31 March 2022

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He probably thought an old man would be an easy target. Homeowner, 74, shoots suspected teen burglar inside Akron home Tuesday morning.

A 74-year-old Akron homeowner Tuesday morning confronted and shot a suspected teen burglar inside a Johnston Street home in what was described as a home invasion, Akron police said. [SNIP]

Police said they found a 16-year-old teen inside the home with multiple gunshot wounds. Police gave the teen first aid until he was transported to Akron Children's Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

The homeowner was not hurt. The investigation continues.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Craftsmen/Gunsmiths at Work in India

And other places. Impro Guns has a couple of new posts. We will look at Made in India.

.32 auto pistols from craftsmen in Munger.

There is also Brazilian tube rifle. Though that does not show the craftsmanship evident in the first post.

Click either link for images.

Don't Rely on Pepper Spray

Not if you live in a locale that affords more powerful options. Man gets 10 years in convenience store rampage

You can click thru if you are interested in the crime, what transpired, and the trouble the one cop and several bystanders had getting him under control.

Officer Jerrika Weaver chased McClanahan and shot him with her pepper spray gun, but the measure "did not elicit compliance." [SNIP]

McClanahan hit the clerk with objects from the counter as Weaver shot him again with her pepper spray gun. The spray appeared to have no effect.

Pepper spray, that hit him directly in the face did have a roll in stopping him, but as more officers showed up to the scene, they also tried pepper spray with no impact.

30 March 2022

A Theo Spark Musical Interlude

New music... Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New Album 'Unlimited Love' (VIDEO)

Click thru for the video of "Black Summer." It is a single for the album Unlimited Love which is scheduled to be released tomorrow.

A Daley Gator Musical Interlude

Three songs from a guitar great. Tuesday Guitar Greatness Jeff Healey edition

Click thru for "See The Light," and "Hoochie Coochie Man," and "As The Years Go Passing By" from Jeff Healey.

For those of you who don't know, Jeff Healey lost his sigth at 1 year of age due to a rare form of cancer of the eyes. He died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 41. The Wiki has the year wrong, in case someone is checking up on me. Check the official site, or look at the news articles of the day. (Does the Wiki get ANYTHING right?)

Wednesday Link Roundup - 30 March

Pirate's Cove starts things off with Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. The Right Scoop covers Trump suing Hillary
  2. Weasel Zippers discusses Russian troops shooting at a nuclear reactor

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Intrepid Reporter: One Thing After Another
Watts Up With That: UAH vs. RSS

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 03.28.22

American Power: Natural Gas Industry Gets Boost As Biden Shifts
American Thinker: The Hostile Takeover of The GOP Will Continue
Animal Magnetism: Goodbye, Blue Monday

EBL - "Dear Friend, I'm Notifying" Russian Crimean War Song

28 March 1854, British declare war on Russia. Crimean War Begins.
ZeroHedge: Kremlin threatens to halt gas supplies over payment in Russian Rubles
AoSHQ: Morning Report 03.28.22

The Daley Gator - SUNDAY LINKAGE!!

Fritz has a look at gerrymandering insanity
Sonoran Conservative has a fun fact
Rob Morse looks at guns and crime and self-defense

Political Hat - News of the Week (March 27th, 2022)

Students Who Blew Whistle On BYU “Revealing Whiteness” Assignment Threatened With Discipline
Surprise! Utah is a hotbed of CRT activism and mandates in higher education.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.29.22

CDR Salamander: We Chose Decline
Da Tech Guy: Report From Louisiana – A Real Food Crisis, Bye Bye Philly! and Donald Trump Is No Ham Sandwich

A View from the Beach - Buwudabout Hunter?

"'Twelve days after the Times confirmed that Hunter Biden’s laptop is real, ABC, CBS and NBC are still silent,' (Fox, of course). At Front Page, Bob Spencer wonders Where are the 51 Intel Agents Who Assured Us Hunter's Laptop was Russian Disinformation?

Vlad Tepes - Biden Laptop from the DM, Many tweets on Vaxx, Ron Johnson on Biden: Links 2, March 26, 2022

4. Ontario is priming the pumps to pull back the slight illusion of freedom we have had for a few days now. Notice the language: “Virus related deaths”. We know now that means someone who committed suicide out of fear of Covid, is a ‘virus related death’. Being shot in the head...

Cafe Hayek - Some Non-Covid Links

Eric Boehm reports on the Buffalo Bills bilking taxpayers.
Peter Suderman describes Biden’s new proposed tax on wealth as “a desperate policy gimmick by a White House struggling with low approval numbers on the economy.”

Maggie's Farm - Saturday morning links

Federal investigation launched into MBA program that excludes white males
Home Depot Tells Employees It Ain’t OK to Be White

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 3/28/22

"He made a statement that was either dead wrong or supposed to be a secret — and either way, that's terrifying."
The Terrifying Moment Someone Switched Biden's Brain Off in Poland

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Blinken continues cleanup of Biden’s Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ remark

• Macron scolds Biden over Putin comments Jazz Shaw
• Jim Jordan says Biden’s ‘war-triggering language’ is a liability Heather Hamilton

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 03/29/2022

Former Disney star Orlando Brown has accused Hollywood star Will Smith of raping him when he was a child. My guess is you get taken to these parties, and if you take one of the children in a back room, you get turned into a star.

I leave you with Sunday Funnies For 03-27-22 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces Sunday Memes … from MaddMedic, and Sunday Video 6 from Wirecuttter.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He probably thought they were all stoned. Man fatally shot while attempting to rob Covington cannabis store.

Ryan Evans, director of operations of the local chain Euphorium, said the would-be robber accosted an employee in the parking lot of the Covington store, put the employee in a chokehold and held a gun to his head.

“The perpetrator walked the employee up to the store, got in the door and told our ID and security people, ‘This is a robbery,'” Evans said. “My ID checker said, ‘Are you serious?’ and when he was, my ID checker drew his weapon and fired.”

Washington is apparently seeing a rash of robberies of Cannabis stores, but this is level of threat is worse than most.

Self-defense is a human-right, and Washington has a long history of supporting self-defense. (Hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms.)

COVID Lockdowns and Good Intentions

Dead is dead: Increased Alcohol-Related Deaths, U.S., 2020-2021

Meep is an actuary. Studying the statistics of death is her job.

More Americans 65 and Under Died from Alcohol-Related Causes Than Covid-19 in 2020, Study Finds

If you think that the lockdown of the past 2 years was the best thing ever, then you should definitely NOT click that link, because that post deals with trade-offs we made. Trade-offs that were never discussed or even acknowledged by a lot of people.

