deal about it.

This was theater. Simply theater.

While I appreciate the support the other drivers gave Bubba Wallace, (if they were unaware of the real story) I find the fact that now that Bubba Wallace now claims that he NEVER ACTUALLY SAW THE NOOSE, but rather that it was just reported to him (and NASCAR) and therefore he was unaware of the actual facts (then why did he make such a big theater about it before the race? How could to have affected him so much if he was never actually aware until someone told him about it?) to be very telling. He claimed to have been "terribly affected" and that he was "tested" by this....except that now that the facts are coming out, he claims that he never actually saw the noose and therefore he was unaware of the facts....

He does say that he "has seen the pictures" and that it is a "noose" (It isn't, it is a well tied loop in the garage door pull rope) and "the FBI corroborates that fact". He's trying to cover his ass.

Did the think that someone would not investigate this? That someone would not look closely? Or (like Jussie Smollet) did they think that the rest of the world would just take their word for it?

While I do think that FIFTEEN FBI investigators was a bit excessive, I am glad that they investigated and took the time to make a statement bout their findings.... that basically said "Hoax".

I think that Bubba Wallace's popularity will be greatly reduced after this. I would bet that his career will never recover.

If this was a stunt by NASCAR, then they have broken Bubba for nothing. It does appear that there was collusion to make something from nothing.

I just cannot fathom as to what they thought the benefit would be.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Toldya so.

Is Bubba gonna apologize? Say " I'm sorry" to all those NASCAR fans he maligned with this little stunt? To the drivers and their team members who he placed under suspicion?

I'm thinking that Bubba Wallace (who is no more a representative of the African American folks in the United states tha Colin Kapernick is) should be embarrassed. He must be getting his advice on Racism from the same folks that gave Jussie Smollett (and Colin Kapernick) advice....


Seems that the "noose" that was found by someone on the Bubba Wallace NASCAR team wasn't exactly a Noose.

(and the fact that the FBI dispatched 15 people to investigate this is disgusting) (FBI statement)

It was a garage door pull rope that was exactly like every other garage door pull rope on every garage door in Talledega and most other NASCAR garages Simply a rope tied into a loop to make the door easier to pull down.

Of course, if you are looking hard enough, you can find SOMETHING that can be "racist".

So I wonder if he'd know an actual "noose" if he saw one?

I find it hard to believe that Bubba is that stupid, nor that anyone else in the garage is that stupid....or that they couldn't recognize the piece of rope for what it was. (or was everyone too afraid to point out that it was just a garage door rope, fearful that they would be shunned for pointing out the obvious: that it wasn't a noose?)

I believe this was all a stunt.

And it'll backfire.
Badly.

No matter how much outrage you demonstrate when people point out the above


Question:

So my local media is pushing the fact that the number of positive Covid-19 tests is again on the rise.

The number of TESTS has increased daily. I mean the total number of people tested has grown. There are a greater number of people that get tested every day.

One statistic that is NOT being disseminated is the percentage of positive tests....In other words what percentage of the total number of people tested show a positive?

It would seem to me that this is a more reliable indicator of the spread of the disease. If last week the authorities tested, say, 20,000 people and (just a number) 2000 came back positive, then that would be a positive rate of 10%. If the week before they had tested 10,000 and 5000 came back positive, then that would have been a rate of 50%.

But we don't get that statistic. We get "Number of Positive Cases" which without the underlying data does not tell us anything. Unless we adjust for the total number of tests, we don't get any useful data.

Why is it that the media doesn't give us the whole story? Are they incompetent to understand the concept? Or is it just another attempt at fearmongering? Or is the data not disseminated to them by the medical authorities so they can continue to have a reason for the restrictions that they have placed upon the people and the damage to the economy?

I have found that, generally, when someone gives me incomplete statistics they are trying to hide something from me......

Monday, June 22, 2020

My money is on "False Flag"

So reports say that a "Noose" was found in the garage of Bubba Wallace's NASCAR team on Sunday. 

I've had press passes to the NASCAR team areas. Spent many hours in the garages and pit areas.

At no time is the garage nor the cars unattended. We are talking Millions of dollars worth of equipment, parts and, of course, the car itself. They are never left unattended. No one gets into the garage without being cleared.

