31 March 2023

Friday Links - 31 March

Wombat-socho is up first with a post I should have included on Tuesday. Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday: Riley Gaines

Swimmer Riley Gaines, who competed for the University of Kentucky in the NCAA finals against infamous troon “Lia” Thomas, has had some harsh words for the NCAA and also for elite athletes who thanked her privately for coming out against “transgender” men in women’s sports.

The Other McCain - Nashville Shooting: Expert on Violence Agrees That Crazy People Are Dangerous

Oh, she killed six people including three kids, but the IMPORTANT thing is to make sure we use the “correct” pronouns. Gotcha.

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Miscellanea. AC offers up some sanity in an insane world.

I do have one question. What the fuck are people thinking?

The mix of bad ideas repeated on a loop and growing weirdness is unstable. The Bidenverse’s inevitable decay has gone to ludicrous speed.

Tuna at Chant du Départ - It all started with a woman's suggestion!!

I came across what is probably a little known piece of history that covers the beginnings of the car radio to the development of a highly successful aircraft. I got it through email, but I also found it on the interwebs. This link has most of the story, but not as in depth as the one I'm sharing below. Enjoy.

Again from The Other McCain - The Unlimited Wretchedness of MSNBC

But being a liberal in the media means never having to question your values, because you are surrounded by like-minded people, and are never challenged by anyone whose opinion makes any difference to your well-being. In fact, liberalism endows its advocates with carte blanche, a practically unlimited license to misbehave, so that Jeffrey Toobin can masturbate during a Zoom meeting with his CNN colleagues without damaging his career prospects. And if you work for MSNBC, you can say anything — anything at all — as long as you never forget that your main job is to blame Republicans for all evil in the world:

Chicks on the Right - This Is Where We Are. You Good?

This is the way. Ridiculing the absurdity of how low the transactivist community has taken the country. Exposing its complete lack of logic and its denial of basic science.

Pirate's Cove - Kentucky Passes Big Law To Protect Kids From Groomers, Women From Gender Confused

This has obviously made the groomers very upset, like those at the Washington Post

Clayton Cramer - There Was a Warning

Not enough time for police to intervene but still a warning.

Finally from The Other McCain - BREAKING: TRUMP INDICTED

You can read the whole thing. Basically, Democrats want to outlaw opposition. Trump’s real crime — why he’s actually being prosecuted — is that he beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. So now they’ve gotten one of their reliable party henchmen, Soros-funded DA Bragg, to convene a grand jury in Manhattan (where Hillary got 87% of the vote in 2016) to indict Trump on the basis of a far-fetched theory that the payment to Stormy Daniels was somehow felonious.

WaPo Doesn't Like Facts

From Bearing Arms: WaPo wrestles with 400-million privately owned guns

They take apart a WaPoo article on the AR-15. There are a lot of problems, but this is perhaps the stupidest. The article claims that the AR-15 didn't exist before the 2000s. (You can debunk the following by going to the WiKi.) Then what was it exactly that Clinton's ban targetted in the 1990s?

Now, I have no idea where Bump got his claim that AR-15s and other modern sporting rifles didn’t exist as a consumer product until the early 2000s, especially since his employer just ran a 10-part series on the AR-15 that included a look at how it’s been marketed since the 1960s, but that mistake pales in comparison to the idea that public safety is tied to the number of firearms in the hands of peaceable Americans.

Click thru. (Hat tip MaddMedic)

NYPD - Ads Will Solve The Staffing Problem

Because advertising agencies can cure all the recruitment problems of NYPD. NYPD re-ups contract with LA ad agency amid recruitment woes

All the problems. Like low pay, and insane politicians, and the "Defund" crowd, etc. will all be solved by the right advertisement. Or maybe not.

Maybe this ad agency is going have a harder time applying lipstick to that pig. (No pun intended.)

The NYPD has quietly renewed a multi-million-dollar contract with a Hollywood ad agency in an effort to attract new cops — as the department struggles to increase recruitment levels while facing a mass exodus of officers.

Yeah, that will work.

But last year, the class of new recruits joining the force was still 5% smaller than it was in 2016 — despite the department shelling out $3.7 million in advertising in 2022.

Or maybe advertising isn't the answer.

I Like My Vehicle. I Like My Life More

Would calling the police be pointless in this case? Man shot in arm confronting carjackers on city’s West Side, San Antonio police say

According to police, the man had been the victim of a carjacking and later found his vehicle at a West Side E-Z Shop at the corner of West Military Drive and Timbercreek Drive. That’s when, police say, he went to confront the assailants inside the store.

They opened fire striking him in the arm. He could have been hit in the head or the heart. He should feel lucky that they are terrible shots.

So he got his car back. Well, maybe. I'm sure the cops wanted to see what evidence they could get from it, since there was a shooting.

I know there will be people in the comments about how "We have to stand up to the criminals." That's fine if you think that is what you need and/or want to do.

30 March 2023

Self-defense Hat Trick in Houston

But then it is Texas. 3 would-be robbers, burglars shot in Houston while committing crimes within 24 hours

A robber tried to steal a backpack from a disabled veteran. The robber was shot for his trouble; he will survive.

A burglar got into a shootout with a retired cop. Both were shot, and both are expected to survive.

A robber decided to rob two food truck workers. He was shot and killed.

"Crime is down compared to last year, a little bit lower," said HPD Lt. Bryan Bui. "But, it can happen at any given time. You never know when it’s going to happen. People just need to watch out and be aware of their surroundings."

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The Great State of Texas. Oh, and self-defense is a human-right.

Liberal Professor Calls for Murdering People You Disagree With

The tolerant caring Left no longer exists. Liberal College Professor Placed on Leave for Suggesting it's OK to Murder Conservative Speakers | The Gateway Pundit

A professor at Wayne State University has been placed on leave after suggesting on social media that rather than shouting down conservative speakers on campus, it’s OK to murder them instead.

Higher education in America has become completely dominated by the radical left. That’s likely why this person felt free to make these comments.

Civilization was nice while it lasted. (Hat tip to Maggie's Farm)

Did The Chicago Tribune Work to Free Guilty Men?

