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February 11, 2021

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MissMarple2

Catsmeat,

I like this one because it is humorous. The young Duke, having been orphaned as an infant, has been raised by an uncle who takes his charge very seriously and wants to make sure that the Duke knows his station in life. He is therefore surrounded by a passel of footmen, downstairs maids, former nurse, etc. etc. who ALL worry about his health and won't let him do anything. Consequently, he finally takes off in disguise just to see what the world outside the dukedom is like.

What's funny is all of the slang. I asked my sister (who also loves these books) where in the world she learned all of it, because it is quite accurate. Apparently Heyer had a huge library of old histories, diaries, and letters which she used. In her will she had it broken up and sold because "she was tired of people copying her." (I assume she meant other novelists.)

MissMarple2

Narciso,

Regarding the opinions in that Asean survey: a jump from 53% to the low 60's is no small feat. That Trump sure was ham-handed with his foreign policy, wasn't he?

Narciso


Too obvious even for him:

https://dailycaller.com/2021/02/11/tedros-who-lab-leak-theory-remains-open/

Catsmeat

That's fascinating about Heyer's will. I love her mystery novels, set to her own years of the 20s-50s. They have the humor--very mean but clever people--that you describe. Sounds like the plot of what you are reading tracks that of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale in some ways, but the idea of a "ruler" seeming to leave his kingdom while really roaming it incognito to find out what's truly going on is a very ancient and pleasurable one--at the end the ruler unveils himself and sets all to rights. With Trump, he was doing this finding out BEFOREHAND.

MissMarple2

https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/02/10/the-vision-thing-handy-guide-to-the-biggest-earthquake-in-human-affairs-in-2000-years/

This is a long article by the retired naval intelligence officer from whom I post from time to time. I haven't read all of it yet, but it looks quite interesting.

henry

For you Floridians... this place is on my commute. (I’m more likely to visit the two trap / skeet clubs on my commute. I don’t golf).

TMJ4

We are a hearty bunch in Wisconsin. And right now, cabin fever kicks in. But that's where some area golfers and golf centers, also, fill in the gap.

Even in five-degree weather, the Moorland Road Golf Center is busy.

Narciso


So who was on this review board


https://babalublog.com/2021/02/11/declassified-govt-report-on-u-s-ressponse-to-sonic-attacks-in-cuba-reveals-bungling-by-state-department/#comments

Neo

The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic.

It would be easier to locate Jimmy Hoffa than it would be to find that "hard-fought progress".

Narciso

They are readimg the charts upsidedown

Narciso


No 2 report


https://mobile.twitter.com/latimes/status/1359932205578002432

Narciso

Yes the thunderball reference is intended

henry

Miss M, fine article. Constitutional paradigm we grew up with us gone. We need a new vision (not Trump per se) in the face of Xiden full left turn at ramming speed. I didn’t sign up for interesting times, but here we are.

Narciso

When the regime is in league with the terrorists and seemingly every alien ppwer and this pantomine horse is playing in the background

Narciso

Every foreign power, but you get my drift.

Pinandpuller

Mark Levin be like: owning the Libtards with Vaxx and Logic.

Nah, man. Miss me with that.

Narciso

Well the alternative is to go logan on them, (if his given name is james howlett why does he go by logan)

MissMarple2

Catsmeat,

What a good way to put it: "With Trump he was doing it beforehand."

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that Trump actually fulfilled a hunger for a folk hero in our culture. I still say that is exactly his appeal to a great many people (myself included) in that he seemed to have the ability to convey what we actually were thinking, instead of droning on with lots of 5-dollar words and no action.

I honestly think that is why all of his enemies want to erase him from history as quickly as possible. Alas for them, they will not be able to. Withhold money for a presidential library? He will build the biggest damn library at Mar-a-Lago or on one of his golf courses and probably top it with a giant "Trump" sign, just to aggravate the pundits. Not only that, but he can fund it with donations from all of the Deplorables.

Having read Dyer's essay which I linked up above, I do think she is right. Things are NOT going to be the same, and we might as well accept it. I have accepted for a long time that prediction is futile, and while I remain hopeful, there really is no way to guarantee a good outcome in the immediate future. When I get so angry that I find myself wishing for military rule or an intervention by a secret group of dedicated White Hats, I know it's time to retreat to a novel and quit dwelling on Washington.

