20 May 2022

Disney Seems Determined to Destroy the Marvel Franchise

The folks at Disney are focused on one thing, as Critical Drinker says, "The Message™." Good writing, story telling, characters that are not cut outs of the generic "Strong Female Character." And I LOVE stories with strong female characters. But the Disney and the MCU don't seem to know how to write those characters.

Of course you could say that Amazon is doing even worse stuff to Lord of the Rings. Actually I think that they are truly in a race to the bottom.

Did anyone in Hollywood pay attention to the flop that occured when they tried to retcon/gender-switch the original Ghost Busters from a few years ago? Apparently not.

Ultimately the memeing potential of a show like this is probably going to launch a 1000 shit-posting accounts.

And as Critical Drinker points out in the video, why bother to come up with new superheros with new origin stories and powers, when you can just piss all over the intellectual property and gender swap all the superheroes from the past? That's a lot less work.

This is Critical Drinker's video for She-Hulk: Attorney At Law - LOL, Nope!

Friday Links - 20 May

The Other McCain starts things moving with A Deadly Hate Crime That Liberals Probably Can’t Blame on Tucker Carlson

This reminds me of how anti-Semitic and anti-Asian hate crimes were spiking a few months ago, but because the perpetrators were black, liberals didn’t want to talk about the problem. You eventually must realize that Democrats only want to talk about “hate” when it can be used as a way to scapegoat Republicans. Certainly they don’t want to talk about violent crime as an issue, considering how crime is out of control in the very places where Democrats have the most political power.

19th Ward Chicago - The War on Cops presented by Kass and Mac Donald

The city of Chicago is being consumed by violence, anarchy, chaos, and lawlessness. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her allies on the left are in a panic. They released the furies by emboldening the lawlessness, after demoralizing the police, and by re-endorsing Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. [SNIP]

At the famous “Bean,” at Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue –once a celebrated and civilized meeting place for tourists and all Chicagoans—has become the place where street gangs shoot at random into crowds and people die. So much for tourism. So much for Lightfoot’s Summer of Joy.

Freedom Rock Radio - Bill Maher slams Disinformation Governance Board. The was before the "pause."

Maher then referenced the Obamacare promise to Americans from former President Obama.

“Well, you could have said that about ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,’” Maher suggested, recalling Obama’s vow that was proclaimed “Lie of the Year” by PolitiFact in 2013.

The Gateway Pundit - TWITTER FACING FINANCIAL NIGHTMARE – Must Prove It Didn’t Lie in SEC Filings About Bots Only 5% – Elon Musk Is Waiting – Newsweek Reports Biden Account Made Up of 50% Bots. Elon may not have to buy Twitter force change.

[Twitter] is facing potentially devastating lawsuits for claiming less than 5% of its users were fake or bots in its filings with the SEC. To report lies to the SEC is enough to take down any company and cause it to go bankrupt. If investors make decisions based on a company’s financials, which they do, if found to be false, a company could be taken out.

Pirate's Cove - Your Fault: Ocean Currents Speeding Up From Hotcoldwetdry

Wait, didn’t they tell us that the ocean currents were all slowing down? I mean, like, just tell us this, and that it would lead to an ice age like in the movie The Day After Tomorrow?

The Last Tradition - Biden had time to visit Buffalo but he had no time to visit Waukesha Wisconsin

Joe Biden has a boatload of racially insensitive comments throughout his career in politics. He didn't have the time to visit Waukesha Wisconsin after a black assailment killed 6 White people, injuring 61! So his visit to Buffalo was all about naked politics to keep Blacks voting Democrat.

The Post Millennial - Western University deletes pro-LGBTQ post depicting women in hijabs following backlash from Muslim community

An image posted to Instagram by Western University depicting two women in hijabs about to kiss was deleted after being deemed "inappropriate" by the Muslim community.

On Tuesday, social media was flooded with posts marking "International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia," also known as "IDAHOTB."

Again from The Other McCain - Why Don’t We Trust the ‘Experts’?

The case of Anthony Fauci and COVID-19 illustrates my point that what Nichols calls The Death of Expertise is mostly a case of suicide — that is to say, the “experts” have discredited themselves, on issue after issue, in controversy after controversy, so that if people no long trust the “experts,” it is the experts, not the people, who are to blame.

Again from The Post Millennial - BREAKING: Biden admin to 'pause' Disinformation Governance Board after backlash

The Babylon Bee - Surprising Study Reveals Half Of Joe Biden's Twitter Followers Are Real. This joke literally wrote itself.

A recent study has audited Joe Biden's Twitter followers to determine whether or not they are in fact real followers. The results have left the world stunned as everyone discovered half of his followers are somehow real people.

The Gates of Vienna - How Dare You Criticize My Hijab!

A Swedish father is in trouble with the law for complaining that Muslim teachers at his daughter’s school are fully veiled while teaching in the classroom. His views are considered unacceptable in Sweden, and he is being prosecuted for his “hate speech”.

Again from The Other McCain - Bedlam in Bellingham

None of this would have come to my attention, were it not for the fact that school board member Mason decided to invite students to her shop!

And again from The Other McCain - Not His Lucky Day. He was accused of murder, but relased on bail, on Friday.

Friday the 13th, that is. Talk about your ominous coincidences . . .

By Saturday morning, Felton had been shot dead.

Police have not yet identified any suspects in Felton’s slaying, but as my brother Kirby says, “Karma has a Glock.”

Uber Will of Course Fire Her for Defending Herself

How dare she defend herself from a maniac! That is against Uber policy! Atlanta 911 call in driver shooting man who followed her

He tried to block her from exiting a parking lot after she dropped off her passenger. Then he followed her, and tried to force her off the road, eventually totaling her vehicle.

The call captures her panic after she's run off the road and in a confrontation with the man, telling him "you're not a f******* police officer!" and a "maniac" before the gunshots can be heard.

According to police, the man is facing charges including aggravated assault and impersonating an officer. The incident occurred earlier this week in Buckhead.

Buckhead being one of the nicest neighborhoods in Atlanta. Well, it is probably the nicest that I know of, anyway.