Because journalists love to be "reformers" and they hate Criminal Justice. Justice, or criminal justice is not social justice. But then social justice is not really justice. Chicago Tribune, Eric Zorn under Fire Again | Chicago Contrarian

And it didn't help that the Cook County State's Attorney's Office was afraid of bad press, and hungry for good public relations. Justice? Don't be a fool.

There were two separate cases where the Tribune lobbied to have the convictions overturned. They both were. Neither was retried, and the CCSAO got some great press out of it. In the meantime Justice is still on vacation in the Windy City.

These are chilling claims being made in federal court about the Chicago media, but not one mainstream outlet in Chicago is willing to report on it or pursue the evidence that some exoneration cases in Chicago are being driven as much by media activism as any evidence. This would be same media talking heads regularly demanding “accountability,” “transparency,” and alleging a “code of silence” exists within the police department in one mind-numbing article after another, articles repeated time and again in a city imploding from violence by offenders who clearly have little fear of the police at all.

But then things are never quite what they seem in Chicago.

29 March 2023

Wednesday Link Roundup - 29 March

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

Victory Girls Blog has Sunday morning cafe cocktails linkage.
Vlad Tepes has links.

Political Hat - News of the Week (March 26th, 2026)

How a Private College Mandated Civics Instruction
At Pennsylvania’s Cairn University, the much-needed subject is no longer optional

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.28.23 (Morning Edition)

Power Line: The Daily Chart – The Bitter Fruit of the Left’s Cultural Assault, The FBI and the Proud Boys, Kennedy stumps the nominees, and Field this
Protein Wisdom Reborn: A Re-Declaration Of Independence

The DaleyGator - Daily Top 5

The “age of American naval dominance is over”, Jerry Hendix, a former Navy Captain warned in a high-profile article in The Atlantic.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 28 March 2023: All Turtles All The Time Edition

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a complaint against Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao for - basically - not taking the CFTC seriously. (CNBC)
On the one hand, the entire crypto industry is full of this kind of rule-bending bullshit...

Battleswarm Blog - MiniLinkSwarm for March 25, 2022

California’s leftwing Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is using his position as governor subsidize his wife’s own leftwing business empire.

Don Surber - Highlights of the week

ITEM 10: Jim Hoft reported, “Federal Judge Shoots Down Biden Efforts to Block Missouri-Louisiana-Gateway Pundit, et al’s Lawsuit Against Federal Government Violations Against Free Speech.”

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Air Vent - The True Story of Arizona Lake Election
Watts Up With That? - Germany Rebels Against EU Ban on Petrol Cars

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.28.23 (Evening Edition)

Victory Girls: Kamala Goes To Africa To Do More Of Nothing
Volokh Conspiracy: West Virginia Legislature Enacts RFRA, With Abortion Carveout, also, More Elite Law Student Foolishness, This Time at Columbia

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - Trans Day of Rage - Transgunman Kills 3 Kid 3 Adults at Nashville Christian School

Ace, Women's Rights Activist Posie Parker Physically Assaulted by Trans Extremists at a Speech in New Zealand David Strom, Trans activists get "mostly peaceful"

Vlad Tepes - Kenya and the dollar, lots on Vaxx damage, and Repressive Tolerance come Liberating Tolerance at Ottawa Train Station: Links 1, March 27, 2023

At one point, this site did a post suggesting that the main focus on nearly all lines of effort against Western Civ, from the glorification of homosexuality to the shots, has been to end the birth rate, or at least dramatically lower it.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 3/27/2023

Nashville School Shooter Identified as Transgender Artist
The Nashville school shooter who killed three children and three adults before being fatally shot by police has been identified as a 28-year-old female who ... uses “he/him” pronouns.

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

Reason‘s Robby Soave reports on yet another abominable move by the woke crowd.
The Swiss Doctor decries “lockdown lunacy.”

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Another outstanding school takes a hit for equity
Civils rights class cancelled after student feels "discomfort"

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 3/28/23

Robert Spencer: "The gravy train ran dry – and a once-great nation is aflame."
Paris Burning

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Tucker Carlson Warns About “TikTok” Senate Bill 686 and Federal Online Censorship Regime

• The one-world beast system is roaring into reality, but is anyone listening? Hohmann
• Was Massive Vote Fraud Confirmed with a Fishtail? Joe Fried

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 03/28/2023

After years of evidence that the FBI has abused its spy authorities, Congress is embarking on a bipartisan effort to revamp a key surveillance law to better protect civil liberties, including appointing special lawyers to advocate on behalf of Americans

I leave you with Sunday Funnies For 03-26-23 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, MONDAY MEMES from Granite Grok, and The shit I posted on Facebook from Wirecutter.

Compliance Does NOT Guarantee Safety

The gun-hating part of the Left loves to say, "Just give them what they want." They imply that by cooperating with violent criminals, you will be safe. They never seem to want to discuss rape in that context, though I can't imagine why.

The problem with that statement is that cooperation DOES NOT ensure your safety.

This is the Active Self Protection video Motel Clerk Gets Robbed At Gunpoint. The video is about 7 and a half minutes long.

The Department of Transportation Abandoned East Palatine, OH Because of Politics

Are we shocked? Of course not.

They approve projects based on politics. Projects in Blue States get approved. Red States? No.

This is Benny Johnson's video Federal DOT Whistleblower Exposes Dark Truth About East Palestine | BLOWS Doors Off Buttigieg LIES


I'm not certain how I ran across this song. I wouldn't usually be searching for anything related to Prince, so I assume that I was reading something about Wendy Melvoin. She was a guitarist who was a part of Prince's group The Revolution.

Anyway this song highlights the incredible singing voice that Prince had.

This is "Reflection" performed live by Prince & Wendy Melvoin on The Tavis Smiley Show, from 12 February 2004.

28 March 2023

Tuesday Links - 28 March

An article from Gavin Mortimer at The Spectator is up first. France is on a knife edge

But beneath Macron’s defiant exterior there will be a nagging worry: that the disorder is contagious, spreading from the minority of violent extremists to the majority of peaceful demonstrators. These are the ordinary men and women who have reached the end of their tether with the cost of living crisis. By instinct many will be pro-police but they are in the street because they are anti-Macron.

Impro Guns - Expedient SMG (NSW Police)

An expedient SMG seized by [New South Wales] Police after a recent drug related raid.