Dead is dead: Does it matter if you died of a drinking yourself to death or of COVID?

As I remarked in the Team Reality Podcast last week, one of the more annoying aspects of policymaking in general, and not just during COVID, is treating everything as if no trade-offs are involved. It’s all-or-nothing. If you don’t go along with the lockdowns, you must want everybody dead.

Well, “they” must have wanted all these people to have died of alcohol-related deaths. The logic works both ways.

Many of the younger adults — those age 24 – 35, say, who were living by themselves — did not have serious risk from Covid. They did have serious risk from depression and isolation.

Alcohol-related deaths (including accidents but excluding COVID) increased from 213 per day before the pandemic to 282 per day during the pandemic. (33%)

What Meep can't examine are the long-term health impacts. How many people gained weight? How many people did develop drinking or other substance-abuse problems, who haven't died yet?

There are also possible impacts that are even less amenable to statistical analysis, such as lockdown led to drinking, which led to a lost job, or a broken marriage, or any number of other of impacts from the policy. And I know they had good intentions. See the image from the Good Intentions Paving Company above.

Sinners Hymn

More music by Orianthi has been finding its way into my playlists lately. I think that is a good thing. As for this song, it showcases a great guitar player. One who doesn't get the love she deserves. And I think it would have been at home on a 1980s Rock & Roll station.

This song is "Sinners Hymn" by Orianthi from her 2020 album O.

Here is what I wrote about her back in January.

Orianthi is an Australian guitar player, who probably had her first big break when she played on the 2nd stage at the 2007 edition of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, which was held in Illinois that year. The Wiki (take it with a grain of salt) says her break came when she appeared at the 2009 Grammy Awards show, as guitarist for Carrie Underwood. Though you could say that meeting Carlos Santana, and then he helped her to get signed with Geffen Records in 2006 was what really mattered.

Irpin, Ukraine — Update

Update on the Ukraine War from Robert Stacy "The Other" McCain. Ukraine: Irpin Mayor Says Town Is ‘Liberated,’ Others Say … Eh, Maybe.

This is not the first time Mayor Markushyn has claimed this, however. He said the same thing a week ago, but his pronouncement was followed by a week of fierce fighting in Irpin. According to the New York Times, other sources say there may still be Russian troops holed up in Irpin, and the Ukrainian forces will have to do a house-by-house search to clear the town. At any rate, Irpin is the closest the Russians have come to Kyiv, and if they’ve been driven out of there, the remainder of the Russian advance force would be hunkered down in Hostomel and Bucha.

Click thru for more. Issues of logistics. The problems of getting decent information out a war zone. And more.

29 March 2022

Officer Dan Rocha

End of Watch. Memorial for fallen officer Dan Rocha set at Everett arena

Rocha, 41, was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday near Everett Community College. The suspected shooter, Richard Rotter, of Kennewick, had a history of fleeing police.

Tuesday Links - 29 March

American Thinker starts us off with the Dystopian News of the Week. New MasterCard to monitor cardholders' carbon footprint, cap purchases

MasterCard and the United Nations have joined forces to produce a credit card that measures your carbon footprint. Once you reach your "limit," you can't purchase anything else...at least with that card. Well, isn't that special? What's next? We may not want to know.

The Counter Signal - LIARS: CBC forced to print a correction nearly every week

More recently — in fact, just two days ago — the CBC lied by omission once again, claiming that Justin Trudeau received a standing ovation in the EU Parliament while failing to mention that he was denounced in front of the entire EU several times and nine-tenths of the Parliament left in protest before he started speaking.

Irons in the Fire - Hey, you expect the Special People to obey the laws they complain about?NBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard and the Pennsylvania AG's office may have committed felonies.

The Last Tradition - REPOST YouTube Suspends VIDEO-NY Times drops a BOMB Hunter Biden's laptop is REAL!!!

YouTube suspends my video in which I talk about the NY Times finally admitting that Hunter Biden's laptop and the information therein is legitimate. YouTube called it misinformation! But, millions of Americans know what the real deal is.

Maggie's Farm - Solutions to impending food shortages

Recipe suggestions for food shortages:
Possum Casserole
How to Cook Raccoon.

SHTF Plan - The Future Is Here: Dystopian Movies Fit for a Dystopian World

Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, Spielberg’s unnerving vision of the future is fast becoming our reality.

Weasel Zippers - Russian Troops Shooting At Nuclear Reactor – Because Of Course They Are…

OldAFSarge at Chant du Départ - It's All Too Much

Cold day in the sun indeed ...
RIP Taylor, see you on the other side, man.

The Gateway Pundit - MUST READ: After Being Paid Off by Big Tech for Years for their Silence Heritage Foundation Finds Itself Victim of Big Tech Censorship. They were getting paid by Big Tech, but that apparently ended.

The Heritage has suddenly had a change of heart now that estimate they have lost an estimated $100 million due to Big Tech censorship. And they are joined a conservative group against censorship. [Heritage Foundation] President Kevin Robert even said, “Big Tech is an enemy of the American people.”

The Other McCain - Why Is ‘Russian Disinformation’ More Trustworthy Than the Liberal Media?

Keep in mind that our government funded research in Communist Chinese labs that may have produced the COVID-19 virus. We are told, however, that the research our government was funding in Ukraine was entirely benign, and if we express skepticism about this project (which, oh, by the way, just happened to help make money for Joe Biden’s worthless crack-addicted son) well, our skepticism is proof that we’re a bunch of kooky right-wing conspiracy theorists.

Victory Girls - Will Smith Smacking Chris Rock Is Trump’s Fault

No ladies and gentlemen, I’m not kidding. As Deanna wrote earlier today, while the Oscars cratered, there was one incident that got everyone’s attention. Since Jada Pinkett Smith can’t take a joke, Will lost his mind and temper, went on the stage and smacked Chris Rock in the face. What Jada SHOULD’VE done is laughed it off and/or if she was so inclined, flipped Chris the bird. But NOOO…Will Smith had to get all manly for a minute, and then burst into blubbering tears later during his Oscar speech.

It Is Not Just Property Crime

The breakdown in law and order has serious consequences. 15-Year-Old Fatally Shot Twice in Head While Getting Water From Family’s Car: Reports

A neighbor was in the process of getting carjacked while he was retrieving some water from his family's car.

According to KYW, Sean Toomey was not the intended target when suspected carjackers opened fire outside his Philadelphia home on Thursday. Toomey, who was found shot in a neighbor’s yard, was ultimately declared brain dead, according to his father.