Uber put out a generic statement that the driver is not allowed to drive while the police investigate. But really, Uber's policy - being the good, woke, California company that they are - does not allow its drivers to be armed. So they would have preferred that this woman be defenseless, and so raped or murdered or whatever this maniac had in mind.

She should have depended entirely on the State for her protection, even though the state was not able to provide protection in this instance. Anything less is not progressive enough for Uber!

He Was Going to Speak Harshly to Them

You're doing it wrong. Video shows suspected car burglars shoot at Tennessee homeowner

I get that you are upset. I get that you want to tell them to go away. Embracing that almost got this guy killed.

A homeowner was shot on his porch just before 5 a.m. after going outside to confront people who appeared to be burglarizing cars, and the violent exchange was caught on camera.

The guy who got shot was hit in the neck and shoulder. He could have been shot in the head. He could have bled to death waiting for EMS. This was not a life-or-death situation. This was about stuff.

If you read this blog you know that I am all about self-defense. But I am also about being smart, and sometimes the smart thing to do is call 911 and let the cops deal with it.

The victim was reported to be in critical, but stable, condition

Pick your battles. Some things are worth fighting and dying for. Some things are not. (And it doesn't appear this homeowner was ready to fight in any case.)

How Do You Spell Corruption?

What's $850K between family? A Black Lives Matter cofounder used $840,000 of the group's funds to pay her brother for 'security services'

A cofounder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation used donated funds to pay her brother $840,000 for "professional security services," according to tax documents filed with the IRS.

The filing showed that Patrisse Cullors, the organization's one-time executive director, paid the sum to Cullors Protection, a company owned by her brother Paul Cullors. [SNIP]

According to the tax filing, the organization also paid more than $969,000 for live-event, design, and media production to Trap Heals LLC, a company founded by Damon Turner, who fathered a child with Patrisse Cullors.

I'm sure they did some things their donors meant to support, but it seems like some family members got rich along the way.

If I remember correctly, when Daley the Younger was mayor of Chicago, his brother in law, or 2nd cousin, or some relation was put in charge of either the Fire Department or Police Pensions. Maybe both. They lost a ton of equity, but the Daley relative made a sweet salary for those few years. Things never change.

Vangelis — 29 March 1943 to 17 May 2022

Do people know who Vagelis was? Vangelis, composer for ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ dead at 79

Born in Greece, Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou became more well known to the world as Vangelis. He went on to create the scores for “Antarctica,” “The Bounty” and “Alexander.”

But the “Chariots” theme song, which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, became his most famous work and won him an Oscar in 1982.

Besides Chariots of Fire, and Blade Runner, he was involved with the score of the 1984 movie Bounty with Mil Gibson as Fletcher Christian and Anthony Hopkins as William Bligh. And a bunch of stuff I've never heard of. Here's a link to IMDB.

I imagine that most people, if they include a song, will use the theme from Chariots of Fire, but I heard so much of it in the 80s, I am still tired of it.

This is "Love Theme" from the movie Blade Runner.

19 May 2022

Global Warming Versus Weather

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What happens when the weather doesn't line up with predictions. Global Warming Was Going to Destroy Skiing, Then the Snow Fell - Daniel Greenfield / Sultan Knish articles

Even as activists and resort owners were crying to the media that the entire skiing industry was about to disappear because there would be no more snow, it snowed for the first 9 out of 10 weeks of the year. That was the most starting snow that there had been in 63 years.

Denver matched a record for cold in Februrary that hasn't been seen since 1899. Then in March it matched record not seen since 1932.

It’s almost as if some higher power has made a point of mocking doomsday predictions by climate pagans who think the weather can be changed by raising taxes and driving Teslas.

Coal miners versus resort owners. (Guess which group has more pull in politics.) Realtors worried about the million dollar homes in Vail losing value.

The Left wants to economically destroy some of the poorest parts of the country in Appalachia to protect some of the wealthiest, like Vail and Aspen, from a crisis that isn’t even real.

Now that’s actual class warfare.

There is a lot more. Click thru.

Tesla Hack Enables the Stealing of Cars

When did it become a bother to use a key? Hackers can steal your Tesla Model 3, Y using new Bluetooth attack

Mechanical keys have their problems, but Bluetooth has mostly been a security disaster from the outset.

Security researchers at the NCC Group have developed a tool to carry out a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) relay attack that bypasses all existing protections to authenticate on target devices.

BLE technology is used in a wide spectrum of products, from electronics like laptops, mobile phones, smart locks, and building access control systems to cars like Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.

And of course Tesla uses Bluetooth Low Energy as a the basis for an "entry system." Locks are an antiquated technology, beneath the view of Tesla engineers. They don't design locks. They design Entry Systems™.

Tesla is not the only company to have this particular fault. Kwikset brand's line of Kevo "smart locks" can also be overridden. And probably a whole bunch of other stuff that uses the same tech.

Here is the icing on the proverbial cake.

The Bluetooth Core Specification warns device makers about relay attacks and notes that proximity-based authentication shouldn’t be used for valuable assets.

I would say that securing my home and my car are two "valuable assets" and a higher grade of security is warranted. But hey, I'm not a Tesla Motors engineer.

This proves once again that engineers don't read specifications before blindly heading out to build something they think will be neato using the latest bit of tech they saw in their favorite magazine or saw on their favorite website or whatever. (It's the tech all the cool kids are using!)

Church Attack - Hate Crime Against Taiwanese

And he certainly seems to have some socialist leanings. Authorities: Hate against Taiwanese led to church attack

His family was expelled from Taiwan to the mainland. That is when it appears that his hate began, or possibly it began while he was living in Taiwan.

As for the Socialism he wanted.

He was angry that the government didn’t provide comfort in his retirement, and he may have been homeless.

And so of course it is the fault of those evil capitalist Taiwanese that he is in the state he finds himself. He isn't responsible. (The Democrats said so!) No one is responsible for their own circumstances. That would be just crazy talk.</sarcasm>

Of course there is the "he had mental problems" defense. That is all the rage today. (Several terrorist attacks in Germany recently are blamed on mentally-unstable Muslim extremists.) Maybe he had mental problems. If he did, I'm sure he would have found a way to do something, like the guy in Waukesha, Wisconsin who drove his SUV through a parade. Evil people will do evil stuff.