The Other McCain - ‘Limited Scientific Evidence’

Are you kidding me with this? What kind of “journalism” is being practiced at NPR? Perhaps the kind in which ordinary common sense is prohibited.

CDR Salamander - Fullbore Friday: good enough is great

Yep, you knew they were going to make it to FbF - The Flower Class Corvette from one of the books on Phibian's professional reading list (hey, there is an idea I never get around to), The Cruel Sea. For a 205', 33' beam 16 kt ship - she seems multi-mission to me.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 26 March 2023: Surely You Don't Care What Other People Think Edition. What's the difference between sharing data with a Chinese company and sharing it with the Chinese government?

None. The difference is none. All Chinese internet companies are entirely under the thumb of the Chinese intelligence agencies. [SNIP]

Which simply proves that TikTok is acting in bad faith. The company has claimed for years that US user data is held separate from and inaccessible to Chinese operations, but all of TikTok's internal tools have backdoors to allow China to spy on foreign users.

Wombat-socho - Fear And Loathing On The Intertubes. On the harassment of Pikamee over the playing of a video game.

A lot of trans activists online got jumped on with both boots for not policing their own bad actors, and then 4chan got into the act. Every one of the “activists’ who had bullied Pikamee got doxxed, and quite a few of them shut down their Twitter accounts – but not before 4chan and others brought the receipts and exposed them as the lying bullies they were.

Juliette Ochieng - California From the Inside: How I knew they were lying. Apparently there is a new mask mandate in Calif.

Now, since the new mask “mandate” of 2023, I see a lot more people wearing them than was so in the last 18 months or so, but I can’t remember the last time I put on one and no one has accosted me about it. Hey, it might be Black Woman Privilege, but I don’t think so.

Victory Girls - Notre Dame Shows Stanford How Free Speech Works

One can applaud Dean Martinez for her commitment to free speech, while also applauding Notre Dame. After the Stanford brouhaha, the Notre Dame chapter of the Federalist Society invited Judge Duncan to speak on their campus.

Again from The Other McCain - BREAKING NEWS: Nashville School Shooter Is Probably Not a Trump Voter

While I always strive to avoid speculation in situations like this, the (allegedly) transgender person known as Audrey (or “Aiden”) Hale does not seem to fit the MAGA profile.

Kentucky Is Not New Jersey

Homeowners in Kentucky are likely to be armed for their own defense. One man shot after attempted burglary of Lexington home

Lexington police say that at around 3:48 AM on Sunday morning, they received a call for a possible burglary on the 100 block of Wittland Lane.

When police arrived, they found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound.

He had "non-life-threatening injuries," and was taken to a local hospital

You can file this under "He suffered a failure of the victim-selection process."

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

Electric Vehicles - A Not So Green Solution

How many minor car crashes are there every day in America? Scratched EV battery? Your insurer may have to junk the whole car | Reuters

For many electric vehicles, there is no way to repair or assess even slightly damaged battery packs after accidents, forcing insurance companies to write off cars with few miles - leading to higher premiums and undercutting gains from going electric.

And now those battery packs are piling up in scrapyards in some countries, a previously unreported and expensive gap in what was supposed to be a "circular economy."

Some companies are making it easier (somewhat) to repair or replace batteries. Tesla has made the opposite design decision.

EVs constitute only a fraction of vehicles on the road, making industry-wide data hard to come by, but the trend of low-mileage zero-emission cars being written off with minor damage is growing. Tesla's decision to make battery packs "structural" - part of the car's body - has allowed it to cut production costs but risks pushing those costs back to consumers and insurers.

One of the principles of the environmental movement from way back in the day is the 3-part mantra, "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle." EVs fall flat on the all of those fronts. They require large amounts of mining heavy metals, the batteries are difficult or impossible to recycle, and they cannot be repaired (which I take as the reuse portion of that motto). So how exactly are they saving the world?

Do you really believe that a coal-powered electric grid, subject to transmission losses and the like is more sound than a modern engine? (Hat tip to Granite Grok: Another Electric Vehicle Fail – Even Minor Collision Damage Can Equal “Junked” Vehicle)

The Blessings of Liberty, To Ourselves and Our Posterity

From The Other McCain - Inheriting a Legacy of Liberty

Our freedom as Americans — our nation’s proud claim to be liberty’s “last stand on earth” — has a history, and if we don’t teach that history to our children, how can they possibly understand how precious this legacy is?

It is worth your time to read the whole thing.

27 March 2023


Rammstein released an album in April of 2022, Zeit. They released the 5th single from the album in December.

And since Rammstein sings in German, here is a link to the lyrics and their English translation.

Rammstein videos are always interesting and sometimes disturbing. This one is no exception to the interesting rule, and doesn't rise to the level of "disturbing." OK, so it's a little disturbing; it's not as bad as some of their videos.

Adieu, Goodbye, Auf Wiedersehen

This song is "Adieu" by Rammstein from the 2022 album Zeit.

Almost 98 Percent of Mass Shootings Take Place in "Gun Free Zones"

The study covers between 1998 and 2018. Are we shocked by this? Crime Prevention Research Center brings us the following. UPDATED: Mass Public Shootings keep occurring in Gun-Free Zones: 97.8% of attacks since 1950

So they aren't really gun free zones, they are defenseless victim zones.

While the first part of the discussion here goes through each mass public shooting from 2009 to 2014 discussed in the Bloomberg report. At the end of the post, we have a response to Everytown’s response to our post.

We have since updated our information up through May 30, 2018.

Gun Free Zones - if all you do is put up a sign - Do. Not. Work. The latest example is the incident in Tampa. See the story that is after the embedded video for the canonical example.

Shocking, Gun Free Zone Sign Didn't Stop This Tampa Gunman as Bouncer Stops Potential Mass Shooting

The classic example of a gun-free-zone paving the way for the bad guy is the tragedy of Nikki and Ben Goeser. This is next-level stalking. Nikki Goeser: My husband was shot dead in a gun-free zone – Now his imprisoned killer sends me love letters

Ben and I used to run a karaoke business in the evenings, and I would usually carry my permitted concealed handgun with me. But, at the time, Tennessee did not allow carrying in restaurants that served alcohol. While I obeyed the law, Ben’s murderer did not. He had no permit to carry, and he brought a gun into a gun-free zone.

In April 2009, the murderer shot my husband seven times in front of 50 witnesses. The whole attack was recorded by the restaurant’s security cameras.

