31 October 2021

Real Benefit from the IoT

Usually I see IoT stories that are about hackers and mayhem. This reinforces the idea that there could be some benefit. Bridge In Distress Sends Warning Using IoT Sensors

There’s not much that can shake up Kjetil Sletten, a senior engineer who manages bridge maintenance for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA). But when Sletten received an automated notification in April 2021 that movement sensors on a bridge in central Norway had gone off the scales, his instincts told him he needed to have a look with his own eyes.

It was an 80-year-old bridge, and one of the bridge had become separated from its support. (You can see movement in the video at the link above.) One end of the bridge was moving up and down with passing vehicles.

Sletten coolly blocked traffic in the northbound lane with his vehicle and called a road crew to manage traffic.

Which given that he didn't have an "official vehicle" was probably a bit of an issue, though maybe not the problem I would have envisioned in some places in America.

An interim repair was constructed to handle the traffic temporarily, and long-term replacement is under construction.

That 80-year-old bridge was part of a test of the IoT technology by the Norwegian transport agency.

“I don’t want to think about what might have happened if we didn’t have this instrumentation on the bridge,” said Trond Michael Andersen, director of Technology, division for Operation and Maintenance, NPRA.

In the video at the link above, it is noted that emergencies cost more than fixing things in a more proactive manner. Lack of time for planning, lack of time for a bidding process, and general stress all increase the cost.

The article mentions both the emergency closure of the Hernando De Soto Bridge in Memphis, and the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy.

Back From The Dead — A Halloween Musical Interlude

Halestorm is an old-school Rock & Roll band. Singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale has a great voice and a lot of power. The rest of the band includes her brother Arejay Hale playing drums, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith. They released a song in August that we have for our Halloween Musical Interlude.

Like most "official videos" I find the video that Halestorm released annoying and distracting. So we have a lyrics video today. You can find the original easy enough. (A "Back from the Dead" video that references the TV show Walking Dead is a bit cliche in 2021.)

They are touring the US, mostly with Evanescence, for the remainder of the year, and they will be touring Europe and the UK next year. You can find the dates on their website.

This is "Back From The Dead" by Halestorm. It was released as a single in August, and is due to be part of an album to be released in 2022, but I haven't seen what the name of that album will be, if they have announced it.

The "How Dare You Live Without Me" Attitude

It never works out. Northeast Philly homeowner shot man who broke into house in search of his ex-girlfriend, police say | PhillyVoice

He went to a home to "confront" is ex-girlfriend, because he apparently didn't understand the "ex-" part of that equation.

The man kicked at the wooden door repeatedly and shouted for several minutes before the door broke from its hinges, police said

The homeowner shot and killed the man after he broke down the door to the home.

He apparently couldn't let it go. He could have gone out with friends for a drink. He could have stayed home and watched an old movie. Instead he decided to kick in the door to a home where he wasn't invited. Turns out that was a bad idea.

The reporter makes note of the fact that he had a license to carry; I don't think you need that in your own home, not even in Pennsylvania. And he also notes that the guy who got shot was not armed, as if that should make a difference.

"I Will Stop the Motor of the World"

Captain Capitalism notes... It's the Perfect Time to Go Galt

And so now when Joe Biden tyrannically "decreed" employers must force employees to be vaccinated, that was not the straw that broke the camel's back, but the log. It was the flame necessary to ignite the Going-Galt-Explosion that you've seen these past few weeks. It was the final and missing piece of this Galtian Perfect Storm. And you my fine productive member of society have not, and will not, have a better time to go Galt.

First, a significant percent of other productive members of society are calling it quits. It's OK if the generations of liberal arts majors and social science majors call it quits. They were never producing anything anyway. And truthfully, the world will go without restaurants, movie theaters, or non-profits. But basic and critical people have had enough. Truck drivers are in short supply. Linemen and electricians as well. Accountants are in short supply. Factory and union workers are going on strike. And so are pilots and nurses. It's one thing if ONE sector or group of employees go on strike. But the US has not seen a universal strike of competent and productive people go on strike at the same time.

There is so much more. Student Debt. CRT. And general Liberal insanity. Click thru.

Atlas Shrugged asked the question, "Who is John Galt?" The answer: "I am John Galt and I will stop the motor of the world."

Study Used for Australian Mask Mandate is "Rubbish"

It was never about health; it was (and is) about control. Victorian mask-mandate study rubbished by experts - Rebel News

OK, so the study was only used in New South Wales, and Victoria, but those include Syndey and Melbourne. I believe they are the 2 largest provinces in that country. Most Americans have no idea that Australia is divided into provinces, let alone what they are.

The Victorian government referenced a paper published in Plos One during July 2020 by the Burnet Institute to justify its mandatory face mask policy.

Thousands of dollars worth of fines were issued by Victoria Police in relation the mask mandate.

The legitimacy of these mandates has been called into question after the Burnet study was found to be ‘riddled with basic errors’ to the point that, according to medical researchers, it should ‘never have been published’.

Trust the science, even when the science is bogus, apparently. Especially if it lets you unleash a police state, collect 10s of thousands in fines, and generally overturn democracy.

When asked to defend its mandatory mask policy for Victorians, the Department of Health was unable to offer any further scientific basis for the direction.

The fall of Australian democracy is being documented. All you need to do is pay attention.

30 October 2021

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 30 October

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 10.27.21

Adam Piggott: Arguing The Existence of God
American Conservative: We Lost The School Fight Fifty Years Ago

The Right Way - Top of the News

Critical Race Theory whitewashes Black history - Bookworm Room
Joe Rogan Says Dr. Pierre Kory Treated 200 Members of Congress with Ivermectin - 90 Miles From Tyranny

Flopping Aces - The Week in Radical Leftism, 10/29/21

Joe Biden Wants to Help Women by Freeing Rapists
The person least surprised by this is probably Tara Reade.
ICYMI – Let’s Just Say it – Barack Obama is a Horrible Human Being


Joe Biden and Pope Francis Meet In Rome
Everyone knows, Biden is a loser...