A Gator at a Florida School

Not the kind of Gator that hails from a well-known university and plays football. 6-foot alligator strategically places itself outside cafeteria door at Florida school

Mostly because I haven't had many (any?) alligator stories this spring...

A hungry alligator shamelessly stationed itself outside the cafeteria door of Florida elementary school, forcing police to hogtie the reptile and drag it away, video shows.

This is a story I tripped over while looking for something else. Hardly worth getting worked up about.

A 6-foot alligator is on the small side by Florida standards. On average, the species grows to 13 feet and 800 pounds in the state, according to the Key West Aquarium. The largest found was 17 feet 5 inches, and it was living in the Everglades National Park, the aquarium reports.

They released the gator into a canal a "short distance" from the school. Probably far enough to discourage its return, but maybe not. If you're in Florida, there are gators in the fresh water. (And in some brackish water as well.) Sharks are in the saltwater, just off-shore, and crocodiles are in the salt water in the extreme southern Everglades. (I always stayed in the boat.)

The image above is not related to this story; it is a generic alligator picture I keep for just such occasions. Click the link above for a photo of the alligator in question.

Armed Self-defense — South African Edition

Glenvista is just south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Suspect killed in Glenvista attempted armed robbery

They suffered a failure of the Victim-selection Process.

One suspect was shot and later died in what appears to be an attempted armed robbery last night, May 13 in Glenvista.

Francois Jansen, operation director for Fox Security said a resident shot one of the four armed robbers after they tried to rob him and his family on The Dome Street.

Three others escaped. I read that as, they ran like rabbits when they were met with armed resistance. See the statement on the victim-selection process above.

Law Enforcement folks are urging people in the area to be vigilant. Because when seconds count, police are only minutes away.

Self-defense is a human-right.

When Only Cops Have Guns...

Only cops will kill people in a jealous rage. NYPD officer fatally shoots man, self at Buffalo Wild Wings

Crazed off-duty Officer Sean Armstead, 36, had followed spouse Alexandra Vanderheyden, 35, and her 20-year-old beau, Edward Wilkins, to a La Quinta Inn in upstate Wallkill around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, sources said.

Vanderheyden told investigators she believes that Armstead tracked her through her cell phone, sources said.

He tracked them down, and shot the 20-year-old. He then killed himself.

Why can't people just accept that, "It's over," and get on with their lives? The "How dare you live without me" attitude never works out for anyone in the long run.

You Mean the Science Wasn't Settled?

Testing, testing - Is this thing on? Scientists now question the point of mass COVID-19 testing | National Post

Mass testing was supposed to help stop the pandemic. It was an epic failure. It did make some people extremely rich, which might have been the principle aim all along.

For many people worldwide, having cotton swabs thrust up their nose or down their throat to test for COVID-19 has become a routine and familiar annoyance.

But two years into the pandemic, health officials in some countries are questioning the merits of repeated, mass testing when it comes to containing infections, particularly considering the billions it costs.

Japan for example avoided mass testing, and came out relatively good in the end, in terms of death and hospitalization.

Denmark instituted one of the most extreme testing regimes. They are now wondering what they got for their money.

“We’ve tested so much more than other countries that we might have overdone it,” said Jens Lundgren, professor of infectious diseases at Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, and member of the government’s COVID advisory group.

But I thought every decision around COVID-19 was made based on science. Don't wear masks, then wear masks. Testing, testing, and more testing. Lockdowns. Whatever. Are you now admitting that you had no scientific data on which to base your decisions, and you were a standard fear-driven homo-sapiens, just like everyone else? Or were you just tools of the Power-hungry politicians who wanted to flex their muscle and make the population give up basic freedom? I don't see a third choice.

18 May 2022

Germany Laughed at Trump Over Dependence on Russian Oil

I don't think that they are laughing today. Wall Street Journal: How Germany Is Racing to Sever Dependence on Russian Energy

You can hate Trump, and despise everything he stands for, but even a broken watch is right once in a while. And he was right about Russia. (Remember when Obama laughed about Russia being the greatest foreign policy threat? He isn't laughing either, as far as I can tell. Though he paid no price for being spectacularly wrong.)

Days after taking office as Germany’s vice chancellor and economy minister in December, Robert Habeck asked his most senior officials for a detailed assessment of his country’s dependence on Russian energy. The result shocked him.

The country heavily relied on Russian hydrocarbons to power vehicles and factories and heat homes, and there was no contingency plan to secure other supplies, Mr. Habeck said. The government had no viable alternative to Russian imports.

Habeck goes on to describe the situation as a catastrophe. One easily seen, if you could look at Russia with clarity, and not through the American mainstream media. Or European media (for the most part) as well.

Russian companies controlled Germany's energy infrastructure, not just the supply. Refineries in Germany were not interested in refining non-Russian oil. It goes on from there.

“We’re suffering the consequences of allowing a Russian energy company to obtain such a strong influence on our supply,” a government report concluded this month, referring to Rosneft.

So, how did Germany react when President Trump pointed to these problems in 2018? FLASHBACK: Trump Warned UN About Relying On Russian Oil, Was Laughed At By German Delegation.

“Here in the Western Hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers,” Trump continued as the camera then panned to the German delegation, who appeared to be laughing.

So how many of those laughing Germans are still in government? How many got promoted? How many will get promoted figuring out how to fix the mess that they thought was oh so funny, a few short years ago?

I would love to feel sorry of Germany, but like so many bone-headed decisions that were made under Merkel, they brought all this on themselves. As things stand, they are facing a recession for lack of energy, or from high energy prices.

It's the Machine's Fault

Blaming bad guys is so 20th Century. Ex-con who shot rifle into NYC crowd was free without bail

Norman has a history of emotional disturbance and a lengthy rap sheet that includes more than two dozen busts, a stint in state prison on an armed robbery conviction, and a pending Brooklyn gun case, according to records.

That's right. He was on bail for a gun crime when he was arrested for a gun crime. I can't even pretend to be shocked. Not about New York, where keeping people in jail is unfair. Or something.