Continuing to harass his victim while he's in prison is felony stalking. Despite that, the Tennessee prison system was giving him early-release credits for good behavior. Nikki Goeser is fighting that, and trying to get new charges brought to keep him in prison. He is clearly a threat to her and people around her.

Cops Have No Sense of Humor

So a black rapper, Afroman, from LA moves to rural Ohio. The cops are sure he is up to no good, and raid his house. They find nothing.

Then he uses his surveillance video of their raid, including the destruction of his property, to show what idiots they are. So they double down. Afroman sued by law enforcement officers who raided his home

They are crybabies. They were made to look like idiots on YouTube, Instagram, etc. because they were IN FACT acting like idiots. Probably they weren't acting, but I don't know them so I can't say. Though filing this lawsuit is pretty idiotic.

The suit says that the videos have exposed them to ridicule. So here's me doing my part to extend the ridicule. They have apparently never heard of the Streisand Effect. Well, maybe now they will know that sometimes it is just better to admit defeat.

Seven members of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office who raided Joseph Foreman’s home last year are now suing him claiming, among other things, that he invaded their privacy.

Four deputies, two sergeants and a detective are claiming Foreman (a.k.a. “Afroman”) took footage of their faces obtained during the raid and used it in music videos and social media posts without their consent.

The warrant, part of which is visible in one of the videos states they are looking for a kidnapping victim and evidence of drug trafficking. What they found is nationwide ridicule for being idiots.

So in the spirit of dog-piling on the idiot cops, I will have links to the videos below. Because I feel it is my patriotic duty to highlight as many instances of cops being idiots as I can find. I will also highlight when they do good things, but in this case the cops are Grade A, Premium Idiots.

They didn't find what the warrant said they would find. They disconnected the security cameras. OK, under what legal theory do they have the right to disconnect cameras? I know they don't like to be recorded, but so what. And their records say that they seized $5,031 in cash during the raid, but when they returned the money it was $400 light. Now they claim, it was a clerical error. "There's nothing to see here. We didn't steal $400 dollars. We swear! Move along."

This is an interesting comment from Afroman. It is hard to say that he is wrong, when he says that they might have been hoping for an excuse to kill the black man.

I think they just wanted to kill me "by accident" in the raid. They wanted me to sneeze or the wind to blow the wrong way. Wanted me to pop up in my underwear holding a remote control to the TV, so they can blame - you know - the remote. So they can say that's a pistol. "I thought my partner's life was in danger."

The first song we have is embedded, because I think I like it best. "Will You Help Me Repair My Door" by Afroman.

The next song is "Lemon Pound Cake" by Afroman.

Mama's lemon pound cake, it tastes so nice.
It made the sheriff want put down his gun, and cut him a slice.

And finally we have "Why Are You Disconnecting My Video Camera?" This is my least favorite of the three, but it is still pretty funny.

United Federation of Teachers’ Against "Whiteness"

You can't make this stuff up. UFT sponsoring seminar on 'harmful effects of whiteness'

That is the United Federation of Teachers, the union that represents the teachers in New York City public schools.

News of the event has some seething — including Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli, who said he was contacted by many fuming teachers and parents wondering why fighting so-called “toxic whiteness” has become a top priority for a lefty union representing a school system plagued by poor performance in the classroom.

This is insane. But then everything about NYC is insane.

26 March 2023

Crazy People Are Dangerous

And it pays to be alert. Devil mask shooter suspect Michael Rudman tackled at Tampa strip club

An armed man wearing a devil mask on his face, dressed in red with a gun and flashlight in his hands is in custody after a Florida bouncer stopped him from entering a well-known Tampa strip club.

A bouncer outside the club wasn't paying him much heed, but then noticed that he had a gun in his hand and proceeded to stop the guy and get the gun out of hand.

There are more details if you click thru. Detectives did say that the crazy guy with the gun had been to the club the night before this incident.

One round from the gun discharged during the struggle, and two "unidentified" men came out of the club and helped the bouncer subdue the crazy guy.

The crazy guy is charged with several things including being in possession of a firearm while under a "Risk Protection Order."

It doesn't appear that the bouncer was armed security. I suppose that would be unsafe, or something.

Racist Gun-control Law in North Carolina Repealed

You would think the Liberals would celebrate. Republican Lawmakers Pass Repeal Of ‘Jim Crow’ Law, And Dems Are Seething

Or maybe not.

The law passed in 1919 was specifically meant, no matter what it said, to circumvent the 14th amendment, which meant that all gun control laws needed to be racially neutral.

The bill, SB 41, would repeal the state’s pistol purchase permit requirement that tasks local sheriffs with ensuring residents have “good moral character” before they are issued a firearm. The law, established in 1919, was intended to circumvent the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, which required that gun control laws be racially neutral, according to attorney and historian options in the North Carolina Law Review.

So progressives are actually going on about how a Jim-Crow-era law is necessary to keep the good people of North Carolina safe. Really.

Today, black North Carolinians are still nearly three times as likely to be denied a permit compared to the white population, according to the North Carolina Law Review.

One Democrat is actually going on about how allowing law-abiding black citizens to own firearms will make black communities "less safe." Natalie Murdock doesn't seem to have much faith in law-abiding black citizen to, you know, obey the law.

What this will actually do is allow the law-abiding citizens of North Carolina to defend themselves from the non-law-abiding part of the population.

25 March 2023

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 25 March

The Right Way starts things off with Top of the News

Judge Allows Lawsuit To Proceed Against Biden Administration for "Coercive Censorship," Pressuring Social Media Companies to Censor Stories... AoSHQ

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.22.23

Don Surber: Indicting Trump Is Jumping The Shark
Gates Of Vienna: Chained to the New Trivium, Vaccine Roulette, Part 2

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 24 March 2023: 8PM Lunch Edition

Google's new AI chatbot, Bard, is here, and it's an ultra-woke lying piece of shit just like ChatGPT. (Not the Bee)
Burn it all.