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 10.29.21 (Afternoon Edition)

Cafe Hayek: Avoid This Reductio
CDR Salamander: The Fine Line Between A Lie, Spin, And Your Soul, also, Diversity Thursday

Vlad Tepes - EU had plans drawn up to deal with “vaccine hesitancy” and other contemporary issues in 2018: Links 2, October 29, 2021

3. A spectacular example of why “multiculturalism’ is an oxymoron. Below, are some videos of the remnants of people being burned for being a witch. One might safely assume they were alive when the match was lit.

Battleswarm Blog - Supply Chain Update for October 28, 2021

But remember: There’s no problem a government “solution” can’t make worse: “Biden hopes fines on lingering cargo containers ease congestion at major U.S. ports.”

Cafe Hayek - Some Covid Links

For those of you who doubt the reality of Covid Derangement Syndrome, please read, in Slate, this exchange, which is simultaneously sickening and infuriating.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 10/28/2021

Germany Cuts 2021 GDP Forecast by 25% Due to Soaring Energy Costs
One decade ago, in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, Germany’s Angela Merkel announced that the country would permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors...

A View from the Beach - The Election Post - Virginia Running Hot

Ace, Biden Stumbles into DC-Adjacent Virginia to Speak Incoherently to Sparse and Dejected Gathering. Althouse reads the NYT so you don't have to and laughs at the notion "As is often noted, the essence of the modern Republican Party has been boiled down to: Own the libs.

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 6: Via Christian Toto, Garrett Morris said about David Chappelle, "Relax, everybody, this is comedy. Everybody can be the butt of a joke. And why should it be that if we joke about you, it’s sacrilege?

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 10.29.21 (Evening Edition)

Transterrestrial Musings: COVID & Climate
Victory Girls: Consent No Longer Important To NYT, also, Pope Francis Calls Joe Biden A Good Catholic

Maggie's Farm - Hither and Yon and Here and There

Solid-State Batteries Rev Up Electric Cars, Boost Grid Storage
Not really a battery per se. It's a (super)capacitor. Supercapacitors are the only thing that will make electric cars really viable.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: True cost of Dems’ plans: $7.5 trillion and a lot of gimmicks

The Consequences of Fatherlessness: Fathers.com
Joe Biden is hopelessly out of touch with voters' priorities: Examiner
Anarchy Reigns in Democrat-Led Portland: Jarrett Stepman

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 10/29/2021

The Sheriff said, “Election law was not just broken — but shattered!”
Wisconsin Election Commission calls an emergency teleconference after the Sheriff’s press conference accuses them of a Class I felony in ignoring election law.

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 10/29/21

"'The thing I want to say to you is we got to take these motherf-ckers out but like, we can't say that right?' Cooper said."
Rutgers Professor Suggests She Wants to "Take Out" White People

I leave you with Thursday gidump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, A Skipism Wednesday Afternoon from Woodsterman, Friday funnies from Bluebird of Bitterness, and Friday Memes … from MaddMedic.

Homeowner Who Defended Himself Speaks Out

He probably should not have. 'This guy kind of forced me': New Orleans homeowner says he had to shoot suspected burglar dead.

Cops asked him not to say anything.

Law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said Cooper — who’s in the process of building a two-story addition to the back of his grand home — had previously been burglarized. He was at home with at least two relatives when the man he shot apparently jumped over the wrought-iron gate surrounding the house.

A possible confrontation and an actual shooting followed.

It is New Orleans, so the cops/DA are still hoping to charge the homeowner with something. The investigation continues.

That doesn't change the fact that self-defense is a human-right.

Because in Suburbia, Nothing Is More Important than the Lawn

Ernest Hemingway wrote about Oak Park, IL that they had "Broad lawns and narrow minds." I think that applies to most of suburbia. In standoff over unmown lawn, Texas man is shot to death

This all took place in Austin, TX, and not Austin the neighborhood in Chicago.

The confrontation began around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday when city code enforcement employees showed up with a warrant to perform lawn maintenance at a home in southwest Austin’s Circle C Ranch subdivision. The homeowner had been notified on Aug. 12 that he had a week to cut the foot-high grass and weeds; he had failed to do that.

That's when it all went bad. He started shooting at the people mowing the lawn. They called SWAT, and the SWAT team did what SWAT teams do.

All over a freaking lawn.

And I am shocked — Shocked! — that the Progressives in Austin, Texas have not realized that mowing the grass is an assault on Gaia. Instead, they have still embraced the idea that a mown lawn is not evil, but good.

If this had taken place in Florida, I would definitely be talking about Florida Man and Peak Florida. As it stands, it is just about the insanity of the world today.

‡ Oak Park, IL is a near-in suburb of Chicago. In fact it borders the neighborhood of Austin in Chicago, which is just to the east of Oak Park. I lived there for a number of years, but Austin was becoming a very dangerous place and crime was - at least to my way of thinking - spilling over into Oak Park. Well, that and it was freaking cold in the winter, so I left for Florida.


Today's song was originally an instrumental song performed by saxophonist Mike Sharpe. It charted in 1967. Lyrics were added in for the 1968 single by the group Classics IV, and vocalist Dennis Yost. It has become a Halloween favorite with the addition of the lyrics.

This isn't either of the versions listed above. The version by Atlanta Rhythm Section hit 17 on the Billboard charts, and charted overseas a bit.

This is "Spooky" by Atlanta Rhythm Section from their 1979 album Underdog.

A Cautionary Tale

The Other McCain reminds us of the old proverb. Fools and Their Money

DeKaylin Zecharius “DK” Metcalf is a 23-year-old wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, drafted in the second round out of Ole Miss in 2019, and the son of former Chicago Bears lineman Terry Metcalf. The younger Metcalf is also a fool.

An OnlyFans ‘model’ is in the mix. She is also acting a bit like a fool. Click thru.

29 October 2021

Friday Links - 29 October

Meep at STUMP starts us off with Remembering Vladimir Bukovsky, 1942 - 2019, Soviet Dissident. The Soviet Memory Project and 2 books by Bukovsky published after he was exiled to the West.

Lone Star Parson - Tanks. On holding the line.

Smitty - Scold Me Closer, Terry Dancer

(with apologies to Elton John)

Watts Up With That? Climate Change Contributes to Another Year of Record Crop Production in India

The Feral Irishman - Corporate Douchebags and more reasons why I hate people...