MissMarple2

henry,

I think it is very hard for people who grew up in our times to deal with the changes we have already seen, let alone what will happen in the future. While I accept that change is coming, what's difficult for me is that it keeps accelerating (hence my repeated griping about the Kroger on-line site changing).

For some time, I realized that there was corruption, but it took the Trump campaign and presidency to really pull back the curtain. The idea that we are run by a cabal of large corporations and a mixture of media and big tech is something I would have categorized as Alex Jones material a few years ago. Now I feel like I need a huge white board to write down all of the connections.

And it's not just me. My local friend feels the same way, and two of my sisters are beyond PO'd about it. It's interesting to me that several of the younger, more liberal/libertarian podcasts are in the same frame of mind.

Lots to think about in that essay, which I will probably re-read.

clarice

https://www.wsj.com/articles/wisconsins-capitol-siege-10-years-on-11612980118?st=km80vpdmhrtpwud&reflink=article_email_share

MissMarple2

Heading to bed.

Goodnight, all!

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

You're in good, crazy hands with Cal State;
A Gay Father Of Mixed-Race Children Was Too White For The San Francisco School Board

"The board ultimately moved to table the vote on Brenzel’s appointment until a more diverse group could be appointed to the Parent Advisory Council. It then voted to end the merit-based application process for Lowell High School, which the board assailed as creating “pervasive systemic racism.”"

Narciso


Its a madhouse, and of course soylent green
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ha9gO_i8B-g

Melinda

Throckmorton, 1878 is the precedent.

Dave (in MA)

Lincoln Project became the John Wilkes Booth Project so fast we barely even had time to notice it.

— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) February 12, 2021
Dave (in MA)

Twitter suspended @Project_Veritas for “repeated violations of the companies anti-doxxing policies.” Also known in investigative reporting as the routine practice of a TV news doorstop. A staple of journalism. ALL networks do it! WILL TWITTER BAN @CNN FOR THIS? House # visible! https://t.co/I2odzSvdsm

— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) February 12, 2021
Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Michael Smith:

“Conservatives are selfish and don’t care about other people. You probably read Ayn Rand.”

That was a response to my question in a discussion group in which I am a member, and it is an all-too-common perception that is hyped to make conservativism (and conservatives) appear evil.

But what the progressive left falsely calls evil is, as usual, 180 degrees from evil. It is actually nothing more than common sense, not selfish, and a benefit to all.

Anyone who has flown probably has heard the safety briefing given by the chief flight attendant – or these days, simply a video run over the entertainment system, the relevant part of which is this:

In the event of a loss of cabin pressure an oxygen mask will fall from the panel above you, pull it down and place the mask over your nose and mouth with the elastic band around your head

-Tighten the mask to fit by pulling on the elastic bands
-𝐏𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐱𝐲𝐠𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬
-Oxygen will flow through the mask even though the bag may not inflate

Notice the highlighted text – why would you put the mask on yourself first, especially if one of your children is sitting next to you?

-Because you are selfish?
-Because you hate your child?
-Because you are a coward and want to live?

No – you do it because you must preserve yourself, you must remain conscious and safe to survive before you can help other people. If you do not protect yourself first and then pass out, then you die and the person next to you who needs your help will die as well.

Classical liberalism (i.e. conservativism) is like this – we believe that we should prosper so that others have a chance. Individual success prevents us from becoming a burden to the greater society and puts us in a position to help others, whether that be through direct assistance, investing in businesses that employ people or supporting charities.

Collectivism (aka progressivism), on the other hand, is both envious AND selfish. It discourages independent actions by individuals.

Going back to the airplane example, collectivism is like preventing anyone from putting on a mask until everyone has their masks on - even if someone panics or there is a child too small to understand how to don the mask…because it is simply not fair that you can do something that somebody else cannot, so we just stop everybody from putting on a mask, right?

The end result of collectivist air safety?

You can get by with it for a while, but it eventually kills everybody on the plane.

Melinda

Good one, Steph.

(Still not ever downloading FB. Ever.)