EBL - Trump Grand Jury Session Abruptly Cancelled? 🤯

Legal Insurrection: DA Bragg tells Grand Jury to stay home today...
RedState: Grand Jury abruptly cancelled today

Flopping Aces - The Week in Radical Leftism, 03/24/2023

3/15 – EXCLUSIVE: Grassroots Army Backs Senator’s Effort to Overturn Pentagon Abortion Policies
Every small victory adds up
3/15 – 3 Things the Left Doesn’t Want You to Say About Southern Border

Political Hat - Quick Takes – Public School Pimps: Gay Sex For 6th Graders; Surveying Middle Schoolers About Their Sexual Experiences; Fit For Students But Not The Adult Public

Telling your middle school students to divulge their entire sexual history and experience used to be something that not even the Weekly World News would have thought plausible… yet here we are…

The DaleyGator - Friday Smart Asses, Snarky Types, and Sarcastic Types

The Notorious DTW shared this recreation of Team Biden’s job as president
Earl notes the new Biden-Proof Stairs

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.23.23

American Conservative: The Real Surprise Behind Lauren Boebert’s Latest Controversy, also, What Has Washington Learned from Iraq?
American Greatness: Questions Without Answers About Ukraine

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - Bragg Balks Again

VodkaPundit at PJM, Hey, Where Did That Trump Grand Jury Go? Hat Hair's John Sexton, Grand jury will not discuss Trump case again today (Is the delay itself political?) Stephen Kruiser at PJM wonders Who Is Directing the Annoying Trump/Bragg Soap Opera?

Vlad Tepes - Alex Berenson on Raccoon Dogs, leading expert on evolutionary biology confirms two sexes: Links 1, March 24th, 2023

4. ‘That’s All There Is To It’: Famed Biologist Confirms ‘There Are Two Sexes,’ Defends J.K. Rowling
British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins confirmed that, according to his decades of study on the subject, there were only two biological sexes

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 03.24.23

Watts Up With That: Green Dictatorship? Netherlands Politicians Answering to the EU instead of Voters, also, Greta Thunberg: Doctor of Theology
Weasel Zippers: Jill Biden: “It’s Been Really Warm Because Of Global Warming”

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 3/23/2023

1% of Democrat Counties Make Up 42% of America’s Murders ...
Democrats desperately trying to spin high crime rates caused by their pro-crime policies began falsely claiming that crime was a Republican problem.

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

Lee Stitzel interviewed my GMU Econ colleague Dan Klein on academic freedom and excellence.
Also from Dan Klein is this essay on Ronald Coase on Adam Smith.

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

White People Drinking Coffee Perpetuates 'Pillar of White Supremacist Capitalism'
Insect farming is immoral?

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 3/23/23

"A veteran CPA lays it all out for you."
Auditing Biden’s So-Called Quote-Unquote "Victory"

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 03/24/2023

The Government Accountability Office has informed Headline USA that it will soon begin reviewing the FBI’s use of “assessments”—a constitutionally dubious practice that allows the bureau to target groups and individuals without evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Legal Scholar: Leaks in DOJ's case against Trump 'make a mockery of the system'

• Trump Attorney to Newsmax: Expect More Political Prosecutions: NewsMax
• How a farmer who become a billionaire was first domino that brought down banking giant Credit Suisse: Daily Mail

I leave you with Wednesday's gifs from Wirecutter, Wednesday Memes … from MaddMedic, and Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark #996

Missouri Eliminates a Class of Defenseless Victim Zones

The Left has kittens. (Is anyone surprised?) MO bill would allow guns in churches with permit | The Kansas City Star

Because it isn't like churches or synagogues have been the target of bad guys ever. And there not any instances where armed people at the church stopped a bad guy. Or is there?

Bogard said Jewish communities across the country already spend thousands of dollars on security measures to keep themselves safe from hateful people with access to guns.

“That’s money that should be going into serving our communities and serving the vulnerable and teaching people, and instead it is a Second Amendment tax on our First Amendment rights,” Bogard said.

They quote a Mennonite pastor who said that they are peaceful and shouldn't be carrying firearms. Then her parishioners won't be carrying. Of course that means that they are a voluntary defenseless victim zone. I'm sure that won't turn out badly.

You have to consider what the Jewish community in New York is going through. Orthodox Jews suing over NY gun law restrictions for synagogues. Antisemitic hate crimes have been on the rise, and Jewish individuals, businesses, schools, and synagogues have been targets of attacks. They don't feel that the state declaring them to be a gun-free-zone defenseless victim zone is the best strategy to keep their community safe. I agree.

Snow + Rain = Flooding in Southern California

Southern California has been hit with a lot of rain and snow, to the point where folks have been snowbound in part of the southern range of the Sierras for more than a week. And because they are Californians, and prepping is something only Republicans in Idaho do, they were unprepared. For snow in the California mountains

For example: Large 'HELP US!!' message spotted in SoCal snow as some residents grow desperate

Residents in the Southern California are pleading for more help as some remain in an increasingly desperate situation after a massive snowstorm overwhelmed the area.

They're distressed. "Daddy government promised to save me, but that hasn't happened." No shit. Your first mistake was assuming that the government would do anything right. Your second mistake was not having food, medicine, etc. for weeks and months at a time. "But only crazy preppers do that, right?" Well, if you had weeks of food, you wouldn't be writing "Help Us" in the snow.

If they exact same things happens again next year, the same people will be asking, Why isn't the government taking care of me?" Because it isn't their job to take care of themselves. That is someone else's job.

And really the government is doing some stuff. Juan Browne of the Blancoliro YouTube channel has some updates on the infrastructure of Southern California. And lack thereof. Actally the last part of the video is about improvements being made to the infrastructe to make several dams in the area safer than they were 10 years ago. (Oroville's near-disaster did have some impact, it seems.)

This is Juan Browne's video California Flooding 22 March 23 Tulare Lake

My Paragon

A new song from one of my favorite artists seems like a good way to start the day.

This song is "My Paragon" by Floor Jansen. It was released on March 21st. It was released in support of her album Paragon released yesterday, Friday the 24th.

24 March 2023

Who Could Have Predicted This? Everyone

This guy was always going to kill someone. Violence Against Women Update: Some Cases Are Just So … Unpredictable

Here is the basis of the prediction

So let’s add up the clues here:

  1. 2001 stabbing a man;
  2. 2014 attacking a woman with a hammer;
  3. Warrant for his arrest on probation violation;
  4. Carried a knife all the time “to protect himself”
  5. Latin Kings tattoo on his neck.