It will be the gun's fault. (Just like I blame spoons for making me fat.) Not the fault of the bad guy, or the fault of the judge who gave him bail - he had no choice. And it certainly isn't the fault of the idiots in the State Assembly who decided that no one should be held on bail, because there are reasons, that's why you racist F*ck!

I doubt he will be held on bail for this incident, though I believe that he can be. (Holding people on bail is NOT FAIR.)

Wednesday Link Roundup - 18 May

Pirate's Cove is up first with Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Pacific Pundit covers the baby killers “summer of rage”
  2. Outside The Beltway has thoughts on Star Trek going Woke

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Intrepid Reporter: Will He Have Three Names? UPDATED X5
Watts Up With That: Participate in the SurfaceStations Project – Version 2

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 05.16.22

American Power: Great Replacement Theory
American Thinker: Victor Davis Hanson’s Magnum Opus, also, Democrats Blame Inflation On Greed Instead Of Their Own Policies

Political Hat - News of the Week (May 15th, 2022)

Finland, Sweden to meet with Turkey over NATO
We were told to expect a decision “within days” as to Finland applying for membership in NATO, triggering a threatening response from the Kremlin.

Vlad Tepes - Afghanistan muslims remind us of what Islam really is, and the UN goes for total world control via the WHO: Links 1, May 16, 2022

2. Afghanistan face veil decree: ‘It feels like being a woman is a crime’
(In Islam it isn’t a crime to be female. It’s a crime to try and have the same basic rights as men.)
3. This power grab by thew UN Via the WHO is something everyone needs to understand

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Health Journalist Revealed the Real Purpose of Masks in 2018: Fear
White House Admits It Lied About Vaccines

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 05.17.22

American Conservative: Keep Finland & Sweden Out Of NATO
American Greatness: Biden Sending Troops Back To Somalia, also, #BLM Has Over $42 Million In Assets

Pixy Misa at Ace of Spades HQ - Daily Tech News 16 May 2022

In 500 metres, crash directly into the ground.
Crashed Russian aircraft in Ukraine allegedly have consumer grade GPS receivers taped to the flight console.

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 5/16/22

"Democrats look to resurrect a completely discredited economic policy."
Price Controls?!

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 05/16/2022

Michael Flynn files $50 million claim against feds in prelude to lawsuit over Russia probe.
Kash highlights McCabe has notes admitting there was nothing to Russiagate, which puts the lie to the idea he was launching operations against Trump legitimately.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Another COVID-19 Spending Bill Would Fuel More Inflationary Fire

• Endless clips of Biden’s new press secretary calling literally everything racist Scoop
• Sunday Talks, Bartiromo Interviews Nunes and Patel About Sussmann Trial CTH

I leave you with Sunday Memes … from MaddMedic, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, A Muster Of Memes.... from The Feral Irishman, and F*cking Mondays... from Wirecutter.

How's That Criminal Justice Reform Working Out?

Not too well, if you go by the count of victims. Gang leader who got $1,000 bail for a stolen gun (4 days after getting out of federal prison) is behind mass shooting, Chicago police say - CWB Chicago

4 days - count 'em, four - after getting out of federal lockup, he is arrested with a stolen gun.

The judge gives him cash bail, of which he had to come up with $1000. Why? Because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair.

“The risk assessment on violent offenders by our judges needs to get better,” Brown said Wednesday.

Now he is implicated in a multiple shooting that left 1 dead and 4 injured. But hey, Social Justice was delivered, just not any real justice.

LA's Finest

This would almost be funny, if wasn't so completely screwed up. LAPD overlooked 3 dead children inside home for 7 hours after mother taken away

She was arrested/detained or whatever they call it when they determine she needed "medical assistance" for being a disturbed person.

So far, so good.

But she was not arrested at home, and LAPD, and the fire department neglected to check on the well-being of her children.

So police arrived again to the block seven hours later and made a grim discovery: All three children — two boys and a girl — were dead.

They would notice a flashing neon light. Maybe it wouldn't even need to be flashing. Anything else, well they're cops, not geniuses.

It remains to be seen whether the children were already dead when authorities found Flores in her neighbor's yard. Asked whether there was a possibility the children were clinging to life when officers arrived Saturday night, LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said he did not know and noted the medical examiner would determine what happened.

Bets on whether the official story is they were dead? Bets on whether anyone will be reprimanded? Bets on whether or not this is the stupidest thing done by LAPD in 2022?

LAPD Brass is not answering questions, so much as deflecting. Everything is under investigation "at this time." Whatever.

And to think, it is becoming HARDER to recruit cops in the past few years. OK. This kind of insanity will probably become more common as they scrape the bottom of the proverbial barrel.

Mars, the Bringer of War

Today's song was mentioned by Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold, in a Rick Beato interview when he was discussing the writing of "Shepard Of Fire." I had not heard "The Planets" by Holst in a very long time, not since college, at least, and maybe not since I was in high school. I thought I should listen to it again.

Considering that it was written during World War I, it sounds strangely contemporary, at least as far as symphonic music goes. It could be the soundtrack to a summer blockbuster movie. Listening to it again, it sounds like part of the soundtrack of Star Wars. I quite like it.

This is "Mars, the Bringer of War" by Gustav Holst. It is the first movement in "The Planets," which was composed between 1914 and 1917. This version is by James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006.

After I wrote this post, I tripped over a Rick Beato video: John Williams vs Gustav Holst or Star Wars Vs The Planets. In which Rick compares "Mars, The Bringer of War" and the "Main Titles Theme" from Star Wars in some detail.

Note that this is only a reaction to the interview with Synyster Gates, and not a commentary on the geopolitical situation in Europe or elsewhere.

17 May 2022

The Lone Voice In Russia Is Still Speaking

I am surprised that they keep having this guy on Russian TV. And to be fair, he isn't the ONLY voice in Russia... Ukraine war: Retired colonel tells Russian state media 'the whole world is against us' | Daily Mail Online. That would be Mikhail Khodarenok.

Russian state media's trumped-up narrative of Putin's glorious war in Ukraine was last night shattered by a retired colonel who gave an unusually frank and damning assessment of the situation on the frontlines and world stage.