The people in charge of the Justice System are overseeing the demise of the rule of law. It has consquences for all of us.

No description of the carjackers was given. No one is in custody.

Note that it doesn't matter if you live in a "nice neighborhood" if the bad guys are following you or your neighbors home. You are not protected by your zip code.

How's That Bail Reform Working Out?

As long as you don't count the victims, it is great. #49 #50 and #51: Our list of people accused of shooting (or shooting at) others while on felony bail in 2020 is growing longer today - CWB Chicago. The count is by year that bail was issued.

Our list of people accused of shooting (or shooting at) others while on felony bail in 2020 is growing by three today. We found the cases and a fourth that we’re saving for now while researching a story that you will be reading about soon on CWB Chicago. Here are the details of the cases that are being added to the list.

#49, Theophilus Sexton was on electronic monitoring when he shot a guy in front of his home.

#50, Otis Wise fired multiple times into a crowd.

#51, Jesse Davis was arrested for illegal gun possession in 2020. In 2022 he pointed a gun at a car, and then got into the car. He was arrested with a gun and heroin.

Why is CWBChicago keeping score?

CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

There are more details at the link above, click thru. CWBChicago is one of the few (sometimes the only) news organization that will report on things the Democratic machine in Chicago doesn't want to see get published.

Sweden versus COVID

They didn't follow the recommendation. Sweden—Once Mocked for Its COVID Strategy—Now Has One of the Lowest COVID Mortality Rates in Europe.

Sweden, which avoided strict lockdowns, now has a lower COVID mortality rate than 29 countries in Europe alone.

Because lockdowns didn't work. I leave it to you to find those stats - they are out there for the US states. Here's some data from Sweden.

I spent a great deal of time in 2020 and 2021 arguing that the media was getting the narrative wrong on Sweden, pointing out that Sweden’s response had resulted in exponentially fewer deaths than modelers had predicted and lower mortality overall than most of Europe.

The BBC also noted Sweden’s economy had not suffered nearly as much as the economies of other European nations, and, more importantly, as other countries were implementing more lockdown measures in 2021, daily COVID deaths in Sweden had reached zero.

Because lockdowns were never about health. They were about control. If they were about health, they did a very bad job of producing it.

“[There’s a] persistent tendency of men to see only the immediate effects of a given policy,” Hazlitt wrote in Economics in One Lesson, “and to neglect to inquire what the long-run effects of that policy will be not only on that special group but on all groups.”

Hazlitt described this as “the fallacy of overlooking secondary consequences.”

The consequences of COVID Policy includes a lot of people dead from depression and its affects. A generation of students whose education has been harmed. And probably a whole lot more.

28 March 2022

Tonight We Ride

Unleash the Archers is a Canadian, Power Metal band from Vancouver, British Columbia. I am gaining more appreciation for their music. Brittany Hayes (Brittany Slayes) has a tremendous voice for metal. And the video reference to Mad Max is nice.

Here's a link to the lyrics. You might need them.

This is "Tonight We Ride" by Unleash the Archers from their 2011 album Time Stands Still.

Well, Power Metal. But there is one guy doing a growl for emphasis in some places.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

He suffered from a failure of the victim-selection process. Burglary Suspect Shot By Homeowner Linked To Second Break-In | JoCo Report

He apparently thought he was still in New Jersey. Things are different in North Carolina.

Around 7:45am Tuesday, authorities said a 58 year-old woman, her 33 year-old daughter, and her daughter’s two children, ages 12 days-old and 8 years-old, were inside their home at 2215 Swift Creek Road. Johnston County deputies said the suspect, Sergiy Bezroukov of Budd Lake, New Jersey, threw a large rock through a window and gained entry.

The 58 year-old resident retrieved a handgun and encountered Bezroukov while he was in her kitchen. She fired a single round from her handgun grazing Bezroukov in his hand and upper leg. He fled out the door as the victim dialed 911.

Police found him nearby and had him taken to the hospital.

After he got out of the hospital, he was booked into the county lockup.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Hunter Biden and Ukrainian Biolabs

I'm sure Twitter and F*c*book will be suspending The Post (and me) for daring to impune the Biden Clan. Hunter Biden helped secure funds for US biolab contractor in Ukraine: e-mails.

Russia’s assertion that President Biden’s son Hunter was “financing . . . biological laboratories in Ukraine” was based in truth, according to e-mails reviewed by The Post.

A trove of e-mails on Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop — the existence of which was exclusively reported by The Post in October 2020 — found that he played a role in helping a California defense contractor analyze killer diseases and bioweapons in Ukraine.

Hunter Biden's laptop is the gift that keeps on giving. If only there was someway that we could have known all of this before the election.

Another Ukraine Update from The Other McCain

The Other McCain is doing a more credible job of reporting than some of the 3-letter networks. Ukraine: Combat Reported at Borodyanka

On the difficulty of getting good info:

Last night after we did our podcast, I was grumbling about the difficulty of getting timely accurate reports about the tactical situation near Kyiv, and John Hoge made the observation that the Ukrainian command could be limiting this information because of operational security concerns. Apparent confirmation of that can be found in this New York Times report...

Click thru for as many details as you will find anywhere.

The EMS Shortage in Maine is a Crisis

30 minutes or more, just to get to someone calling 911, before you start the drive to the hospital. “A Call For Help:” Maine’s EMS and Paramedic shortage

“The volunteer system was great back in the day when you had one income. Now you have multiple income families, some families have multiple jobs. They don’t want to get up in the middle of the night, they don’t want to get up from a dinner table to go on those calls. So the volunteer ideation is gone,” said [Rob McGraw, Chief of the East Millinocket Fire/EMS Department.]

It’s a systemic problem for rural EMS and paramedics.

And of course there just isn't enough money in the system - a system that is controlled mostly by government. So what happens if things go on without major changes?

“There’s going to be people who call 911 and no one is going to show up,” said McGraw.

Another Episode of "Aspiring Rapper Update"

From The Other McCain - Aspiring Rapper Update: ‘Baby Cino’ Gets Out of Jail, Immediately Gets Shot Dead

This is what Second City Cop would have called the Self-cleaning Oven in action. Before the Left silenced him.

Timothy Starks, a/k/a “Baby Cino,” was only 20 years old when he died Wednesday, shortly after getting bailed out of a Miami jail.

Do we count this as the downside of Bail Reform, or not? Click thru for Robert Stacy's answer.

27 March 2022

A BB King Classic

Diogenes' Middle Finger brings us Middle Finger Symphony Theater.