The Lid - DeBlasio Vax Mandate Poised to Gut The Number Of NYC’s First Responders Friday Night

Shot In The Dark - Let’s Go Brandon, You Logistics Whiz

Juvat at Chant du Départ - Big Week A picture of an F-15, details on the impending arrival of GC#1 and associated chores. Including rebuilding a table.

My Job? My job is to cook several meals and freeze them, then RTB and take care of the critters as well as any paying guests we may have at the guest house. Oh, and finish the table.

SiGraybeard - Dune

I recognized virtually every scene in the movie from the book and knew what the scene was about. All of the characters that are mentioned I can recall from the books, even those that have minor roles in the books.

Again from The Feral Irishman - Carl Sagan Wrote This In 1996..

Pirate's Cove - NY Times: Rising Prices Are Just So Inconvenient For Let’s Go Brandon’s Agenda

Da Tech Guy - Pennsylvania: The worst of the worst

Pennsylvania is one of the few states where judges run on a political ticket for 10-year terms. Over time, this formula has created one of the worst assemblies of jurists

The Other McCain - Hypocrite Terry McAuliffe Does Not Send His Kids to Virginia Public Schools

Battleswarm Blog - Homelessness is A Profit Center For The Democratic Party

Adaptive Curmudgeon - I Have Been Here Before

HeyJackass! - Scarecrow Policing Weekend

Again from The Other McCain - ‘Ain’t Going Back to Jail’

Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog - Excuses are easy to find

Cold Fury - Yes, Virginia, there IS a truck-driver shortage

And again from The Other McCain - ‘Jetpack Joe’ and the CNN Town Hall

View from the Porch - Monkeys Touching Guns Dancing monkeys, loaded weapons, and a death in New Mexico.

OldAFSarge at Chant du Départ - You Wanted BRRRRRRT! A-10 - a photo and a few videos.

Granite Grok - There’s a Reason I Call Them the Enemedia…

Bacon Time!!!! - Tragedy Shows Hollywood’s Gun Ignorance…….

Don Surber - DC DEMANDS A WAR IN (spins dial) HAITI!

Self-defense in The Big Easy

A confrontation over nothing. Self-defense investigated in shooting death at New Orleans convenience store

I guess it could be a robbery gone really wrong. In which case it would be a case of "Another failure of the victim-selection process."

Police are investigating whether the victim had “aggressively” approached a male driver after he pulled his car next to a fuel pump, the sources said. The driver shot the man then waited for first responders to arrive following a 911 call.

The shooter was not arrested. The investigation is continuing.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Portland Hits 1000 Shootings

And the woke remain woke in the face of reality. Eloi and Morlocks in Portlandia

And a nice reference to H.G. Well The Time Machine, which is sure to trigger the unhinged.

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the police defunding movement had taken Portland from 388 shootings in 2019 to over 1,000 this year. Murders in Rose City rose by 83% breaking its previous high score set in 1987. As the Black Lives Matter race riots got underway, Portland went from 23 shootings in March 2020 to 104 by July of that same year. By March 2021, there were 93 shootings. Gone were the pleasant days of 2019 when Portlanders might complain about 30 shootings. The summer of 2021 saw around 400 shootings: more than in all of 2019.

And even when their own children are in danger from shootouts in city parks, the woke remain wedded to the woke agenda.

But trapped in their woke fantasies, the city’s Eloi can’t come to terms with what’s happening.

Anyway, click thru to see the insanity, and the decline of Western Civilization.

Democrats and Fascism

Second City Cop at Chicago Contrarian. On Chicago: Lightfoot the Dictator.

"Shut up and do what we tell you," has become the official Democratic policy at all levels of government. Second City Cop concentrates on Chicago, though he starts with the larger issues.

Tom Wolfe once wrote: “The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.” It was an amusing way of pointing out how the lefties (Democrats) were always warning that totalitarian rule (Republicans) was only an election away from arriving on our shores. And here we are nine months into a Democrat “presidency” and there are totalitarians everywhere....at least everywhere in the blue cities and blue states where Democrats appear to be in charge.

Cops are refusing vaccine mandates ("My body, my choice?") as are others, but again, it is SCC.

Click thru for more. And he notes in passing that Chicago hit 700 murders for the year over the past weekend.

28 October 2021

Prosecutors Hate Self-defense

The Jury disagreed with the prosecution. 'You had to protect your family': Jury finds Kenneth Ray Smith not guilty

It took the jury 20 minutes to find the defendant NOT GUILTY of First Degree Murder, and not guilty of first degree manslaughter.

Smith spent the first eight months after his September 2020 arrest in the Creek County Jail, owing to a $1 million bond. Following a series of preliminary hearings where Fu accused prosecutors of withholding evidence, Smith’s bail was lowered and he was able to bond out in June.

Oh, what's that? Violating rules of evidence in order to get a "win?" Where does Justice fall in all of this.

What Do Police Shortages Truly Cost?

In places that experience lots of violent crime, the cost is in blood and lives. Wicker Park club owner says police were called twice over unruly crowd but never showed, minutes later 5 people were shot - Chicago Sun-Times

Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse. So what would you do if you called for police, and no one came?

Just before 3 a.m. Oct. 10, the staff at The Point called the police and asked for squad cars to clear the block in front of the Wicker Park club.

When no officers responded, the staff called again at 3:34 a.m., according to phone records provided by the club. Then, they shut down the bar.

10 minutes after that, the shooting started. Someone died.

Police officials wouldn’t comment.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but it might not be the cure for all situations that you hope it might be.

Baltimore State's Attorney's Office in Crisis

Baltimore Sun makes no mention of Mosby's non-prosecution policies. ‘We are reaching a crisis’: Mirroring national trends, Baltimore prosecutor’s office grapples with resignations, raises pay

Like other Soros-backed prosecutors, Marilyn Mosby instituted a set of policies that amount to the non-prosecution of crimes. It is all done in the name of social justice, which apparently has little to do with actual Justice.

And now prosecutors are resigning and retiring.