Mikhail Khodarenok, a former air defence commander and graduate of some of the Soviet Union's top military schools, used his platform on one of Russia's most-watched talk shows to warn that the war is going badly and is likely to get worse

This is not the first time Mikhail Khodaryonok has spoken up as a voice of dissent. I would love to believe that his latest remarks - at length, on a popular TV show - mean that something is afoot in the Kremlin. But I doubt it.

There is more, on the propaganda arm of the Russian media, on a few admissions of failure coming from official Russian sources, and some genuine updates on the fighting, including the fact that it appears Putin is now micromanaging the fighting at the level usually handled by brigadiers or colonels. Click thru.

Tuesday Links - 17 May

Schneier on Security starts us off with Surveillance by Driverless Car. The police state marches on.

San Francisco police are using autonomous vehicles as mobile surveillance cameras.

EBL - 2000 Mules

I understand the left ignoring it, but why is the right doing so?

Legal Insurrection - WaPo Begrudgingly Admits ‘Protests’ Outside Justices’ Homes ‘Appear To Be Illegal’

Though there is not really any room for an alternate interpretation of how the Code reads, Blake nevertheless tried to find it anyway by consulting with several law experts who explained to him in so many words what the protesters were doing in front of the Justices’ homes was, in fact, illegal.

Blake’s response was to put the “probably” qualifier on it, perhaps hoping against hope that another expert would contact him to say the Code could be interpreted differently.

Allah's Willing Executioners - Iraqi migrant injures 5 in stabbing spree on German train, said to be ‘mentally ill’ despite being on Islamic terror watchlist

Germany’s left-wing government also has incentive to classify such murders as the result of a psychologically ill suspect rather than a case of Islamic extremism. For one, such cases fuel anti-immigrant sentiment at a time when the government plans to bring in more foreigners than ever.

Manhattan Contrarian - Harvard Progressives Covering Up For Their Systemic Racist Friends

Two things about the Report stand out: (1) The large extent of the negative effects of school closures and remote learning, particularly in what the authors call “high poverty” districts, which effects are at the highest end of what anyone might have expected, and (2) The extreme lengths to which the Report goes to avoid pointing the finger of blame where it needs to be pointed, which is toward the politicians and bureaucrats — essentially all Democrats — responsible for the excessive closures in the high-poverty districts, and on the teachers unions that control the schools and back the politicians in those jurisdictions.

Bookworm Room - Understanding post-modernism’s role in shaping the Democrat party. In which Wolf Howling asks, "Do you?"

  • Support the Constitution as written? Then you’re a white supremacist
  • Believe in meritocracy? Then you’re a racist and misogynist
  • Contest the left using schools to brainwash our kids? Then you’re a domestic terrorist

Chicago Contrarian - For Whom Are Kwame Raoul and Kimberly Foxx Working?

A Chicago-area attorney is attacking Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul for Raoul’s leadership in creating a state commission that has overturned a raft of murder convictions, including the conviction of Jackie Wilson for his role in the 1982 murder of two Chicago police officers, Richard O’Brien and William Fahey.

The attorney is also calling into question the motives of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

The Other McCain - Personally I Blame Ruy Teixeira

As it is, the death toll in the Buffalo shooting is twice the number shot to death this past weekend in Chicago, although 28 others were wounded in Chicago. More than 1,000 people have been shot in Chicago so far this year, including 200 fatal shootings. But none of those shootings gave liberals a reason to blame Tucker Carlson, so you probably haven’t heard too much about them.

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0

Four people decided it would be a good idea to rob an occupied home. Police: Homeowner Fatally Shoots 2 During Suspected Burglary

You could say they suffered a failure of the victim-selection process.

At least one of the four was armed with a gun. The homeowner also was armed with a weapon and fired shots at the intruders. Police arrived to find two of the suspects dead inside the home and the homeowner holding the other two at gunpoint.

The two survivors face charges of felony murder and burglary.

The Left will be screeching about felony murder in 3, 2, ... It is unfair that you have to face responsibility for the completely foreseeable consequences of your actions.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Indiana it it just might be your legal right as well.

The Data You Leave Behind

Big tech is spying on you more than you realize. Some top 100,000 websites collect everything you type—before you hit submit

Researchers from KU Leuven, Radboud University, and University of Lausanne crawled and analyzed the top 100,000 websites, looking at scenarios in which a user is visiting a site while in the European Union and visiting a site from the United States. They found that 1,844 websites gathered an EU user's email address without their consent, and a staggering 2,950 logged a US user's email in some form. Many of the sites seemingly do not intend to conduct the data-logging but incorporate third-party marketing and analytics services that cause the behavior. After specifically crawling sites for password leaks in May 2021, the researchers also found 52 websites in which third parties, including the Russian tech giant Yandex, were incidentally collecting password data before submission.

And I'm shocked - Shocked, I tell you! - to discover that Meta (F*c*book's parent company) is spying on you. I'm less shocked that China's TikTok is spying on you.

The researchers filed a bug report with Meta on March 25, and the company quickly assigned an engineer to the case, but the group has not heard an update since. The researchers notified TikTok on April 21—they discovered the TikTok behavior more recently—and have not heard back. Meta and TikTok did not immediately return WIRED's request for comment about the findings.

Any smartphone app that includes a "Log in using F*c*book" feature is spying on you. Ditto websites. And any other "log in using" feature. Firefox containers together with a fair amount of disinformation will provide some cover, but they have (literally) BILLIONS of dollars riding on their ability to spy on you. They are going to spy on you.

Trust The Experts, They Say

Disinformation is a problem, they say. MSNBC 'military analyst' posts video game clip claiming it's Ukraine war footage | The Post Millennial. That advisor would be Retired Four Star General Barry McCaffrey.

Disinformation is a problem, they say. It is so much of a problem that they have created our very own Ministry of Truth, to tell us the difference between Pravda (The Truth) and lies.

Of course it would be nice if the experts had a freaking clue. (They don't have a clue; they have an agenda.)

Though Retired Four Star General Barry McCaffrey may just be an idiot with a spot on MSNBC's list of "experts."