Nobody could play the guitar quite like "The King of the Blues."

It is a performance of "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother" by BB King from a 1986 concert in Sweden. Click thru for what the video calls "One of BB King's Greatest Ever Guitar Solos!"

Is Biden Trying to Provoke WWIII?

He seems to be doing exactly that. President Biden’s Putin speech in Poland is a catastrophe

He came, he saw, he confused.

Joe Biden’s call-to-arms speech in Poland was long on soaring rhetoric about the virtues of democracy but woefully short on what more the West will do to help Ukraine defeat the Russian invasion. But by the time he got to the finish, most of that was forgotten.

What mattered most and what will be remembered for a long time was a single line the president of the United States said about the president of Russia

Go read the whole depressing thing. This is the "Foreign Policy Expert" that you all voted for in 2020. Or as VP Harris said, this is what you asked for.

I did particularly like this line:

Was it Russian disinformation, like Hunter Biden’s emails? Or maybe the dramatic line just walked into the speech by itself?

That wasn't the only thing that staff was forced to "explain." How do you explain that what he clearly said was not what he meant to say? So often, that is. Or do you really mean, "That is not what we told him to say." Not that a President Harris would do much better; her word-salad is almost as horrible.

He Has Some Serious Training for This

Don't F*ck around when a UFC fighter is in the area, or you will find out. UFC Fighter Kevin Holland Helps Disarm Gunman at Houston Restaurant

UFC fighter Kevin Holland was in a Houston sushi restaurant with his friend fellow MMA fighter, Patrick Robinson.

That is when a guy fired a gun into the air, and Holland saw one man trying to wrestle the gun away from the shooter.

Holland told ESPN on Tuesday that he put the gunman in a 'rear-naked choke submission hold' until he was asleep, then held him down and made sure the gun was no longer in reach until the police arrived shortly after.

"I wouldn't tell the next person to do it unless they're seriously trained for that type of situation," Holland said to ESPN. "Besides doing cage fighting, I train self-defense first and foremost. For me, that was the best way to defend myself at the moment. Plus, I like Batman."

There were no injuries reported.

Amazon Continues to Treat Both Employees and Contractors as Disposable

This is not right. Amazon sued after Atlanta, GA man shot two delivery drivers | Raleigh News & Observer

Two Amazon contract drivers were trying to deliver packages to an address. They were both shot. (The shooter has been arrested.)

Amazon Flex drivers don't have any vests to identify them as Amazon.

Attorneys for Gutierrez and Denson said Amazon failed to provide them with any clothing that would identify them as Amazon delivery drivers, as well as proper safety training. They also said the company doesn’t use software that lets a customer know when a driver is approaching.

That software is routinely used by other delivery companies such as UPS, FedEx, Lyft, Uber, GrubHub and Doordash, according to the complaint.

Because Amazon has always treated its employees as disposable. Here's a link to a post on how Amazon delayed medical treatment to an employee having a heart attack because "Why bother?"

I would love to say that I never buy anything from Amazon, but they have become my retailer of last resort. Even if I have to pay a small premium to buy from a another site - and you can almost always find stuff for the same price, and sometimes for less at other sites.

Can you guess what Amazon's position is?

Teenage Activity in Philadelphia

Killadelphia is living up (or down) to its nickname. 15-year-old arrested in Philly for shooting two teenaged girls

Click thru for the details of this case. The status of the parents. How the kid was raised by other relatives. The overall situation in Philadelphia is what caught my attention.

But one thing we do know, and that’s the City of Brotherly Love has a real cultural problem, a problem in which adolescents, in which 12 and 14 and 15-year-olds are out on the streets, armed, shooting at people, and their parents or grandparents or guardians are either so clueless that they don’t know about it, or so disinterested that they just don’t care.

What were you doing at 15? I'm guessing shooting people isn't on that list of activities.

26 March 2022

Taylor Hawkins — February 1972 to March 2022

Friday was a sad day. Taylor Hawkins was drummer for Foo Fighters. He also sang backing vocals on some tracks.

Via Twitter: Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters has passed away at age 50. Prior to joining the band in 1997, he was the touring drummer for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette.

This "Summer's End" from Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace by Foo Fighters. It is one of the tracks that includes Taylor Hawkins vocals.

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 26 March

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain starts things rolling with In The Mailbox: 03.23.22 (Afternoon Edition)

Power Line: We’ve Always Been At War With Eastasia, How To Make Crime Vanish, and Bushrod League
Shark Tank: Rubio Team Calls Out “Radical” Demings

EBL - Ketanji Brown Jackson: Don't Know Much Biology...

Powerline: Judge Jackson in Brief
AoSHQ: Morning Report 03.23.22 and A Transparent Dodge

The Right Way - Top of the News

Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark - 90 Miles From Tyranny
I Really Don't Need To Be On The Tweeter - Diogenes Middle Finger News Service

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.24.22 (Afternoon Edition)

Watts Up With That: Climate Change Is About Control, Stupid, Not The Environment
Weasel Zippers: Judge Jackson Says She Was Lenient On Pedo Because Of His “Diplomas & Certificates”

The Political Hat - Quick Takes – Euthanasia Madness: Suicide Pods; Mandatory Vaccinations; Suicide Begets Suicide. It starts off with "Suicide Is Painless" from MASH.

Live in the pod; die in the pod.
Now where have we seen that before? [Soylent Green]
Death, btw, is by hypoxia.

Vlad Tepes - Mostly vaxx and Covid related items: Links 1, March 23, 2022

6. In Orange County, Florida there is a brand new policy for the current academic school year relating to student athletics. Starting from September 2021, all student-athletes are required to undergo an electrocardiogram and be cleared by a cardiologist prior to playing

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 03.24.22 (Evening Edition)

Michelle Malkin: Unstifling Savanah
Nebraska Energy Observer: Caring Fatigue
Outkick: Second Grand Jury To Hear Evidence Against DeShaun Watson

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 4: Project Veritas reported, "Bombshell Microsoft Corporation legal documents released by Project Veritas reveal that President Biden’s Department of Justice filed a series of secret warrants, orders, and a subpoena to surreptitiously collect privileged... communications

Battleswarm Blog - Russian Tanks in Ukraine News Roundup. Lots of info on the Javelin, the NLAW etc.

There’s just enough tank-specific news coming out of the Russo-Ukrainian War to justify a roundup. Despite supposedly having the largest tank army in the world, Russia’s tank corps is clearly taking it on the chin in Ukraine.