Resignations at the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby have left prosecutors such as Warren with crushing caseloads. The number of assistant state’s attorneys — the people who prosecute crimes in the city — has declined 24% over the past three years from 217 to 164, according to the office.

And shocker, the more experienced people are leaving. People who have a history of actually prosecuting crimes. The ones resigning, not retiring, are in some cases going to the suburbs, where crimes are actually still being prosecuted. In other cases they are leaving for private practice.

I don't think any of this will impact the people of Baltimore to vote for someone else. Social Justice is the thing. Nothing else matters. Or at least things will need to get much worse before anything matters.

27 October 2021

Officer Tyler Timmins

End of Watch. Police officer killed after approaching stolen vehicle at gas station, suspect in custody

Timmins was shot about 8 a.m. Tuesday on the parking lot of a Speedway gas station, at Highway 111 and Chain of Rocks Road. As the officer walked toward a vehicle he suspected had been stolen, a man began firing shots

Do You Doubt That Fauci Is a Monster?

He certainly funded monstrous research. Fauci funded researchers to infect, tie down beagles to be eaten alive by sandflies - Rebel News

In the experiments, which were performed at a North African laboratory, hungry sandflies feasted on still-living beagles whose heads were locked in mesh cages. The dogs reportedly had their vocal cords severed to prevent them from annoying “researchers.”

What purpose could this possibly serve? What did we learn from torturing beagles to death?

The White Coat Waste Project points out that the Food and Drug Administration does not require such drugs to be tested on dogs, and raises questions as to why such research was even needed in the first place.

More "questions from Congress." I don't expect anything to happen to Fauci. The worst thing that could happen is he retires, and collects his pension, and he gets some book deal, like "How Trump forced me to torture Beagles to death"

Wednesday Link Roundup - 27 October

A slightly late Roundup today; Better late than never.

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Other McCain ‘Jetpack Joe’ and the CNN Town Hall
Bustednuckles I’ll See Your Chip Shortage And Raise You An Aluminum Shortage

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Legal Insurrection notes lots of House Dems retiring ahead of the mid-terms
  2. Moonbattery delves deep into the Let’s Go Brandon meme

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 10.25.21

BattleSwarm: Joe Rogan & Michael Shellenberger Discuss When & Why San Francisco Turned Into A Shithole
Behind The Black: Today’s Blacklisted American

Political Hat - News of the Week (October 24th, 2021)

SCOTUS again upholds qualified immunity for police
The ongoing efforts by liberal activists to either defund or abolish the police have pumped fresh energy into a related topic. That would be the repeated calls to either weaken or curtail...

EBL - Elizabeth Tablish

The Chosen
Instapundit: The Third Season Is Nearing Launch
Crowd sourced extended series of the Life of Jesus. It's well written and acted.

Daley Gator - Your CCW News Update For Tuesday (10/26/21)

There will be more questions from lawmakers in Madison as to just what happened before and during last year’s election.

Battleswarm Blog - Fighting Critical Race Theory in Texas Schools

Critical Race Theory has been embedded in Austin ISD for almost half a decade under the guise of “ethnic studies.” “Administrators said teachers will cover everything from critical race theory, immigration versus colonization versus slavery to sexual orientation.”

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 10.26.21

Adam Piggott: The Physical & Spiritual Fight
American Conservative: Five Simple Reforms For The Next Republican Administration

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 12: 100% Fed Up reported, "Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe went off on the vaccine agenda on Dan Bongino’s show, calling it a fight for freedom."

A View from the Beach - The Morning Election Post

Ace wakes up, National School Board Association: Okay Maybe We Shouldn't Have Called Parents Domestic Terrorists. A long post, filled with goodies. PM, House GOP demand AG Garland retract his letter instructing FBI to investigate parents

Vlad Tepes - Major victory in Spain, government must refund Covid fines! Links 2, October 26, 2021

3. The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 variant A.30 is heavily mutated and evades vaccine-induced antibodies with high efficiency

Cafe Hayek - Some Non-Covid Links

Nick Gillespie talks with Garry Kasparov.
“Institutions Matter, But Not as Much as Neo-institutionalists Believe” – so argues Deirdre McCloskey.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 10/26/2021

The Mother of All Depressions is Coming by the End of 2021
Getting through the next depression is going to mean prepping for the long term. Three months’ worth of food won’t be enough, because the depression will last for years

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 10/25/21

"An Indiana State Police spokesman last week tweeted out: 'Hey Chicago police officers, we're hiring!'"
Indiana Invites Chicago Cops Facing Vaccine Mandate to Switch Departments

Maggie's Farm - DIY Links

Six big off-year elections you might be missing
There’s No ‘Supply-Chain Shortage,’ Or Inflation. There’s Just Central Planning

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 10/25/2021

Experts named by prosecutors said Thursday that an 18-year-old Italian student who died after getting the AstraZneca jab in a Genoa hospital last June died of a thrombosis caused by the vaccine.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: 'Tell Biden we are coming': New migrant caravan marches through Mexico to US border

Marc Elias: The Democrats' dark campaign master: Byron York
Legal Analysis: Alec Baldwin Situation Beginning to Look a Lot Like Manslaughter: LI

I leave you with Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Sunday Funnies, 10-24-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, and Monday Meme Overflow from Granite Grok.

How Is That Bail Reform Working Out?

The Left will also claim that they need more gun laws, which they also won't enforce. Man shot robbery victim while on probation for one gun case and on bail for another gun case, prosecutors say - CWB Chicago

Because keeping violent offenders in jail would be unfair.

Omari Whitaker doesn’t qualify for our list of people who are accused of shooting, killing, or trying to kill others while on felony bail because prosecutors only charged him with a misdemeanor for the pending gun case — even though it was the second time police allegedly caught him illegally carrying a gun within seven months.

So, Whitaker, 23, will have to settle for a “dishonorable mention.”

One felony gun crime, handled by probation. Another gun crime "reduced" to a misdemeanor. I wonder how they will treat this guy now that he shot (and nearly killed) someone.

Cops Behaving Badly — New South Wales Edition

I have found the collapse of liberty in Australia, and in particular the states of NSW and Victoria, to be engrossing, or maybe horrifying. And certainly a cautionary tale. Australia (and NSW is the largest state in that country) has collapsed from a Western Democracy into a totalitarian police state in a pretty short time-frame. I think we should all be interested in a concrete example of how quickly you can lose a democracy, but.