Here's how that prediction played out.

Keep your heart medication handy, folks, because you might go into cardiac arrest when I tell you that Robert Castillo had been arrested again, and is this time charged with murder after he stabbed his girlfriend 20 times during a Bible study at his sister’s home.

Click thru for the details, including his denial when told she died.

Feminists, who love to lecture us about “violence against women,” have said nothing about this case, for some reason.

So why would you associate with someone like this? Because you saw "the good in him?" That didn't work out to well in this case. There is a simple lesson here. If you hang out with bad people, bad things will happen. I would say that there are also a few other lessons, including some about the Criminal Justice System.

Friday Links - 24 March

The Other McCain is up first with The Answer Is ‘Yes’

Here’s the thing: If Democrats could “elect” Joe Biden as president — because 81 million votes, am I right? — and install the brain-damaged John Fetterman in the Senate, they don’t fear any political consequences, no matter how extreme their behavior.

Bookworm Room - Bookworm Beat 3/21/23 — the “end of the world as we know it” illustrated edition

America seems to be on the road to perdition (Trump’s arrest, bank collapses, Ukraine, gender madness, J6, and more) but, if we can still laugh, there’s hope.

Victory Girls - D.C. Residents To Fauci On Covid Vaccine: NOPE

PBS will be airing a documentary about “American Master: Dr. Tony Fauci” tomorrow. Fauci doesn’t come out looking like the hero he thinks he is.

Again from The Other McCain - Hiding In Plain Sight: Jeanette Jennings and Transgender Munchausen by Proxy

“Jazz Jennings” is the victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and the perpetrator of this atrocity is his/“her” mother, Jeanette. (By the way, the surname “Jennings” is a pseudonym.) Some day, maybe, if the world regains its sanity, psychologists will study this case as a textbook example of how manipulative neurotic mothers ruin their children’s lives.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 22 March 2023: Redacted Edition

There's a reason why you don't redact classified documents digitally - you print those suckers out and go at them with a pair of scissors.

Google's Pixel phones allowed you to recover the hidden areas of redacted or cropped images. (Bleeping Computer)
The Windows 11 Snipping Tool also allows you to recover the hidden areas of redacted or cropped images. (Bleeping Computer)

View From The Porch - Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy.

You ain't Batman and these ain't Supervillains.

The Other McCain again - Best Headline Ever?

Sure, it’s The Babylon Bee, but is it really satire? Because ever since Donald Trump beat stole the election from Hillary Clinton in 2016, it does seem as if Democrats want to criminalize opposition.

Compliance Does Not Guarantee Your Safety

The gun-hating part of the Left will tell you "Just give them what they want, and you will be safe." It would be nice if it were true, but it isn't.

Purposeful compliance is usually what you have to do at the start of an incident. "We are defenders, not offenders." That means that we are not the initiators of the bad stuff.

Statistics say that about 25% of armed robbery victims who are full compliant will be injured in their armed robbery, and that could be anything from slightly injured to all the way up to killed.

This is the Active Self Protection video Two Robberies Show Compliance Doesn't Guarantee You Won't Be Injured. It is 6 minutes long. And it is behind a "disturbing content" warning.

Under the heading of "Just give them what they want," the gun-hating part of the Left never wants to discuss rape when that comes up. I can't imagine why.

Piers Morgan Admits He Was Wrong

On COVID-19 anyway. Though credit where it is due; not many today will admit they were wrong, not even in the face of facts.

This is the TRIGGERnometry video Piers Morgan ADMITS COVID Mistakes

He still is wrong about guns, but he at least admits he was insulting.

TRIGGERnometry is the us the product of Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster. Like a lot of people I became aware of Konstantin Kisin after his speech at an Oxford Union debate on Carbon Emissions went viral.

AI Becomes Cheap, Next It Will Be Everywhere

You can't stop an idea. The genie escapes: Stanford copies the ChatGPT AI for less than $600

Stanford's Alpaca AI performs similarly to the astonishing ChatGPT on many tasks – but it's built on an open-source language model and cost less than US$600 to train up. It seems these godlike AIs are already frighteningly cheap and easy to replicate.

It is called Alpaca because it is based on Meta's open-source LLaMA 7B language model.

Six months ago, only researchers and boffins were following the development of large language models. But ChatGPT's launch late last year sent a rocket up humanity's backside: machines are now able to communicate in a way pretty much indistinguishable from humans. They're able to write text and even programming code across a dizzying array of subject areas in seconds, often of a very high standard. They're improving at a meteoric rate, as the launch of GPT-4 illustrates, and they stand to fundamentally transform human society like few other technologies could, by potentially automating a range of job tasks – particularly among white-collar workers – people might previously have thought of as impossible.

Companies working in AI, and even Open AI are working to restrict that, but it is all via terms and conditions, and all of LLaMA model was leaked on 4chan within a week of its announcement.

You can't stop an idea, not even a bad idea.

So what's to stop basically anyone from creating their own pet AI now, for a hundred bucks or so, and training it however they choose? Well, OpenAI's terms of service do say "you may not ... use output from the Services to develop models that compete with OpenAI." And Meta says it's only letting academic researchers use LLaMA under non-commercial licenses at this stage, although that's a moot point, since the entire LLaMA model was leaked on 4chan a week after it was announced.

Oh, and another group says it's managed to eliminate the cloud computing cost, releasing more code on Github that can run on a Raspberry Pi, and complete the training process within five hours on a single high-end nVidia RTX 4090 graphics card.

What's to stop anyone from running amok? Absolutely nothing.

Welcome to the brave new world. I hope it doesn't turn into one of the many versions of dystopia we've seen in Sci-Fi.

And for the rest of us, well, it's hard to say, but the awesome capabilities of this software could certainly be of use to an authoritarian regime, or a phishing operation, or a spammer, or any number of other dodgy individuals.

Is the Golden Age of SPAM upon us? I hope not.

23 March 2023

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Or how would you respond to an intruder in your home at 5:30 in the morning? Homeowner shot and killed intruder, police say

Officers with the DeKalb Police Department were called around 5:30 a.m. to respond to reports of shots fired at a residential home in Decatur.

This being Georgia, the neighbors were not shocked that someone protected his home.

“I mean, it’s always good to protect your home and family and stuff like that,” a neighbor said.