A View from the Beach - Trump Sues Hillary, Major Russiagate Figures for “Unthinkable Plot”

Newly released State memos undercut Democrats' Ukraine impeachment story | Just The News
BOMBSHELL: Key Evidence Undermining Ukraine Impeachment Narrative Withheld From Trump Defense – PJ Media

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 3/23/2022

DOJ Wants Google to be Sanctioned for Hiding Documents
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) antitrust case filed in October 2020, specifically related to the alleged monopoly in the search market, is still ongoing.

Cafe Hayek - Some Covid Links

Two years ago today Britain locked down. Will Jones reflects.
Also reflecting on Britain’s lockdown is David McGrogan.

Pixy Misa at Ace of Spades HQ - Daily Tech News 24 March 2022

Apple's brand new M1 Ultra processor has shown up in the PassMark benchmark list...
The top-of-the-line 20-core CPU is listed just behind - oh, that's gotta hurt - just behind AMD's new 12-core Threadripper Pro 5945WX.

Again from Cafe Hayek - Some Non-Covid Links

Eric Boehm decries the Biden administration’s apparent cluelessness of economics.
Also decrying Biden’s economic cluelessness – and his penchant for cronyism – is my intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy.

One more time from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.25.22

Victory Girls: Judge Jackson & The Progressive War On Women, also, Is Putin’s Power Crumbling?
Volokh Conspiracy: More On Students’ Disruption Of The Yale Law Event

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 03/24/2022

Team Durham has requested an extension in its case against Igor Danchenko to allow time to make available to the defense ... documents. Not clear if this means Durham has stumbled on yet another batch of new information, as he did ... IG Horowitz was hiding FBI cell phones

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Four times Jackson was rattled by questions during Supreme Court hearing

• The O’Keefe Project: Surveillance edition, Times style Scott Johnson
• Durham to produce 'large volume' of classified discovery in Steele dossier source case Examiner

Maggie's Farm - Thursday morning links

Harvard Business Review: avoid word ‘competitive’ in job postings
Watch What Happens When a Mother at a School Board Meeting Tries to Read Explicit Content Served Up to Students

I leave you with Happiness is a warm pun by Bluebird of Bitterness, Friday Afternoon Skipisms from Woodsterman, and Wednesday gifdump from Wirecutter

It Is Not Just Property Crime

The decline of law and order has deadly consequences. New Orleans minors arrested, accused in Mid-City deadly carjacking

A 73-year-old woman, Linda Frickey, was killed when she was carjacked by 4 juveniles. She got tangled in the seat-belt, because they did not give her time to get out of the car, and they dragged her for blocks.

Superintendent Shaun Ferguson confirmed that one 17-year-old boy, one 16-year-old girl, and two 15-year-old girls were arrested.

Not that their arrest will constitute justice.

There is apparently a crime-surge in New Orleans, because the DA, the police and the mayor are squabbling about funding.

And because this case has gotten a fair amount of media attention, the DA has been forced to act like a DA.

While we will allow the NOPD to complete a thorough investigation, any and all persons that the evidence shows participated in the murder of this elder will be prosecuted to the absolute fullest extent of the law.

I will only believe that if they charge the 17-year-old as an adult.

There is video at that link above. It comes with a warning.

Western Civilization was nice while it lasted.

Russia's Supply Problem in Ukraine

Logistical problems have stopped more than one invading army. Vladimir Putin latest: Russian troops cut off as Belarusians sabotage railway supply lines.

Oleksandr Kamyshin, head of Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) said that after several acts of sabotage on the Belarus side of the border, that "there is no railway connection between Ukraine and Belarus."

Ukrainians have also been destroying rail infrastructure on their side of the border. (Hat tip to The Other McCain.)

As for the roll of logistics...

In 1858 Thomas Carlyle published a volume about Frederick the Great containing the following ...
. . . as our little Friend at Berlin came to know, that “an Army, like a serpent, goes upon its belly.”

Frederick the Great was King in Prussia from 1740 until 1772, and King of Prussia from 1772 until his death. (The title changed, but not the position.) Prussia became a military power under his rule.


I love knowing about new music. And this is about as new as it gets. Floor Jansen, lead singer for Nightwish, released a solo single yesterday, and while Nightwish is a Symphonic Metal band, today's song is Pop (as described by Floor).

It is so much better than the "Pop" music coming out of America today. She doesn't need AutoTune to sing. The musicians backing her are actual musicians. I think you might enjoy it. (The tympani had me double-guessing that statement about musicians for a bit, until the violins came in, and I realized what I was hearing.)

This is "Fire" by Floor Jansen. It was released as a single on Friday.

That is the "official video" and for a change, I don't mind it. If you want just the audio, that can be found at this link.

I've looked at a few of the interviews she's given, and although she has written more than one new piece of music, there is no talk of an album being in the works.

There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free COVID Test

Lots of Taxpayers' dollars made that possible. Tax Dollars: ‘Six Porsches, Six BMWs, Two Mercedes-Benzes, a Ferrari, and a Tesla’.

And with all that money flowing through the system some people took advantage. In this case, bunch of cars and two private jets.

Keep this in mind if the question ever arises why politicians sought to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory. Pharmaceutical companies made billions off the “free” vaccine. They make big contributions to politicians, and employ obbyists in Washington. “Follow the money.”

Same type of question should be asked about the lockdowns. Who made money and who went out of business?

Ukraine Update from Robert Stacy McCain

The Other McCain with more updates on Ukraine: Fighting in Nemishaeve?

Click thru for some details, link to a Radio Free Europe video about reconnaissance, and some photos (via Twitter).

Of course, it is impossible to ascertain exact information about a battlefield situation on the other side of the globe, but these limited reports indicate that the Ukraine counter-offensive is making progress. If that is the case, we should soon begin hearing about fighting around Borodyanka, a key crossroads that would logically need to be taken by Ukrainian forces seeking to surround the Russian force at Bucha.

25 March 2022

Jinjer is Raising Money for Ukrainian Relief

Since they are from Ukraine, that makes a lot of sense. Jinjer Mech

Dear friends! Over 11,000 Donation Tee's sold and 130.000€ raised in the last few weeks! Your support will not only help so many people in need but sends a much needed positive sign that they are not alone. The first donations totaling 10K have already been sent to a bomb shelter in Kyiv housing and protecting 300 people, and a Slovakian humanitarian convoy collecting urgent medical supplies, food and clothing to be delivered Uzhgorod for refugees from the Kharkiv and Chernihiv regions who have been hit hard since the war started.

Help Ukraine and get a cool Jinjer Tee.