One of the media outlets shining a light on this is YouTuber friendlyjordies. As a result of his criticism of the NSW police and politicians, the powers-that-be have sicked the anti-terrorism squad on him. This has (from about 2 weeks ago) given him some video of that squad in action against an average Australian, for the serious crime of making fun of the police. Can't have that!

One set of rules for the police and the powerful, and another set of rules for everyone else. Head cops lying to Parliament. That doesn't sound like a police state, not too much anyway.

Note: I don't agree with everything that is published on the various media outlets that support this guy, and I don't expect you to either. But Right, Left, Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian, whatever... we should all be worried about the state's (and others) attempts to curtail free speech and punish all opposition to politicians and the police.

This is the video for NSW Police: Utterly Compromised.

The Real Folk Blues

Since Netflix announced its live-action version of the 1990s anime series Cowboy Bebop, I have been revisiting the music from the soundtrack. For the most part, it is quite good.

And if you are familiar with the phrase Kaubōi Bibappu, you are a serious fan of anime.

This is "The Real Folk Blues" by the Seatbelts featuring vocals by Mai Yamane (山根 麻衣). It was the ending theme to the anime Cowboy Bebop.

26 October 2021

The Gun-hating Left Will Only Count "Teens, Tragically Shot"

The fact that they were committing a felony, and that they were shot in self-defense won't impact their thinking. Fayetteville resident tells police he shot, killed 2 home intruders - ABC11 Raleigh-Durham

The preliminary investigation showed that the two teens were shot after forcing entry into the residence, police said.

One was 17 and one was 19. Old enough to know better.

Oh, and North Carolina is not New Jersey.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Your ISP Is Spying On You

Is anyone shocked? FTC: ISPs collect and monetize far more user data than you’d think

"The report identified several troubling data collection practices among several of the ISPs, including that they combine data across product lines; combine personal, app usage, and web browsing data to target ads; place consumers into sensitive categories such as by race and sexual orientation; and share real-time location data with third-parties," the FTC said.

As the FTC further discovered, the ISPs amass huge pools of sensitive consumer data and use it in ways their customers do not expect and could cause them harm, primarily when classifying them by demographic characteristics, including race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.

They note that ISPs have access to your complete "unencrypted" internet traffic. Which is why I use a VPN, and other privacy enhancing technologies.

Chicago PD Punts on Crime

Yeah, that should work. In a desperate bid to keep this year's murder count under 800, CPD brass plans to have hijacking, gang, and murder cops sit on street corners - CWB Chicago

Superintendent Brown has a "great" idea to save his job.

Under the plan, which one commander hoped would be “changed, modified, or rescinded,” all officers assigned to the detective division, including gang investigators, vehicular hijacking investigators, and video evidence specialists, will be required to wear their uniforms and “sit in a box” between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Sitting in a “box” is CPD slang for being assigned to sit in a car at a fixed position in a high-crime area. It’s also known as “scarecrow policing.”

This isn't the latest and greatest strategy. This is a desperate measure by a guy who is probably thinking he's going to get the ax.

Among the cops who will be tossed onto the streets under the plan are officers assigned to CPD’s “Area Technology Centers.” Just two years ago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that all of the city’s detective divisions had been outfitted with ATCs.

I haven't heard much about "Defund the Police Lately." I'm sure that will come back in the new year. (Hat tip to HeyJackass!)

25 October 2021

Krähen der Nacht

We haven't had any Neue Deutsche Härte in quite some time. So since Stahlmann is releasing a new album on November 19th, I thought I should correct that. And while it is a bit early for Halloween, having this video today is better than waiting until after the fact.

"Krähen der Nacht" translates to "Crows of the Night" in English.

You can find the lyrics and their translation at this link.

This is "Krähen der Nacht" by Stahlmann from their November 2021 album Quarz.

Rammstein seems to be the only Neue Deutsche Härte group that people are aware of, and they are certainly good, but there is an entire genre of music, if you can stand the German lyrics, which I know makes Americans' heads explode.

Can You Gaslight an Entire State about a Politician?

Apparently you can, if you are a major media outlet with a near-monopoly in a state.

The media in Australia manages to be even more absurd than the media in the USA. And there are plenty of people ready to point out the absurdity. Case in point, friendlyjordies.

The former premiere of the state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, stepped down ahead of an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation. It seems a lot of people don't understand why. (It's only government corruption, after all.) They don't understand why because the "news" never reported the news.

There's a reason that everyone liked Gladys, and that is that you never saw the real Gladys. You saw a fictional character that the press fan-fictioned.

This is where I recite one of my favorite aphorisms. "Everyone is lying to you." The media. The government. The schools. The politicians. The cops. Everyone. Is. Lying. To. You.

More on the press. What they emphasize, what they hide, and more.

This is the friendlyjordies video for the Cult of Gladys Berejiklian

Soft on Crime: Part 2

After man is stabbed 5 times outside Union Station, the alleged attacker is only charged with one misdemeanor - CWB Chicago

Because actually charging a guy, who has a HISTORY of attacking people, with a felony when he commits felony-grade-assualt would be mean.

A man who has a history of attacking passers-by and transit workers allegedly stabbed a 66-year-old man five times near Union Station late last month. But he is only charged with one count of misdemeanor battery, even though a CPD report says the victim wanted to pursue felony charges.

But actually stabbing someone 5 times is only worth a misdemeanor charge to the non-prosecutors under Cook County State's Attorney Kix Foxx, also known as Crimesha.

Click thru for the sad details, including two other cases, of what to me is clearly felony assault, that resulted in only midemeanor charges.

Soft on Crime: Part 1

What happens when prosecutors decide to become non-prosecutors? Prosecutors dropped felony drug cases against him 4 times since November, now he's charged with attempted murder - CWB Chicago

Between last Thanksgiving and June 29, Chicago police arrested Johnny Allen four times for allegedly selling drugs in a West Side neighborhood. Prosecutors dropped the charges every time. Now, Allen is charged with attempted murder after reportedly shooting a man in the same neighborhood for refusing to declare a gang allegiance.