If there was a noose placed in the garage then it was placed with the knowledge and  acquiescence of the team.

I call Bullshit on this one. This is about as real as the Jussie Smollet incident.


Exalted Grand Kleagle of the Klan:

So are the Black Lives Matter folks gonna demand the eradication of the statues and the removal of the names of the (many many) buildings that were named for him?

You know, the (Democrat) Senator that gave so much of the taxpayers money to the folks in West Virginia while also leading the Klan as the Grand Kleagle or whatever his title was as the National Leader of the Klu Klux Klan?

Yes, I am referring to the grand exalted Kleagle (and Senator) Robert C Byrd. The one whose name adorns nearly every third library, post office, DMV in West Virginia?

The Senator who has 5 out of 8 bridges (large AND small) named after him in the State?
Whose name adorns an AIRPORT?

You know, the Democrat Senator who opposed the Civil Rights Act, who opposed LBGT rights,
Who was Eulogized after his death by both Barry Obama and Nancy Pelosi (spit), and whom Hillary Clinton (and Bill as well) considered to be a mentor? .....Even though he was a racist, by any reasonable definition.

Is Nancy gonna have his portrait removed from the Halls of the Capitol, and his name stricken from the records of the House and Senate?

Are we gonna remove him from history like the Mob wishes to remove those statues? And as Nancy did with those Representatives who were Confederates?

And after that, are they gonna go after Yale University?






Sunday, June 21, 2020

I am lucky

Father's Day.

I have something to celebrate.

I had a Dad. He was there from my earliest memories.

He taught me right from wrong, taught me to THINK, to analyze, to have a moral code. Taught me to look beyond today, beyond the immediate.

Dad took a little monster of a boy child, and helped guide me and shape me into the man I am today.

My Dad grows smarter every day that I am alive. Thankfully, he was able to impart some of that wisdom to me before I really needed it.

I think today's "Woke" youth shows what happens when boys and young men don't have a Dad.

As I said, I was lucky.

Happy Father's Day, Dad. Thanks. 

Except when they don't.

Black Lives Matter.....Right?


So I fully expect to see the people marching in the streets, demanding that the perpetrator of this heinous crime be hung or something.


And I fully expect marchers to be demanding that something be done to change this systemic killing of children and young adults.


I expect Al Sharpton and the other black "preachers" to tell us all how this sort of killing is forever scarring the soul of the Black Community...


Or not. 

A 3-year-old was shot and killed while riding in a vehicle Saturday night in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side


A three year old child....Does That Life Matter? 


(and there were over 50 other people shot in the greater South and West sides in Chicago this weekend...)

Anyone wanna bet that the "Black Community" will ignore this? That they will simply chalk it up to another day in the South Side of Chicago?  Since this isn't unusual in the black community (Drive by shootings are common in the Austin neighborhood) and since the media (and whoever drove the George Floyd protest circus) isn't fanning the outrage, I will bet good hard cash that there will be .....nothing. No protest, no marches (and therefore, thankfully, no looting) but also no calls for "justice" no calls for "reform" , no cries of "racism" ('cause chances are it wasn't a white man who did the shooting).....And chances are that the stepdad who was driving wasn't a choirboy....And he knows who did this. 


In other words, "Black Lives Matter" only when the Media pushes the meme and when it is a black criminal at the hands of a white police officer....And there is cell phone video that can be edited to make it look like injustice. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

So why do the police allow it?

Many statues taken down by the crowds in cities across the country today, Saturday, June 20th.

Yet the police stand by and watch.

Blatant Destruction of Public Property. Easy to see. Easy, really, to stop.

Yet they stand there.

Are they afraid of the crowd?

Or are they under orders to stand their by the Mayors of those (generally, but not always) Blue cities?

Either way, are the police not supposed to prevent such actions? Or are they simply political police, who only enforce laws and prevent actions when it is easy and approved? 

Again, if the elected government chooses to pass legislation to remove the statues, that is one thing: But to allow a Mob to make that decision?

At what point will the Police step up and stop this behavior?

Note: these folks destroying the statues claim they are "Racist".