Friday Links - 25 March

Of Arms and the Law starts us off with Alec Baldwin: words fail me. Baldwin maintains he is not responsible for anything. "Just an actor."

At least words than can be used on a family-friendly blog.

Gateway Pundit - Smash-and-Grab Thieves Steal Millions in Jewelry from Beverly Hills Jewelry Store in Broad Daylight Heist (VIDEO). I miss the rule of law.

The Feral Irishman - Say Their Names..... Brenda Aultman and Terry( Vann ) Aultman were killed. F*c*book killed the story. (Can you guess why?)

I may not know everything but I'm 100% certain of one thing.
If the races were reversed this story would still be on the news.

Chicago Contrarian - A Tale of Two Chicago Progressives

One question places the entire progressive edifice that has become Chicago and Cook County in clear perspective: Why is Mayor Lori Lightfoot at odds with the Chicago media, but Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in league with them?

The likely answer puts both Chicago and Cook County in a clear yet dire perspective.

The Post Millennial - Disney employees busted in child trafficking sting just days after corporation opposed anti-grooming law

This announcement comes after on March 9, just days ago, the CEO of Disney loudly and publicly opposed Florida's new "anti-grooming" law, which, according to polls, is supported by over 60 percent of Americans.

Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog - Coming Food Shortages? Doubt It. I disagree; there will be shortages, just maybe not in the US.

The reasoning goes that, on top of existing supply chain disruptions, Russia and Ukraine were big wheat exporters, and Russia is the world’s biggest fertilizer exporter.

Bacon Time!!!! - I Don’t Stand With Ukraine….

Being an adult in the room asking questions about an obviously contrived media/political narrative does not make anyone a “Putin Stooge.”

Power Line - How to Make Crime Vanish. Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

No sooner do we note here the out-of-control crime in San Francisco (and elsewhere in California) than we find a magical solution appear: stop collecting and reporting crime data!

Also from Power Line - We’ve Always Been at War With Eastasia. A New York Times reporter tried to lay a trap for Candace Owens; it didn't end well for the reporter.

Candace is so much smarter than a Times reporter that you knew right away this was going to be good. Candace didn’t disappoint.

The Other McCain - The Death of ‘Black Rabbit’ Crazy people are dangerous? 2 people are dead.

So now a deputy is dead, and “Black Rabbit” is likewise dead, because he flipped out when his credit card got declined at the mall.

Granite Grok - Bloomberg News on Inflation: Eat Lentils and Let Your Pets Die. I had to have something of Bloomberg's "Let them eat lentils" article.

Bloomberg says Americans should cope with soaring inflation by eating lentils instead of meat and saving on vet bills by letting their pets die. The article, headlined Inflation Stings Most If You Earn Less Than $300K.

enVolve - Durham Preparing To Produce MASSIVE Information Pile — 60,000 Documents — on Clinton-Tied, Russian Analyst Behind Steele Dossier

60,000 documents, a veritable treasure trove of information about the goings on behind the Steele dossier. Though Durham is saying he needs more time to produce all the documents

Again from The Other McCain - Russians Surrounded in ‘Bucha Pocket’?

Again, let me emphasize we must be cautious about this. However, there are estimates that about 15,000 Russian troops are in the “pocket” around Bucha, and these troops must receive tons of food, ammunition and other supplies every day in order to survive. If Ukrainian forces are able to threaten the Russian supply line, this could compel a Russian retreat from the suburbs of Kyiv or, otherwise, the “Falaise pocket” metaphor could become reality, and these Russians would find themselves surrounded and blasted into oblivion:

Pirate's Cove - Bummer: People More Worried About Inflation Despite “Historic” Job Gains

Los Angeles Has a Crime Problem

Because properly funding police, and enforcing the rule of law is unfair. Or something. Hollywood Hills homeowner targeted in armed home invasion as Los Angeles robberies rise | Fox News

LAPD Chief Michel Moore on Tuesday said robberies in Los Angeles involving a firearm have increased 44% this year.

Robberies citywide have increased nearly 18%, according to LAPD data.

And of course it is the guns' fault. The people are powerless to resist the call of the gun. Or something. It couldn't possibly be the fault of the people, who will never be held accountable, even if they are caught. (That would be unfair!)

In this case...

The suspects tied up Farrer with zip-ties and demanded the watches he kept in his home, the station reported. Farrer said he pointed to two briefcases, which the suspects grabbed before leaving.

While those briefcases were empty, the suspects still got away with a backpack of jewelry and another briefcase worth $30,000, the report said.

Good and Evil. Right and Wrong. These ideas are so antiquated.

Trump Sues Hillary Clinton, DNC Over Russian Collusion

Lying about people has consequences. Or it should anyway. Trump sues Hillary Clinton, DNC over 'unthinkable' Russia 'plot' in 2016 election

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday filed a $24 million federal lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee launched a wide-ranging “unthinkable plot” in 2016 to smear him and his campaign as colluding with Russian officials.

I expect that the Clinton will escape any responsibility for the Steele Dossier.

I Hope You Are Able to Accept Freezing in the Dark

The powers that be don't like electricity, or fossil fuels, or anything that made the 20th Century possible. What Our Betters Have In Mind For Us In The Era Of Fossil Fuel Suppression

And thus we have every federal agency, under orders from the boss, whether or not its statutory mission has anything to do with “climate,” diligently devising schemes to outdo the other agencies in the fossil fuel suppression game. It’s not just EPA scheming to force closure of perfectly good power plants, but also Interior imposing a “moratorium” on oil and gas leasing on federal lands and offshore; and FERC putting out new standards of review to make it impossible for any new gas pipeline to get approved.

Go read the whole depressing thing. (Hat tip to Maggie's Farm.)

24 March 2022

A Musical Interlude from The Daley Gator

We have Guitar Greatness Joe Satriani and Stevie Ray Vaughn Edition

One song each from two masters of the guitar. Click thru.

Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He apparently thought it would be a good idea to break into an occupied home. Iowa deputies search for burglary suspect shot by homeowner.

Bondurant is in Polk County, Iowa, and the Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

911 got a call about a home invasion before shots were fired.

“Evidence on scene indicates he was probably hit. But we have not located that person yet,” Lt. Ryan Evans said.

Click thru for more info.

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

Bureaucracies Protect Themselves — UK Edition

London's Metropolitan Police force, often known as Scotland Yard, is a mess. Cocaine, cash and jewellery stolen by corrupt cops

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, which goes by HMICFRS or sometimes HMIC, has been trying for at least 5 years to get The Met to make some reforms around hiring, evidence storage, Information Technology monitoring and other things to try and get some control on corruption. Some of the problems go back at least as far as a high-profile murder in 1987. The Met Police has failed to learn anything from their failure in that case. By and large, nothing has been done about the recommendations from HMICFRS.