Actually charging him with a felony would be mean. Or something.

Someone Who Can Actually Reference Plato?

Or Socartes, but Plato did all the writing. “And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good – need we anyone to tell us these things?”. (Wombat-socho at The Other McCain.)

Well, yes, Socrates, in this decadent and depraved age we do indeed need people to point out what is good, because Our Moral SuperiorsTM have spent the last couple of decades trying to sell us polished turds masquerading as good literature. This is especially evident in science fiction, where the once-prestigious Hugo Awards have been reduced to nothing more than a feeble marketing device for Tor Books’ parade of Pink Goo writers.

This deals with a regrettable list of SciFi books, that seems to ignore a whole bunch of people.

Anyway, click thru.

24 October 2021

Volcanic Eruption on La Palma

The eruption seems to be intensifying. La Palma volcano update: eruption intensifies, new lava flow to the south

At least 4 active vents have been generating violent pulses of lava fountains with ash columns rising to approx. 3 km, as well feeding both surface lava flows directly from the vents as well as fueling the hidden-from-view lava tubes that transport most of the lava to active areas of the flow field downslope.

The number of earthquakes has increased.

There are some great photos at the site above, as I write this, the video from the live webcam (below) is amazing.

This is the live camera on the volcano Cumbre Vieja on La Palma.

Female Athlete Beheaded in Afghanistan

Left here without comment. Taliban beheaded Afghanistan volleyball player: coach

An Afghan volleyball player on the girls’ national team was beheaded by the Taliban — with gruesome photos of her severed head posted on social media, according to her coach.

He Was Pissed that He Couldn't Drink More

I'm not sure if this headline indicates confusion on someone's part. Shooting death of Vermont man ruled homicide; no charges filed

Confusion about the following: Homicide is not a crime; murder is a crime. It sounds like this might be a case of Justified Homicide.

The clerk at a convenience store refused to sell him alcohol because he was already drunk, or "deemed too intoxicated." He started a fight with the clerk, and a customer intervened.

He apparently followed the customer home.

At approximately 7:20 p.m., Chaplin arrived at Johnson's home, approximately five miles north of the convenience store.

Authorities said an "altercation" began outside the residence during which Johnson shot a handgun, striking Chaplin in the arm and chest. Chaplin was brought to Copley Hospital in Morrisville, where he was pronounced dead.

All because he didn't know when to say "when," or he could have gone home and gotten some sleep. Instead, he had to prove how tough he was. I don't think he expected to come out on the short end of that stick. I would like to say that a 27-year-old should know better, but really there are whole generations who have never heard the word "No" in their entire life, so of course they respond poorly when they don't get their way. A temper tantrum at 2 is annoying. At 27...

The investigation is ongoing; self-defense is a human-right.

Are the People in San Francisco Waking Up?

I doubt it will impact the way they vote on issues. Letters: Watching S.F. shoplifting gangs in action is scary. California's Prop. 47 is an invitation to loot

The clerk told me it happens all the time, and he doesn’t call the cops because if they came — and probably they would not — the thieves would be long gone. This was the second time I’ve seen a group shoplifting in a Walgreens. The first time, the security guard tried to verbally detain them. Security guards are not allowed to touch anyone. In the argument that followed, I was afraid he’d be shot.

Proposition 47 says that shoplifting of less than $950 is not a felony. And so shoplifting has become an empidemic. It isn't a problem limited to San Francisco or California.

So the good people of California, in an effort to signal how Socially Justice Aware they are, have unleashed a problem on retail everywhere in the state, but most notably in the cities. I expect that very soon, there will be no products available in a store. You will ask for what you want, and they will retrieve it for you. Once you pay, they will hand it to you. It reminds me of the "warnings" about "known to the state of California to cause cancer" lables that are on virtually EVERY product you buy. It sounds good to provide a warning, but it is insanity when every product conatins that warning.

Nature is Unforgiving

You think a nice walk in the wilderness will be good for your soul. It will, but it isn't a walk in the park. You should plan accordingly, and you should NOT assume that you you know how much you need in the way of supplies. Ask someone who knows. California family died from heat and dehydration on Sierra National Forest hike, officials say

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said at a news conference that investigators considered environmental and other factors before they determined that exposure to the elements killed the family of three. Briese said the cause of death was "hyperthermia and probable dehydration."

They were hiking in August in an area that was experiencing "triple digit" temps. They had a water-blader that could contain 85 ounces of water; it was empty. This was for 3 people and a dog. I wouldn't have guaged that as enough water for one person under those circumstances. And probably more for the dog as they have trouble in high heat.

Actually I probably wouldn't have gone on this hike under those conditions, even when I was in my 30s, and I definitely would not have taken the dog.

The family was found in an area known as Devil’s Gulch in the South Fork of the Merced River in August after a friend reported them as missing. Briese said at the time that there was no obvious cause of death and that the area had unreliable cell reception.

Do you know how you can communicate in the event of an emergency, and you don't have cell reception? Or can you not imagine circumstances in which your cellphone wouldn't work?

This is surely a tragedy. It proves that what you don't know can kill you.

23 October 2021

A Daley Gator Musical Interlude

Disturbed seems like a good choice. Gotta Song For Ya…

Click thru for "Stricken" from the 2005 album Ten Thousand Fists.


The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
    — Albert Einstein

Alec Baldwin: Union Crew Quit Before “Accident”

A Low-budget film was using people who were not in the industry. Are you surprised that something went wrong? UPDATE: Union Crew Walked Off Alec Baldwin Film Set Before Fatal Shooting

Of course if Baldwin had not pointed a gun at another person...

The union crew had walked off the set to protest working conditions.

Baldwin was Executive Producer on this “low budget” film, so that he bears responsibility for conditions on the set. They were cutting corners to save money, so they brought in scabs to replace the union members on the crew, and this accidental shooting was the direct result.

It happened not because they lack a union membership. It happened because they didn't know what the F— they were doing. Film-making in American is pretty much a union gig, so there's that.

How much do you want to bet, that the collection of college film students they got to fill in for the now-absent union members had never handled firearms in their lives?