Georgia has the Castle Doctrine. The reporter isn't clear on whether they have "Stand Your Ground." Since the defender was at home, Castle Doctrine applies. And self-defense is a human-right.

I Would Be More Grateful to the Gun Manufacturer

That is probably what ultimately kept the family safe. Family Grateful For Rogers County Dispatcher After Man Tries To Break Into Home

Courtney Williams tried to break into a random house after getting into a hit-and-run accident and then running out of gas.

The Swinneys were sound asleep when they woke around 1 a.m. to their worst nightmare.

"I kept hearing bang bang and it just was reverberating through the walls," said Jennifer Swinney.

The husband screamed that he was armed, and the nut job never made it into the house.

Cops did eventually arrest Williams, and he kept changing his story. Cops used the terms "medicated" and "Under the influence." Crazy people are dangerous, and so are people under the influence.

As for if the homeowner actually had to defend himself...

"By this man's grace and the grace of God, he wasn't shot. Certainly, our homeowner would have been well within his rights. This guy's in his castle and we've got our knucklehead out here trying to kick the door down," said Sheriff Scott Walton, RCSO.

Oklahoma after all has not morphed into New Jersey. And self-defense is a human-right.

Oklahoma Bill Makes It Easier to Arm Teachers

The Left immediately has kittens. House Republicans pass bill to loosen requirements for teachers having firearms in classrooms

House Bill 2139 would add a concealed carry license to the list of approved licenses teachers must obtain in order to bring a gun into the classroom.

Current law states teachers must hold an armed security guard license or a valid reserve certification as a peace officer, in order to carry on campus.

The argument against arming teachers? "My gun is just hanging out" if I'm doing something.

If your gun is "just hanging out" you're a fucking idiot. But that is the Left.

So the bill passed along party lines, 79 to 20, and heads to the Senate.

And here is a picture of the most useless group of people in Texas, the Uvalde SWAT Team. We arm teachers, so lives are not lost thinking we can rely on people like this. (But hey, they are diverse, and they look cool - at least they think they do!)

Addicted to Fear

From The Other McCain we have The COVID-19 Fetish Community

Imagine wearing a respirator, not a cloth or paper mask, but a respirator - it is what I wear when I am working with epoxy and other toxic stuff - everyday. For fear of Covid, of course.

John Hoge blogged about the person pictured above with the headline “I’m Not Making This Up, You Know,” and yet at first, I didn’t believe it. Surely, I thought, this must be some kind of satire — a 4chan troll, a parody of extreme COVID-19 paranoia. But then I checked her Twitter timeline and discovered that (a) not only is she real, but (b) she’s part of an online hive of thousands of viral panic-mongers.

I guess I'm not surprised that people are still manipulated by the fear mongers. After all, it wasn't that long ago that a majority of people were manipulated.

Far be it from me to spread “misinformation” or “conspiracy theories,” but when an industry lobbies government to make their products mandatory? Wake up and smell the corruption.

Click thru for a photo the insanity.

22 March 2023

Wednesday Link Roundup - 22 March

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

  1. Moonbattery notes yet another hate hoax
  2. Legal Insurrection highlights NY lowering minimum scores for math and English

EBL - Fat Alexander Vindman and Ukraine War Profiteering? 🤑🇺🇦💸

There are a lot of people making a lot of money off Ukraine Aid.
Not a patriot--American or Ukrainian, just a grifter?

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.21.23 (Morning Edition)

American Conservative: And the Winner Is, also, The War by Women
American Greatness: What Happened to Stanford?

The DaleyGator - Daily Top 5

Democrats ‘don’t give a crap’ about kids, gun violence, or civil rights
What makes anyone think the fascist far left cares about anything at all but the selfish pursuit of power over the people?

Bacon Time - Sunday Linkage

The Air Vent - Federal Audit Reveals Covid Development Details
Watts Up With That? - The Danger Of Short Datasets

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 3/20/2023

Disney to Cut 4,000 ‘Redundant and Disposable’ Jobs Starting in April
The upper brass at The Walt Disney Company is reportedly set to reduce their workforce by 4,000 employees, which is set to save the entertainment juggernaut around $5.5 billion.

Political Hat - News of the Week (March 19th, 2023)

Maryland Becomes Latest State to Ban New Gas-Powered Car Sales After 2035
Maryland becomes the 5th state to follow California off the green-energy cliff.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 20 March 2023: Pest Toast Edition

There's a teeny tiny bug in the Samsung Exynos chipsets used in some minor, unpopular devices, like Google's Pixel 6 and 7, Samsung's S22 and various mid-range models, and the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5.

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - Is Today the Day?

Vicky Taft also at PJ Media wonders Is NYC District Attorney Prepping the Jeffrey Epstein Suite at Rikers for Re-Elect Trump HQ? George Parry at Am Spec on Arresting Trump "Trump’s real crime is that he challenged and undermined the established political order."

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.21.23 (Evening Edition)

Dana Loesch: No One Cares How You Have Sex, also, The Art Of “Munich-ing”
Don Surber: No One Is Safe From Lefty Loons

Don Surber - Highlights of the Week

ITEM 5: Zero Hedge reported, “Brigitte Macron, the First Lady of France, filed a complaint last year against two women who uploaded a YouTube video titled Brigitte Macron is a man.

Vlad Tepes - Great news in Netherlands, how they lie with stats, France is on the brink: Links 1, March 21, 2023

3. Interesting video showing the statistical method that can be used to cheat real numbers and make it look like vaccinated people have a much higher survival rate when in reality it was identical (in this example)

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

Robertas Bakula describes “the dark magic of promotio competitio.”
“Chances are higher that France is the future of America than the converse. Hence, even an American should not disregard this post.”

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 3/21/23

"Trump’s real crime is that he challenged and undermined the established political order."
Arresting Trump

Maggie's Farm - Tuesday morning links

Miami Beach mayor declares state of emergency - "We don't want spring break in our city"
Manhattan prosecutor's office reportedly 'in chaos'

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Stop the Administrative State by Using the Administrative Procedures Act

• We are governed by clowns, San Francisco edition David Strom
• Crazy New York law may tank many employers Jazz Shaw

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 03/20/2023

Hunter Biden threatens lawsuit against Roger Stone, demands apology.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother believes Jeffrey Epstein was murdered.