An independent inquiry into how the force handled [that 1987] case found it was institutionally corrupt, saying it had concealed or denied failings to protect its reputation.

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”

The current set of problems/recommendations make it seem as though the organization is insane.

Hiring: The Metropolitan Police Department is hiring people with criminal records, and with ties to known criminals, without even bothering to check.

Evidence: Is for the most part not secured, and tends to go missing.

Across the board, the report flagged concerns with security measures in stations and evidence rooms gave corrupt staff "ample opportunity" to interfere with seized property and evidence.

In one of the stations investigated, the security code for a store was written on its door.

This has resulted in the "loss" of cash, drugs, and jewelry.

IT monitoring: The Met is not tracking the use of its information technology systems to be sure that no is accessing data illegally.

This was all brought into sharp focus by the abduction, rape, and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving member of the Metropolitan police. Cops also did quite a lot - later deemed to be illegal - to squash protests about the death. Hey, they were protests about police, really. But there was more...

The issue was further heightened earlier this year after messages between officers were shared which joked about rape.

In the face of all of that, and more, the cops still are not willing to change.

The panel that looked into Morgan’s murder, set up by the government, reported last year and found the Met to be institutionally corrupt. In part, that was because the force was slow to hand over documents requested, and was accused of trying to cover up to protect its reputation instead of doing the right thing.

The Criminal Justice System. In some cases Criminal. Not interested in Justice, but only interested in protecting "The System," its reputation, and the people inside. (Hat tip, indirectly, to Clayton Cramer.)

News from Ukraine from The Other McCain

The Other McCain has been doing a great job of keeping me informed of what's going on over there. I don't have much stomach the regular news, and I have been trying to avoid the political side of social media, since it is infuriating.

The first story is that a Guards regiment has been destroyed. UKRAINE: Most Shocking News So Far

Multiple outlets are reporting that an elite Russian airborne regiment, the 331st Guards, has been wiped out in the fighting near Kyiv. Both the regimental commander, Col. Sergei Sukharev (pictured above) and his deputy, Major Sergei Krylov, have been confirmed by the Russians as killed in action, which lends credence to the otherwise unbelievable claim that an entire regiment of paratroopers is now hors de combat.

As in the old Soviet Union, in the Russian military only the elite units are given the "Guards" designation.

Russian casualties are quite high. From Bad to Worse for Russia in Ukraine

Supposedly, a pro-Putin tabloid in Moscow published (and then deleted) an official tally of Russia’s casualties in Ukraine — nearly 10,000 killed and more than 15,000 injured/wounded as of Monday. Do the math, and they’re suffering casualties at the rate of about 400 KIA and 650 wounded daily.

That is about 10 times the rate of casualties as the US suffered in the worst year in Vietman. That is a severe level of killed and wounded.

Another important bit of news from The Other McCain - Key Victory for Ukraine?

The “fierce battle” that drove the Russians out of Makariv almost certainly added to the death toll for Putin’s army. The Ukrainians have wiped out entire regiments of the Russian army, and killed a half-dozen of their top commanders, and the higher the price the Russians are made to pay in blood, the more likely they are to decide that their invasion is a bad bargain.

The Ukrainians are doing much better than most people expected.

23 March 2022

A Musical Interlude from The Feral Irishman

This is nice. I had not heard Alan Morse, or if I did, I didn't know who he was. ♫♪♫ Another Pandora Find.. Alan Morse, First Funk ...♫♪♫ This kicks ass....... Never heard of him

This is from a solo project by Alan Morse, the 2007 album Four O'clock and Hysteria. Alan Morse is "known" for being a founding member of the band Spock's Beard. Though I haven't heard of them either. And it was a bit tough to find info. There is some information on Bandcamp for Spock's Beard, like they are out of Los Angeles, and have 3 albums. I'm not sure whether or not they are active at the present time.

There will be some research in the future.

Click thru for "First Funk" from Four O'clock and Hysteria.

Wednesday Link Roundup - 23 March

Flopping Aces starts us off with a link I missed on Saturday - The Week in Radical Leftism, 3/18/2022

Mencken could not have said it better

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Pacific Pundit covers NBC altering a photo on fake woman swimmer Lia Thomas
  2. The First Street Journal discusses Free Speech at the NY Times

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

Watts Up With That - Proxy Rates of Sea Level Rise
Freedom Is Just Another Word… - Saturday Memes ….

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 03.22.22

First Street Journal: NYT Says “America Has A Free Speech Problem” Without Admitting They’re Part Of The Problem
Gates Of Vienna: Dispatches From The Killing Fields

Political Hat - News of the Week (March 20th, 2022)

Recall: New poll shows DA Chesa Boudin is in trouble
San Francisco voters have already recalled three members of the school board, not it looks like they’re poised to do the same for the city’s progressive DA.

Proof Positive - Best of the Web*

Under Cover of Darkness U.S. Senate Passes New Gun Control Laws
The Green Immoralists - Victotor Davis Hanson
Democrats Have A Plan To Lower Gas Prices

Vlad Tepes - All things Russia Vs. Ukraine for March 21, 2022

3. The Battle in Mariupol Is Intense and Filled With Western Propaganda – Russian Military Fighting Ukrainian Azov Battalions and Ultranationalists in Eastern Region

A View from the Beach - Justice Thomas Give Liberals a Thrill

An I&I poll, Are You Better Off Than A Year Ago? By 4-To-1, Americans Say ‘No’. NewsMax, Dems Fear Biden Student Debt Inaction May Reduce Young Voter Midterm Turnout, but acting would crush them with people who chose not to go to college

Chicago Boyz - Worthwhile Reading & Viewing

One root of cancel culture can be found in how we teach history
Benefits of the decline in higher education enrollments
Title VIII damage remedies as a driver of Wokeness

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 3/21/22

"There’s been a shift in Washington. The talk is no longer about sanctions on Moscow but how best to escalate U.S. involvement in the war."
The U.S. is Mindlessly Marching Toward War With Russia

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Psaki: We have no idea if Hunter Biden got a ton of money from China and Russia
Jan. 6 Committee Will Hire a Writer to Create a 'Compelling Narrative'

I leave you with Sunday gifdump from Wirecutter, Sunday Funnies For 03-20-22 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Happy Funday Everbody ~ 1 from Woodsterman, and Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces.

What Happens When the Police Are Forbidden to Maintain Order?