And in the Irony is not dead category. Violence Against Women Update:

The fact that Alec Baldwin, an outspoken opponent of Second Amendment rights, shot and killed a woman is also deeply ironic. Make of that what you will.

Of course since Mr. Baldwin is such a staunch supporter of the Left, nothing will come of this. He will not be held responsible for the negligent discharge. (Santa Fe is really an outpost of Southern California.)

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 23 October

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain starts things rolling with In The Mailbox: 10.20.21

First Street Journal: California Wants To Close Traditional Power Plants Due To #Climate Emergency, also, Irony Is So Ironic
Gates Of Vienna: The Smuggling Of Migrants Through Belarus

EBL - Brian Laundrie Found? 🐊🐔

CBS News: Human remains found near Brian Laundrie belongings
Not confirmed yet, but likely. Alligators got to eat too...

The Right Way - Top of the News

Your Communist bull shit of the day - The Daley Gator
The DOJ has finally disgorged some exculpatory evidence about January 6 - IOTW Report

Political Hat - Quick Takes – The Woke War On Teachers: Terminating Whistle-blowers; Purging Dissenters; Unions Against Dissidents

Speak out about hateful racial indoctrination and our “vaunted” system of education will squash you.
Dissent as a private citizen outside of school, and you too could be purged.

Battleswarm Blog - LinkSwarm for October 22, 2021

Senate Republicans successfully filibuster Democrats’ voting fraud bill. (Hat tip: Director Blue.)
Evidently Commie Girl isn’t a popular choice to be Comptroller of the Currency.

Flopping Aces - The Week in Radical Leftism, 10/22/21

10/15 – Ecowarrior Bill Gates Arrives by Helicopter
Remember, serfs, the sacrifices needed to avert Climastrology’s apocalyptic teachings will be made by us, not our moral and intellectual superiors

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: Merrick Makes a Stand

Elle Reynolds at Da Fed wonders When Did Sexual Assault In Schools Become A Partisan Issue?. When Republican used it against Democrats. As the NYPo notes Democrats aim to make anyone who disagrees with them an enemy of the state

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 10.21.21

Cafe Hayek: JP Sears Continues – Thankfully – To Speak Out
CDR Salamander: Culture, Competition, & Conflict
Da Tech Guy: Just Desserts…And The Fingers In The Pie, Under The Fedora

Vlad Tepes - Heaping evidence that the vaxx does nothing, or makes it all worse: Links 1, October 21, 2021

1. There is no new axe.
2. NIH Admits Funding Gain-Of-Function COVID Experiments; Gives EcoHealth Five Days To Report Data

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 10/21/2021

British MPs Face Significant Terrorism Threat
British MPs face a significant danger of being the target of terrorist attacks. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Wednesday

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 9: A Politico/Morning Consult showed 62% of registered voters hold the Biden administration responsible for the 13-year high in inflation.

Cafe Hayek - Some Covid Links

Jacob Sullum wonders when encouraging trends in Covid test results will be reflected in CDC advice.

Once again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 10.22.21

Transterrestrial Musings: The Mess In LA & Long Beach Harbors, also, Jab Mandates For Cops
Victory Girls: Sleepy Joe’s CNN Town Hall In Baltimore Bombs

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

Speaking of racists like Jefferson, apparently St. RBG was one too.
McAuliffe sweats: My comments about parents not telling schools what to teach are being taken "out of context"

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: The Rape of America’s Borders

Alarming Wage Report Not Being Discussed in Financial Media: CTH
A View From Inside the Global Warming Scam: Stephen McIntyre

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 10/21/2021

White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11.
A Florida judge on Tuesday rejected the latest petition asking that a hospital be ordered to administer ivermectin to a woman extremely ill with COVID-19.

Misanthropic Humanitarian at Ace of Spades HQ - The Seftonless Morning Report - Thursday October 21, 2021

A Harvard education is a requirement to run genocide camps in China.
They can clamor for police defunding. But, they enjoy spending money on their own protection.

I leave you with Thursday Memes … from MaddMedic, Thursday gifdump from Wirecutter, Cartoon Round Up.... from Theo Spark, and My Libturd Warehouse is Overflowing ~ 3 from Woodsterman.

In Fear for Himself, and His Customers

He shot the guy who was threatening everyone. UPDATE: Clerk shoots protecting Circle K on Forrest Rd.

[Columbus Police Department Chief of Staff, Katina] Williams says [the guy who got shot] was both physically and verbally aggressive with customers and the clerk. The clerk shot him in the shoulder stating that he feared for the lives of the customers and himself.

Cops found him lying in the grass outside the store. He is in critical condition in a local hospital, and has not yet been charged. A gunshot wound to the shoulder isn't like it is in the movies.

Police describe the guy who got shot as the "primary aggressor," and since this took place in Georgia, and not New Jersey, I do not expect that they will charge the clerk.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

The Global Police State Is Here

Are we surprised? From the Guardian... Has Interpol become the long arm of oppressive regimes?

Once used in the hunt for fugitive criminals, the global police agency’s most-wanted ‘red notice’ list now includes political refugees and dissidents

Russia is behind it, mostly.

According to the US rights organisation Freedom House, Russia is responsible for 38% of all public red notices.

Far from indicating that Kharis had committed a crime, Bromund wrote later in his testimony, the notice “proves only that the Russian Federation filled out the appropriate Interpol form”.

Because that is how bureaucracies work. Fill out the right form, and they will ruin someone's life.

Flight Over Rio

I mentioned in a previous post that I have been revisiting some of the Jazz Fusion I listened to back in the day. And then watching an unrelated Rick Beato video a while back (on all of his guitars) the name of Al Di Meola was mentioned, and the album Elegant Gypsy. And so here we are.

Al Di Meola was a member of Return to Forever (Chick Corea's Fusion band) and did some solo work.

I don't really remember this album from my youth. I am fairly sure one of my friends had a copy of his live album, Friday Night in San Francisco, because I heard a lot of it.

This is "Flight Over Rio" by Al Di Meola from his 1977 album Elegant Gypsy. Today's song is about 7 minutes long, so grab a coffee and enjoy.