Narciso

So filling people in on agendas of certaim parties is doxxing once upon a time they called that journalism just kidding

MJW

They are talking about invoking the 14th Amendment to bar him from running for office, even if he is acquitted by the Senate. They would still have to get 10 Republicans to go along with it.

Impeaching someone who doesn't currently hold office to prevent him from holding office would arguably amount to a Bill of Attainder. I think this would inarguably be a Bill of Attainder.

Pinandpuller

And to think, we could have had President Marco Rubix lol.

jim nj

https://www.foxnews.com/us/cuomo-aide-nursing-home-data-trump-doj

Cuomo aide tells NY Democrats administration hid nursing home data to keep it from Trump DOJ: Report
Newly released data shows that nursing home deaths were higher than previously reported

The dam has broken and info is coming out. The latest numbers indicate 15,000 nursing home deaths (including hospitals) and 9,000 Covid-19 patients shipped into nursing homes before the policy was changed.

Local TV is covering this and politicians are speaking out with calls for the governor to step down or be impeached.

The next article indicates that policy directives are still stupid:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cuomo-vaccines-hospitals-prioritize-workers-elderly

Cuomo adviser told hospitals medical staff 'must' be prioritized over elderly: report
"If, and only if, all phase 1a eligibility groups been exhausted hospitals may vaccinate individuals in the 65+ category."

Issuing guidance is useful. Issuing directives isn't, especially when the state has told people it will fine them big time if they deviate from the directives.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--I think this would inarguably be a Bill of Attainder.--

The US Constitution has come to serve the exact same purpose to the Dems that the Soviet constitution did to Stalin or Brezhnev; a fig leaf of legitimacy composed of malleable Humpty Dumpty words fit for any occasion...or crime.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Speaking of guys who need Ceauscescuing, will Andy lose his Best Performance Pretending to be a Governor Emmy over this?
That would be tragic.

Pinandpuller

Miss Catsmeat

Don’t forget that Henry V also lurked amongst the troops.

I have read some of it but it’s featured on ST:TNG and Branagh, just to keep me honest.

jim nj

Maybe Cuomo is only subject to a short news cycle over this. I get the sense though that the media now feels free to report on his failings.

The advisor suggesting that they hid the info from the FEDS for political reasons (orange man bad) is possibly the worst thing he could have said when the democrat state AG was the first one to reveal part of this.

If I was a lawyer I would file a class-action suit against the governor and his advisors.

If I remember correctly NY did something to prevent suits against hospitals and nursing homes over Covid-19 deaths, but I would argue they did that to prevent discovery showing that the governor was most responsible for the deaths.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Guy goes into a bar, there's a robot bartender. The robot says, "What will you have?"
The guy says, "Martini."
The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "168." The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.
The guy leaves, but he is curious...So he goes back into the bar.
The robot bartender says, "What will you have?"
The guy says, "Martini." Again, the robot makes a great martini gives it to the man and says, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "100." The robot then starts to talk about NASCAR, Budweiser and John Deere tractors.
The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time. He goes back into the bar. The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini," and the robot brings him another great martini. The robot then says, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "Uh, about 50." The robot leans in real close and says, "So, you people still happy you voted for Biden?"

jim nj

https://nypost.com/2021/02/11/wh-cant-say-how-it-is-refuting-belief-the-us-border-is-open/

Biden WH can’t say how it is refuting perception that the US border is open

"It is going to take some time, and we need to put in place not only a comprehensive approach to immigration by passing a law that will help address the root causes in the countries that are leading people to try to come to the United States, that fund smart security at the border, that provides a pathway to citizenship."

WTF?

"Amid the surge, a new “soft-sided facility” was established this week by the agency in Donna, Texas, to hold individuals originally staying at the Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Texas."

Is that a "tent?" In the Trump administration a "soft-sided facility" would have been known as a circus tent.

Report: Biden administration purchases and recycles the "soft-sided facilities" formerly owned by the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Corp. The facilities were most recently used to house endangered animals and geriatric performers with very large shoes and bulbous noses.