Do I get to destroy things that I see as "racist"?  Just because I FEELZ that it is racist? Who gets to decide the validity of the "Felling" of something being "Racist"?






Thursday, June 18, 2020

CMP goodness

So Fed-Ex delivered my 1911 to the FFl .

On Monday, they called and said that my number had come up and I was gonna get the 1911 I had applied for. They shipped it Tuesday, and it arrived Wed

I got to see it, and handle it, but can't take delivery until Thursday evening.

It is a Remington Rand, likely delivered in late 1944.

It has a new barrel and bushing, is nicely (re)-parkerized, and has an obviously new bit of lockwork. The trigger and hammer appear to be correct, but I'm not enough of an expert to know for sure at first glance. ...The trigger is crisp, but is gonna take some shooting to smooth out and lighten up. I bet it is 6 lbs. Kinda looks like they jacked up the slide and the frame and replaced everything under the hood....

I'll take a box of 50 ball ammo and see how well it shoots tonight. I'ts not gonna be a safe queen. Maybe not a carry gun, but few of my firearms are safe queens.

Might do pictures later. 

Things you never expect to hear

"Uh, Gary tower, Conqust 4588...there's a really HUGE snapping turtle on the taxiway"

"Ok, We will send someone out".

And a few minutes later, as I taxiied past the turtle "Gonna take take 2 or more people to move him, he's better than 18 inches across".

I hope they didn't hurt him moving him off the runway. As I departed, they had a big rope they were pulling him with, one guy on each side, sliding him off the pavement. 

I bet he was more than 50 years old. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Oddly, they are never choirboys

Nearly every person who is shot by police, be they black miscreants or white miscreants, Hispanic or Asian, innocent or not, has had experience with the police and the court system before.

Example: our Black Man killed by police du jour: Mr. Rayshard Brooks.

He had been arrested and imprisoned in 2014 for FOUR charges.... False Imprisonment, Simple Battery/Family, Battery Simple and Felony Cruelty/Cruelty to Children. He was on probation. 

Not a choirboy, as they say.

And, apparently, that explains why he fought arrest. He didn't want to go back to prison (even though it was a futile thing, they knew who he was and they had his car....they would simply have issued a warrant and added to his woes with two additional charges...resisting arrest and felony DWI...but I doubt, in the heat of the moment, he was thinking rationally.

No one, especially the media (or the BLM folks) ever seem to notice that they are backing a criminal. It doesn't matter to them, all they see is a Black Man. Which raises the question:

Who is the racist here? 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Just say "no"

I'm not advocating Mob Rule here, but since the Governments seem to be allowing the Mob to run rampant, perhaps others in our society should start taking matters into our own hands a bit, if only to stop the wholesale destruction of our history....

Perhaps it is time for some upstanding citizens to start defending those monuments the Mob hates so much, and that the police are choosing not to defend.

Since the police are standing by while Mobs of Black Lives Matter (or those claiming to be) are tearing down monuments. Perhaps we should stand between them and the Mob. A line of people, perhaps carrying signs (conveniently) stapled to a Louisville Slugger shaped handle. Of course, things could get somewhat ...Kinetic...in the ensuing argument, but that might not be a bad thing, as long as no one died or was too seriously injured.  Not advocating violence here, but a line of people standing around these monuments, simply saying"no" and refusing to let them pass with their ropes and sledgehammers and crowbars might be a good thing.

If some folks then got bruises, it might make the others think.

We have what we have in this country because we protect it. We pay our police offers (via taxes) to do that protecting...normally. If, however, the police choose to stand by and allow a Mob to wantonly destroy our public treasures, then perhaps we, as a population need to step up.

I'd much rather the police do so, mind you. They are trained and have the tools to (more or less) properly restrain the miscreants. We don't. But needs be when the police are absent or fail to act.

Yes, this also makes Us a Mob. But a mob bent on protecting rather than destroying.

The real reason these people do what they do is because they are no stopped nor disciplined for doing. Like a child or a puppy that is never disciplined, they never learn right from wrong.

A bit of Hickory Shampoo might teach them, if the police choose not to stop them.

Again, not advocating that we hunt them down or anything, simply that we stand in their way as they try to do illegal acts.

What happens then is up to the Mob themselves.