If you are a guitarist, whether or not you are in the market for a new guitar, Rick Beato has 3 videos on his Rick Beato 2 channel that go over all the guitars currently in his collection. The videos cover the differences in tone, and why he has so many. Dave Onorato, guitarist and luthier, joins Rick, because he did most/all of the work on any of the guitars.

  1. How Many Are "Too Many" Guitars?
  2. Checking Out MORE of My Guitars w/ Dave
  3. The Last of My Guitar Collection! ...The End?

22 October 2021

The FDA Wants to Vaccinate 5-11 Year-olds

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain has some advice for everyone. Just Say No.

This notion is just absolutely unscientific. We’ve known for a long time that the chances of kids in that age bracket getting the coof and being seriously affected by it are slim and none, so what’s the point? A cynical sod like me might think this is a way for the Democrats to shovel more of your tax dollars to their Big Pharma donors, but you’re all adults, and you can connect your own dots.

There is a link to the FDA site where you can comment. Keep it civil. (Image stolen from Wombat-socho)

Blog Statistics

A ray of hope?

For a long time I have been trying to get people to stop using Google as a search engine, and start using anything else. I use DuckDuckGo because they do not track your every move on the internet. But there are other choices as well.

While glancing at the stats for the Blog earlier, I noticed that both DuckDuckGo and Bing were higher than Google on the referral list. Now that could just mean that Google has stopped referring people to this blog. I do say disparaging things about them from time to time, and I put forward views that do not line up with the tyrannical views of Big Tech.

What I hope is happening is that people are finally awake to the fact that Google is no longer a good search engine. Google doesn't give you unbiased answers to your questions, it gives you the woke answers to your question. They have been doing that for years.

Consider a Google search for "white american inventors" if you have doubts. A screen grab of the Images tab is below. The basic search returned "Steve Jobs" and "Temple Grandin" as the 2 people featured at the top of the page. Edison? William Shockley? (He and his team developed the transistor, which made computers and smartphones possible), Percy Spencer (generally credited with inventing the microwave oven) and more... But Google doesn't care about any of them.

Friday Links - 22 October

A Geek With Guns - Gun Control Continues to Fail

The New Neo - Condi Rice on CRT

Da Tech Guy - Moms for America tells Biden’s Department of Justice where to stick their intimidation

The Daley Gator - Remember kids, when the left no longer needs you…………

Battleswarm Blog - Democrats to Cops in 2020: You’re Evil Racists And We Want To Defund You! Democrats to Cops in 2021: We Need You To Enforce Vaccine Mandates. Cops to Democrats: Get Stuffed!

Crime Research Org - ABC’s The Rookie demonizing 223 rounds, falsely claiming they are used by snipers

News Busters - Nets Censor Devastating Poll Numbers for Collapsing Biden Presidency

Ace of Spades HQ - Marine Vet Single-Handedly Disarms a Gun-Wielding Soy Robber and Sends His Confederates Running In Abject Terror

The Other McCain - The Buckhead Lamborghini Murder

Flopping Aces - Do Black Lives Really Matter? It Depends on Who You Ask… Murders in the black community, and more.

Again from The Other McCain - McAuliffe Campaign Implosion Continues

Pirate's Cove - Chinese Coronavirus Mandates: Parents Protest, Cops Say Nope

Granite Grok - So When You Are Told You Can’t Observe Your Child’s Classroom – Tell’em to ESSA off!

Bottom line: Yes, you can and Federal Law mandates that you can.

Busted Knuckles - Ya Think So Do Ya? On Google's insistance on 2-factor authentication.

Jews Can Shoot - The 1619 Project Comes for the Second Amendment

Diogenes Middle Finger - Relax, We Got This...... Supply chain woes caused by Democratic policies and laws.

HeyJackass! has the stats on last weekend in Chicago. Mostly Peaceful Weekend

With the lead flying at a level not seen since mid-90s, the best course of action the dimwitted Non-Essentials can come up with is to berate and threaten police, fire and EMT personnel with a no-pay status. sCiENcE!

Again from Battlewarm Blog - Colin Powell, RIP

Again from The Daley Gator - Washington State Trooper to Governor Inslee “Kiss my ass”

Stately McDaniel Manor - School Attacks, 2021: #8

Again from Pirate's Cove - Good News: Antarctica’s Coldest Weather On Record Doesn’t Disprove Hotcoldwetdry

Lone Star Parson - Archbishop Vigano Calls It

Again from The Other McCain - ‘Containergeddon’: California Emissions Law Caused the Supply Chain Crisis

And again from The Other McCain - Nothing says "privilege" like stocking shelves and working the checkout at a major retailer. Walmart Workers = ‘White Privilege’?

You might think that hourly wage employees stocking shelves at Walmart would be the antithesis of “privilege,” racial or otherwise, but that just shows what an unenlightened racist you are

Again from Busted Knuckles - I Love The Smell Of Desperation In The Morning

Treasury official warns that, unless every single person on Earth is vaccinated, inflation will not stop.

The Post Millennial - Chicago art institute fires all of its volunteer museum guides because most were wealthy white women: report

And again from The Post Millennial - BUSTED: Biden caught maskless inside upscale DC restaurant in violation of indoor mask mandate

Once more from Pirate's Cove - Bummer: Corporate Sponsors Complaining About COP26 Mismanagement

Weasel Zippers - Iranian Mass Murderer To Attend Climate Change Conference…

Tam at The Arms Room - Sunday, Savage Sunday #3...

Adam Piggott - Covid Refugees People are looking to get out of Australia.

American Thinker - Are Our Systems Failing? Atlas Shrugged...

a future world in which proliferating regulations and restrictions progressively rob the world's most productive people of the fruits of their labor.

Chicago Contrarian - To What Length Will Chicago’s Fawning Media Go to Protect Kim Foxx? Fox is the non-prosecutor for Cook County (and Chicago).

Legal Insurrection - Horrified Loudoun County Parents Tell School Board: Fire Superintendent Immediately Superintendent Ziegler had apparently covered up a sexual assault.

The alleged perpetrator was transferred to a different county high school and is alleged to have committed another sexual assault last week at his new school.

Vlad Tepes - UK Funeral director, John O’Looney on surplus deaths and how the ‘vaccine’ roll out affects the funeral business