The clip in question came from YouTube's "shorts" section, and is titled "Russian MiG-29's Get Shot Down By Air Defense System | Arma 3 #Shorts #Airdefense #Arma3."

Click the link above to find the video.

McCaffrey's tweet was deleted at some point after Benny Johnson pointed out the glaring mistake.

Too bad for the general (retired) that the internet has a long memory. There are numerous screenshots of the Tweet. I don't know if anyone dumped it to the Wayback Machine or not.

Now the video quality in Arma 3 is good, but it really is not photorealistic. Not quite.

The photos that I've seen which accompany the several versions of this story, show the general in his role as trusted advisor to the talking heads on MSNBC, but he didn't discuss this on the network, only on Twitter. Any bets on whether he loses that trusted-advisor role?

And for those of you who were not paying attention in high school, The Ministry of Truth is from Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four. What we actually have is more like the "official news agency" Pravda, which existed under the old Soviet Union. Pravda is Russian for Truth. There was an old Soviet saying about Pravda and Izvestia (The News).

There is no news in The Truth and no truth in The News. But the average citizen was protected from information that the Soviet bureaucrats deemed dangerous, seditious, or untrue. Or decadent. Though I don't think that the current Administration has any problem with decadent. And their agenda revolves completely around managing information.

16 May 2022

“Settled Science” Sent an Innocent Man to Prison for 30 Yrs

Oh, and the prosecutors violated the law. Nashville Man Found Innocent After 30 Years Behind Bars

Prosecutors withheld "exculpatory evidence" during his trial in 1993. And while those people should rot in prison, that isn't the point of this post.

He was retried and found guilty again in 2001, when he was granted a new trial over the 1993 crimes of The System™.

Since Garrett’s conviction, fire experts have examined the case and argued against the initial scientific testimony presented in 1993—namely, a “pour pattern” that suggested that an accelerant was poured to start the fire—provided by the prosecution’s experts at the time of the conviction.

"Fire Science" in 1993 was a joke. "Fire Science" in general is a joke, though it is light-years beyond what it was 30 years ago. (I could go on at length about everything in the Criminal Justice that is a crying shame. They would all be jokes, but for the fact that people are in prison because of superstitions.)

“While the CRU’s review of the case did not find affirmative evidence conclusively establishing Garrett’s innocence, the CRU finds it wholly impossible to maintain confidence in Garrett’s conviction,” CRU director Sunny Eaton writes in a 2021 report submitted to the Criminal Court for Davidson County. “Holistic review of the record, the District Attorney’s file, and new scientific evidence dismantles every single piece of evidence previously believed to inculcate Garrett.”

In other words, reasonable doubt exists.

But in 1993, the system used "science" that wasn't science, and The System™ lied in court and withheld evidence, because it is NOT about Justice. It is about winning.

Warriors Of The World United

Although this song is from 2002, it would have been at home on Hard Rock stations of the 1980s. It is, as they say, a classic headbanger. Since Manowar started in 1980, I suppose it isn't surprising that they sound like the 1980s. I'm not sure how or why I tripped over this song. Could have been social media, but I can't swear to that.

Here's a link to the lyrics, though you shouldn't have any trouble following the lyrics. Manowar started out of central New York state, though I'm not sure where they are based today.

This is "Warriors Of The World United" by Manowar from their 2002 album Warriors Of The World.

I don't usually feature live versions of songs on Musical Interlude, though I have done so in special instances. There is a live version of this song from 2015 in Brazil which is probably worth a look. I won't feature it, but I don't hate it.

Manowar will be touring Europe in 2022 starting in June. You can find that info and more at their website.

ICE Is the US Stasi

Because of course they are. American Dragnet | Data-Driven Deportation in the 21st Century

Our two-year investigation, including hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests and a comprehensive review of ICE’s contracting and procurement records, reveals that ICE now operates as a domestic surveillance agency. Since its founding in 2003, ICE has not only been building its own capacity to use surveillance to carry out deportations but has also played a key role in the federal government’s larger push to amass as much information as possible about all of our lives. By reaching into the digital records of state and local governments and buying databases with billions of data points from private companies, ICE has created a surveillance infrastructure that enables it to pull detailed dossiers on nearly anyone, seemingly at any time.

Because you belong to the state. You have no privacy. They want to know everything about you. The Stasi said that if they knew everything, they could control anyone. I guess we live in the revamped East Germany.

Most Americans probably do not imagine that their information is captured by ICE’s surveillance networks. In fact, ICE has used face recognition technology to search through the driver’s license photographs of around 1 in 3 (32%) of all adults in the U.S. The agency has access to the driver’s license data of 3 in 4 (74%) adults and tracks the movements of cars in cities home to nearly 3 in 4 (70%) adults. When 3 in 4 (74%) adults in the U.S. connected the gas, electricity, phone or internet in a new home, ICE was able to automatically learn their new address. Almost all of that has been done warrantlessly and in secret.

Hat tip to Schneier on Secuity.

And for you children who didn't pay attention to the Cold War, the Stasi, or Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, (Ministry for State Security) was the old East German Secret Police. Well, they were not so secret, just bastards of the 1st order.

Nearly Time for Chicago's Summer of Joy

HeyJackass! from Chicago brings us the stats on a Mostly Peaceful Weekend

I'm sure it will be a mostly peaceful summer.

In addition to Friday the 13th and a blood moon as a result of a lunar eclipse, we’re also in the final weeks of Spring Training and scores need to be settle before the Summer Shooting Season Summer of Joy can begin.

Final Peaceful Tally: 5 killed, 30 wounded

I wonder how many people will die in that summer of joy? How many people will be carjacked, shot, robbed, etc. I wonder how many shops will close after they are the victims of a mob shoplifting. The insurance companies have begun the process of canceling coverage in the event of theft, because you can't ensure against something that is guaranteed to happen.) I guess we will find out soon enough.

Mayor Groot (AKA Lori Lightfoot, AKA Mayor Frogface, and several other terms of endearment), has promised a "Summer of Joy." Here's a link to a 7 second video. If you want more I'm sure you can find it.

Prosecutors HATE Self-defense

You are supposed to rely on the State, even for the thing that it cannot supply. Prosecutors decline to charge Yakima man accused of shooting housemate at this time.

Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said Friday his office would not be able to disprove a self-defense claim beyond a reasonable doubt.

“We evaluated all the evidence (Yakima police) had received, and it was a true self-defense case,” Brusic said.

He will try to prosecute if he can, but his hands are (unfortunately) tied by the legal definition of self-defense.

Self-defense is a human-right, but I wouldn't count on it being your legal right in Yakima County, Washington.

"Asian Man" Attacks a Reception Honoring Taiwanese Pastor

Authorities are mystified as to the motive. Churchgoers hog-tied gunman after deadly Laguna Woods church shooting; motive unclear

Tom Cramer, leader of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos and a former pastor at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, said the shooting happened at a lunch reception honoring the former pastor of the Taiwanese church, who is returning to Taiwan to lead a congregation there.

I can't imagine what the motive might be.

Except maybe for the anti-Christian bias on the part of Communists, or anti-Taiwanese bias on the part of Communists, or anti-Christian bias on the part of the large Muslim community that calls Asia home, or dismay over the leaked Roe v Wade SCOTUS ruling, or...

I'm sure that somehow, if the national media ever notices this event, the blame will rest on Trump and the Republicans.

The Evolution of Gun Culture in America

A presentation by David Yamane is usually interesting, and this one does not disappoint. Light Over Heat #19: Presentation on Gun Culture 2.0 at Hartford Authors Workshop0

As he says, the angle of the video is a bit distracting (he put his phone next to him) but he breaks up the video with enough slides from his presentation, that overall it works.

And the slides are worth a look. Especially the shifting demographics of gun culture 2.0 and particularly the shift in new gun owners who purchased in the great gun-buying spree of the past 2 years.

15 May 2022

An EBL Musical Interlude

EBL brings us a little House Music for a Sunday. Syn Cole: May.

Syn Cole (not the name his mother gave him) is an Estonian DJ and remixer/producer. "May" is a bit of Electronica from 2015.

Was He Killed By Weak Prosecution?

No. He died because of decisions he made, but if the DA had sent him to jail, he might still be alive. NYC suspect Rameek Smith dead after shootout with NYPD cops

He was arrested for an illegal gun in March of 2020. In May of 2022 he opened fire on police officers - shooting one of them - and ended up dead.

Who exactly do weak prosecutors help?

After Vargas, 32, and his partner, who were in uniform, exited their unmarked car, Smith fled on foot, officials said.

The two cops gave chase and after a block-and-a-half pursuit, Smith turned around on Bathgate Avenue and allegedly fired two shots at the cops, striking Vargas. The officers returned fire, hitting Smith in the head, police and sources said.

Without consequences behavior will not change. The prosecutors around the country who refuse to prosecute know that. I believe that they want to destroy the criminal justice system, and with it, what is left of civilization.

What Constitutes a Threat?

She was arrested on Monday for Harassment. Then she was arrested on Wednesday for shooting a 12-year-old boy. Woman accused of shooting 12-year-old after bonding out of jail on harassment charges

This is a textbook case of The System™ failing to take a domestic violence situation seriously.

Threatening to kill someone is not a reason - in the minds of the District Attorney's Office - to hold her without bail. Here is what she said:

In a recording that was handed over to the police, investigators say the victim asked Lemons, “So you gonna kill my son?” to which Lemons replied, “Everyone was gonna die.”

She was released and tried to make good on that threat.

On Wednesday, police responded to a shooting call on Faxon Avenue around 6 p.m. where a 12-year-old boy was shot.

Witnesses on the scene reportedly told officers Lemons was seen in the passenger seat of a gray Cadillac with a silver handgun driving by the home.

I would say that this is the result of bail reform, except for the fact that this is how domestic violence has been treated since forever. Even if she had attacked someone on Monday, while making her threats, she probably would have been let out of jail. Keeping people in jail is unfair. And how do you know she really meant it, and wasn't just angry.

Of course in hindsight, she wasn't just angry.

Cops STILL Haven't Figured Out SWATting

Someone calls 911 it MUST be true. They wouldn't lie, would they? South Fulton family victims of 'swatting' call 'traumatized' by ordeal

Imagine police surrounding your house and ordering you and your kids to come out with your hands up, but you've done nothing wrong. "Swatting" is when someone makes a fake 9-1-1 call to get officers and SWAT to a specific location. The fake calls are dangerous and weigh on department resources. They're also potentially traumatizing to the unsuspecting victim.

Idiots with badges. Idiots with a 911 system. Idiots who can't be bothered to verify if the phone call was legit or faked.

How many SPAM calls have you received where the area code makes it look like a local call? I get several a week, though it has tapered off some.

At the time, Danny's wife and kids were home. He says even now they have yet to talk about what happened.

"My wife, she was shaken up. My kids were as well," he said.

Because what would a SWAT team do? Sit at home and wait for the techs to check the phone number?

At least they didn't kill anyone.

14 May 2022

Everybody Is Lying to You

Especially if they are trying to sell you something. Intuit to pay $141 mln to settle TurboTax deception claims | Reuters

Intuit Inc (INTU.O) agreed to pay $141 million in restitution to settle claims by all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., that it tricked millions of customers into buying online TurboTax products that the company deceptively advertised as "free."

Wednesday's settlement resolves claims that Intuit steered at least 4.4 million customers, many with low incomes, into buying its tax preparation products despite their being eligible for free electronic filing through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Caveat Emptor.

(Note: This was stuck in the drafts for too long, but the point is still valid. Trust no one.)

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 14 May

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 05.11.22

CDR Salamander: What Is Really Going On In Eastern Ukraine?
Da Tech Guy: The Media Attack A Christian Republican In Pennsylvania

EBL - Randy Weaver, RIP

NPR: Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge Standoff dead at 74
RIP. The NPR story strangely is more balanced that some out there. The FBI needs to be abolished.

The Right Way - Top of the News

The Biden administrative continues the Democrat war against Mike Flynn - American Thinker
Putin Health Concerns Spike After Blanket Photos Emerge - The Lid

Battleswarm Blog - LinkSwarm for May 13, 2022

Wholesale inflation rose to 11% in April.
If you think grocery store shelves look spotty now, wait until you see the effects of diesel shortages on the East Coast.