Lawlessness becomes rampant. Tarzana Homeowner Puts Neighborhood On Alert After Shooting Trespasser - Local News 8

This is a fairly standard story of self-defense. Stranger enters a property that is not his, confronts the homeowner, acts in a threatening manor and gets shot.

The only wrinkles in the story are that the house was vacant, it is next door to the owner's residence, and this took place in Los Angeles. It is still being viewed as self-defense.

“It’s most likely going to be some kind of self-defense on the part of the owner who did fire one round at our victim,” [LAPD Lt. Julie] Rodriguez said.

As for the homeowner, the increase in the homeless population has become an issue. A car was stolen out of his backyard.

As a result, he told his daughters, ages 5 and 10, that they are not allowed to play in their own yard “specifically because we were concerned that somebody would come back – like they did today.”

As always, these stories bring up Hobbes' description of the state of war, which exists when the breakdown of law and order takes hold.

What's the Difference Between These “Intelligence Experts” and The Stazi?

I honestly don't think that these "experts" will ever face any consequences. 'Intelligence' experts refuse to apologize for smearing Hunter Biden story

They are the supposed nonpartisan group of top spies looking out for the best interest of the nation.

But the 51 former “intelligence” officials who cast doubt on The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories in a public letter really were just desperate to get Joe Biden elected president. And more than a year later, even after their Deep State sabotage has been shown again and again to be a lie, they refuse to own up to how they undermined an election.

The NY Post was suspended from Twitter for posting the first article about Hunter Biden's laptop. Numerous people were banned - had their accounts deleted - from Twitter. I'm not on F*c*book, but I can only assume that the same shit was happening over their.

Then the NY Times decides to admit - in the bottom of a story, hidden behind a paywall - that it was in fact, Hunter's laptop.

The guy who owned the computer repair store, where Hunter Biden left the laptop, was investigated by the FBI for something about spreading false info, he was targetted by the IRS, because they are the willing stooges of the Democrats, he recieved numerous death threats, and he was forced out of business. But hey, the NY Times admitted they were wrong. 18 months later.

The whole US intelligence operation needs to be cleaned starting at the top, but maybe not going all the way to the bottom. I would like to think that some people are still good, but the higher-ups have become too political. They have become the Stazi, and the FSB and the KGB. Just with different 3-letter acronyms. They have become appendages of The Party.

Actually the answer to the question in the title of this post is, "The Stazi was more honest about who they were." They were stone-cold bastards and never pretended to be anything else.


Since Buckethead got included in one of my playlists, and I signified that I liked the song, I have been seeing more guitarists being featured. I've had at least one Musical Interlude on Orianthi, for example. But today we have new music from an old favorite. (He's older than me, so I'm allowed to call him that.)

This song is "Faceless" by Joe Satriani from his (upcoming) April 2022 album, The Elephants Of Mars.

He did release another single from this album about a month before this song was released in February, but I didn't like that first offering as much as I like this one. I will have to listen to that other single again.

This album I actually was referred to on social media. It does have some redeeming values.

22 March 2022

Tuesday Links - 22 March

The Other McCain - Is Ace of Spades ‘Cruel’?. How Ace became Ace, and the origins of his disdain for the establishment Repubs who want to back to the "glory days" of Dubya.

The backstory of how Ace became Ace is rather interesting. He has a law degree from a reputable university and had been working as a lawyer before developing anxiety issues that made it impossible for him to keep doing that, and then started blogging as a hobby while recovering, but then had such success as a blogger that his “recovery” became more or less moot.

Robert Spencer at PJ Media - Hey, What Happened to the 51 Intel Agents Who Assured Us Hunter's Laptop was Russian Disinformation?

The whole world knows now that Hunter Biden’s legendary laptop is real, and as Matt Margolis noted Friday, “all that’s left is anger — anger at how the media and Big Tech deliberately suppressed this damaging story about Hunter Biden to protect Joe Biden in the waning weeks of the presidential campaign.” Foremost among those protecting Old Joe were 51 senior American intelligence officials who on Oct. 19, 2020, published a statement asserting that “the arrival on the US political scene of emails purportedly belonging to Vice President Biden’s son Hunter, much of it related to his time serving on the Board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.” It wasn’t. None of these alleged intel agents, however, have come clean and admitted that they lied and that Hunter’s laptop was genuine. Not a single one.

Again from The Other McCain - Can You Say ‘Hate Hoax,’ Boys and Girls?

Nothing suspicious about this at all.

Allah's Willing Executioners - Sweden: Groups of Muslim migrants tried to force their way into a housing complex where Ukrainian refugee women were staying and Somalis had threatened and terrorised them right into their rooms

According to the volunteers, many of the women were so shaken by the events that they regretted having fled to Sweden. Some would even have liked to stay in Ukraine despite the war.

Again from The Other McCain - ‘Well, Those Ukraine Girls Really Knock Me Out, They Leave the West Behind’ Robert Stacy McCain has a unique take on immigration policy, and bit of Beatles trivia.

Permit me to reiterate my longstanding “Don’t Deport the Hotties” exemption to my otherwise xenophobic immigration policy.

Chicago Boyz - Deliberate Disempowerment. On the rush of Europe to abandon reliable power sources.

Yet the leaders of the West have, with few exceptions, chosen to reduce the relative power of their countries through their opposition to fossil fuel production and use combined with hostility toward further development of nuclear energy—or even the continued operation of existing nuclear plants. There has been little evidence of serious thinking about realistic limitations of intermittent power sources, even as countries have rushed to make themselves dependent on such sources…nor is there much evidence of serious thinking about the critical-mineral dependencies created by a large-scale switch to wind, solar, and batteries.

The Daily Wire - Megyn Kelly Slams Lia Thomas: This ‘Is Not The Women’s Champion’ And Has ‘Some Nerve’ Pretending To Be. (Hat tip to Small Dead Animals, who expects the cancel mob to descend.)

There is a way to allow TG [Transgender] rights without decimating women’s sports. This ain’t it.

JoNova - A Kalibr Missile just hit Net Zero: Germany wakes old coal plants, UK talks of backflip on gas, oil, fracking too

Get ready for the Great Reenergize-ment, we’ve reached a tipping point. Even the elite believers know a real threat when they see one. The ruling class, sitting on cushy taxpayer salaries, weren’t threatened by higher fuel prices and carbon taxes, but Russian missiles are another thing.

Smallest Minority - And Then There Were 23

Alabama joined the family of Constitutional Carry states, or at least it will as soon as the law goes into effect on January 1, 2023, and it is joined by Ohio.