I leave you with Sunday Memes … from MaddMedic, Sunday Funnies For 03-19-23 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, Sunday funnies from Bluebird of Bitterness, and And how's your Monday going? gifdump from Wirecutter.

Open Borders - What Could Go Wrong

Terrorism? What are you talking about. Border Agents Arrest 16 People on FBI’s Terror Watchlist at Mexico Crossing

US Border Patrol agents stopped 16 people on the FBI’s terror watch list who illegally crossed into the country from Mexico, authorities said this week — with new data showing border arrests this year are on pace to surpass 2022’s record.

16 people in one week. And those are the people the caught.

The number has jumped considerably compared to 157 in the fiscal year 2021 and 196 in the fiscal year 2020. Between 2017 and 2020 there were eight terror watch-list arrests between ports of entry and in 2021 there were only 15.

The Biden administration has presided over a record surge in illegal immigration — with nearly 2.4 million illegal border-crossing arrests in fiscal year 2022.

There are so many things wrong about what is going on at the border. Terror is high on my list of the worst that could happen.

The Destruction of California

I'm not sure why YouTube dropped this in my path. It isn't Woke so they shouldn't be pushing it, and I don't' watch much political commentary on YT. Some, but most of my YT viewing is either about movies and other pop culture, or music.

California Insider is a channel hosted by Siyamak Khorrami of The Epoch Times Southern California. The video embedded below is about the destruction of Santa Monica - home to the famous pier. It had been a tourist destination for decades. It has shown up in any number of TV shows and movies. Now it is overrun by homelessness, drugs, and crime. Since it is a long video, I went searching for a shorter version. While I didn't find a short on the video in question, it wasn't hard to find one on the same topic. That topic is how rogue prosecutors, who refuse to prosecute crime, are destroying California. It applies to other places as well, such as Chicago, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, but today's video is from The Left Coast.

This is a short video, less than 1 minute, from California Insider titled One Minute To Understand How California Is Becoming Unsafe.

This is California Insider's long-form video Resident Tells How California's Famous Beach Town Is Getting Unsafe | Matt Wilson. It is 27 minute video, so plan accordingly. If you don't have 27 minutes, I can completely recommend the first two minutes, which is the intro; it is not quite the tl;dr version. Maybe watch that now and watch the rest another time.

Monsieur's Departure

Here is a song that has some energy, but won't be too jarring before the coffee has a chance to take hold. It is from a band I really like. I think I most like the quality of the vocals.

Qntal describes themselves as Electro-medieval, though I usually think of them as Darkwave, which may not be correct. They are German, but sing in several languages, including - as we have today - in English. Even though they are singing in English, here's a link to the lyrics in case you want them.

This is "Monsieur's Departure" by Qntal from the 2006 album Qntal V: Silver Swan.

21 March 2023

Why Does This All Sound Like Operation Blue Beam?

I didn't used to be much for conspiracy theories, but given that so many appear to have been proved true, you have to look at the rest... Pentagon Officials Suggest that Alien Mothership May Visit Our Solar System and Launch Smaller Probes to Earth (VIDEO) | The Gateway Pundit

Pentagon officials suggested in a draft paper that alien visitors to our solar system might be sending out smaller probes to Earth similar to NASA’s missions studying other worlds, New York Posted.

From the UFO patents, to the San Diego Tic Tac, to the Air Force shooting down "UFOs," there is a whole bunch of news stories that are surreal.

First off, do you really think that the Air Force could shoot down craft from a civilization that can cross interstellar space? Yes, you can be killed by a club or a spear, but it would be like a stone-age human, or an 18th Century farmer, shooting down a stealth fighter. And if it happened, don't you think a "no one left behind" motto might mean that the survivors/victims/debris would be scooped up and carried away? The whole thing has always been suspect.

Now we are all but being told that UFOs exist, and are apparently hostile. Blue Beam said that a 'simulated alien invasion' would be the pretext for impossition of a dictatorial world government.

The idea that an external threat would be used to "unite the world" was not new in 1994, with Operation Blue Beam. There was a 1963 episode of The Outer Limits entitled "The Architects of Fear" in which a group of scientists were going to simulate an alien invasion. In 1971 Ursala K. LeGuin wrote a novel titled The Lathe of Heaven where an alien invasion was seen as the only way to unite the world.

Of course I still see the Fermi Paradox as something that the true believers haven't explained away. Hand-waves do not constitute proof, not even it you want them to.

Tuesday Links - 21 March

Pirate's Cove is up first with Wait, What: Russia, Ukraine Extend Grain Deal Despite Being At, You Know, War

They’re at war, right? Why would Russia allow Ukraine to export grain when the influx of revenue helps Ukraine? Does this sound like something two warring nations would do? Would the Allies have worked a deal to let the Axis powers export material? This is very strange.

The Other McCain - ‘Stockholm Syndrome’? SVB, BLM and the Toxic Plague of Liberal White Guilt

Bert the Samoan Lawyer sent this story to me with the dry remark, “Basically, this means the taxpayers are picking up the tab for BLM”:

Mike Rowe - Off The Wall: Dirty Jobs, Refortifying, and a Recount. Happy Birthday Mike R.

Studies have shown – conclusively – that drinking Knobel Spirits while watching Dirty Jobs is an excellent way to improve the viewing experience.

Again from The Other McCain - What Happened to Charlie Sykes?

What does “conservative” mean, if it does not mean opposition to liberalism? Or to put it another way: Why should anyone vote Republican, if the GOP is going to support the same policies advocated by Democrats? Schlafly’s book clarified this point at a time when many Republican politicians (notably including Mitt Romney’s father) were responding to the liberal agenda by enthusiastically shouting, “Me, too!”

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Extreme: Rise

Warning! If you can’t do heavy metal, this may hurt. If you’re Boomerishly incapable of liking anything newer than the Beatles… run! If you think Garth Brooks is the apex of music… bail out! If you think that hippie upstart Bach went overboard with Toccata and Fugue in D minor… hurl your computer out the window. You’ve been warned.

Clayton Cramer - Victory (and My Small Part)

My part cited by the judge was testifying that these laws only applied to large quantities (30 pounds and 28 pounds being common amounts). Demonstrating that Cornell did not even have the right location for the N.Y. law was just icing on the cake.