A View from the Beach - The Formula Crisis

From CNS News, US Trade Deficit With Communist China Is Climbing. I&I has Some Surprising Findings about Who Wants To Forgive Student Loans?. Everybody want to be nice, as long as they think someone else is picking up the tab.

Vlad Tepes - Joe Rogan on Trudeau, and how Habermas of the Frankfurt School influenced reporting on the March for Life: Links 2, May 13, 2022

4. Chinese People’s Liberation Army warplanes, warships surround Taiwan
5. OpEd for Bari Weiss: I Criticized BLM. Then I Was Fired.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 05.12.22 (Morning Edition)

American Thinker: Why Aren’t We Allowed to Question The 2020 Election?
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 4: The Washington Times reported, "Rumors circulating in China and among overseas Chinese social media are claiming Chinese President Xi Jinping, under fire for draconian COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere, will step down from power.

Cafe Hayek - Some Non-Covid Links

GMU Econ alum Gabriella Beaumont‐​Smith explains U.S. government-imposed tariffs on imported baby formula of course make baby formula more scarce in the U.S.

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 05.12.22 (Evening Edition)

Volokh Conspiracy: No, SCOTUS Is Not Going To Reconsider Bans On Interracial Marriage
Watts Up With That: We’re Going To Get You To Eat The Bugs, Peasant

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 5/12/2022

Biden Administration Cancels Sale of Oil and Gas Lease in Alaska
The Biden administration has terminated the sale of a million-acre oil and gas lease in Alaska. Gas prices across the country are on the rise

Once again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 05.13.22

Shark Tank: Jackie Toledo Caught Lying About Patronis Endorsement
Shot In The Dark: Just Remember, also, How Are You Going To Fight A Tank With An AR-15?

Pixy Misa at Ace of Spades HQ - Daily Tech News 13 May 2021

Google announced stuff? (ZDNet)
Anything good?
No. Well, they seem to have fixed some things they recently broke in YouTube, but no.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Get ready for more blackouts, thanks to Democrats’ suicidal climate grift

• 49 Senate Democrats Vote for Extreme Abortion Bill Suzanne Bowdey
• In Los Angeles, a Breakdown of Civilization Jarrett Stepman

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 05/12/2022

In Virginia, Democrat County Supervisor indicted on 82 felonies in election fraud scheme.
Auditor who dismissed 2020 fraud failed to declare THOUSANDS of dollars from Zuckerberg election interference fund.

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

The Global Warming Scare Is Most Certainly Overheated
The ACLU has lost its way

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 5/13/22

"A former 'unwanted fetus' on abortionists' hypocrisy, bigotry, and misogyny."
I Am a Woman and You Do Not Speak for Me

I leave you with Thursday gifdump from Wirecutter, Wednesday weirdness from The Bluebird of Bitterness, and IT'S LIBTURD THURSDAY AFTERNOON! from Woodsterman.

A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Self-defense in Philadelphia. Legally-armed Philadelphia man taking smoke break 'turned the tables' on armed would-be robber | Fox News

A Philadelphia man taking a smoke break outside his home "turned the tables" on an armed would-be robber when he pulled out his own legal gun and fatally shot him, according to police.

"It looked like a robbery victim, at this time, turned the tables on a would-be robber and shot him in the head," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said of the matter, according to NBC 10.

The guy who got shot died in a local hospital. And yes, you do need to be armed in your own defense outside of your own home. (You are not immune from crime just because you are at home.)

Though the guy was shot in the head, he did fire off a couple of rounds. The homeowner was not injured.

Self-defense is human-right, and it may even be recognized as your legal right in Philadelphia. I'm not sure I would count on that.

The Other McCain's Advice — Never Trust a Bisexual

The Other McCain brings us Amber Heard and the Man-Haters Club.

How many times do I have to repeat this before guys start paying attention? The problem is, some of you guys — and I’m looking at you, Mr. Depp — think you can go chasing your wildest sexual fantasies in which being involved with a bisexual woman gives you a golden ticket to kinky threesomes. Good-bye to the boring, normal life of bourgeois heterosexual monogamy, hello to the wild carnival of “swinging.”

Or so the fool believes, until he discovers to his eternal dismay that there is a reason why these things are called “fantasies,” because if you try to do that stuff in real life, it turns into a nightmare.

Go read the whole thing.

While Robert Stacy has advice for the straight man, I can attest that it also applies to my side of the street. (That is both from personal experience, and from the experience of friends.) Though it typically costs less over here.

Teeth of the Hydra

Steve Vai is becoming one of my favorite guitarists. With his new instrument, The Hydra, that is not likely to change, except that he will be even more a favorite.

Steve Vai started his career working for Frank Zappa. First as a transcriptionist, and then as a guitarist. He went on to have a solo career, and tour and record with a number of people including David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper and more. I think that I probably heard Steve Via on one of those recordings without knowing who he was. His solo work is somewhat new-to-me.

This is the video for "Teeth of the Hydra" by Steve Vai from his April, 2022 album Inviolate.

If you're interested in learning more about that instrument, you can find out more in this video. The Hydra: presented by Steve Vai and Ibanez.

And just for fun... Fighting Off The Children Of The Hydra's Teeth | Jason and the Argonauts. A classic bit of animation and live action.

13 May 2022

May 12, 1783 — End of the Revolutionary War

Treaty of Paris by Benjamin West

I hate missing important anniversaries, Though 2033 will be 250 years. Today in military history: Treaty of Paris formally ends Revolutionary War - We Are The Mighty

On May 12, 1783, the Treaty of Paris took effect, ending the Revolutionary War and securing American independence from Great Britain.

While fighting had ended in 1781, the Treaty of Paris would take some time to complete.

Click thru for the details.

The US and Great Britain wouldn't patch up relations until World War One.

The Image (click for a larger view) is "The Treaty of Paris" by Benjamin West.

Treaty of Paris, by Benjamin West (1783), depicts the United States delegation at the Treaty of Paris (left to right): John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, and William Temple Franklin. The British delegation refused to pose, and the painting was never completed.