ICE and PETA were unable to comment before publication.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Interesting;
Rickards: The Only Way Out Of The Debt Death Trap; Inflation.
The Fed pegs the price of gold at $5,000 an ounce.

jim nj

Stephanie,

That's a repeat. You posted that before. It's still funny though.

jim nj

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-impeachment-lee-raskin-hole-case-jonathan-turley

Jonathan Turley: Trump impeachment – Lee-Raskin exchange reveals this glaring hole in the case
Sen. Mike Lee's objection highlights what is missing in the House case

"The House has elected to try this case of incitement of insurrection largely on circumstantial evidence and using media reports rather than witness testimony. It is trial by innuendo and implication rather than direct evidence of what former President Donald Trump knew and intended on Jan. 6."

Media reports, eye roll, can we play Michael Yon's video report tomorrow?

jim nj

Iggy,

From that article:

"I’ve said the U.S. is caught in a debt death trap.

Monetary policy won’t get us out because the velocity of money, the rate at which money changes hands, is dropping.

Printing more money alone will not change that."

You can print as much money as you want to try and goose the economy but if people who receive the money won't spend it the economy just limps along.

Pinandpuller

Michael Ironsides looks like Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp had too many drinks one night on The Island of Doctor Moreau.

MissMarple2

The recent report that the Biden administration is considering restricting the travel of Floridians is completely absurd, especially when Biden allows illegal aliens to pour across our southern border. We won’t allow Floridians to be unfairly targeted for political purposes. pic.twitter.com/h47AVuof50

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 11, 2021

Video at the link.

Pinandpuller

In the middle of 5th Avenue:

Andrew Cuomo killed people and blamed it on Trump

https://twitter.com/jackposobiec/status/1360054012628901888?s=21

Pinandpuller

Wow jim, it’s almost like the Federal Reserve is completely fake and gay.

henry

Pin, the WSJ has an editorial that points out the Fed now has to take “social equity” into account... and the economics don’t work that way. Leftist magic thinking meets oncoming freight train.

MissMarple2

https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2021/02/11/cnns-chris-cuomo-i-want-traumatize-gop-senators/

hoyden

-11f in Trump Country. We’re forecast to reach -6f. Some glow ball warming forecast for Wednesday 10f increasing to 32f a week from Sunday. Happy days!

MissMarple2

hoyden,

19 here and might get up to 27, if we get the predicted sunlight for a bit. Not as cold as you, but cold enough for me to already have on a sweatshirt over my PJ top!

Tuesday we are to be at zero.

MissMarple2

Luke Thompson
@ltthompso

· 6h
I’m enjoying the @ProjectLincoln meltdown. Truly awful people getting a comeuppance. But worth remembering they only exist because cable bookers and the NYT breathed them into existence and sustained them.
=======================================
This is true. I would never have known who Rick Wilson was had he not appeared on Fox spewing hatred right after Trump announced his candidacy.

hoyden

henry, “Leftist magic thinking meets oncoming freight train.”

Yeah and we’re the damsel tied to the tracks.

hoyden

MissMarple2, I’d love to have 19/27. Sandals, shorts, and shirtsleeve weather.

MissMarple2

Charlie Kirk
@charliekirk11
·
7h
Ron DeSantis has gotten more negative press for keeping businesses open than Andrew Cuomo has for intentionally covering up COVID deaths in nursing homes.

I wonder why?

MissMarple2

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-kpmg-uk-chairman-idUKKBN2AC0RC

The CEO of KPMG, a UK accounting firm, was forced to resign because he was caught on tape telling employees to quit moaning about the effect the pandemic has had on their lives.

Something in this story seems strange to me. I bet there is more behind this resignation.

MissMarple2

Reuters
@Reuters
·
59m
Australia will next week introduce landmark legislation to force Google and Facebook to pay publishers and broadcasters for content, a senior government official said

MissMarple2

I was going to post the picture here rather than embed it, but unfortunately it's a GIF (short video). Do click over to see this latest tacky display on the White House lawn.

Surprise Valentine’s display on North Lawn from @FLOTUS. Her office :” Valentine’s Day has always been one of her favorite holidays. Sending messages of healing, unity, hope and compassion, this is her Valentine to the country. “ They were installed overnight for the weekend. pic.twitter.com/n3PFsTqObG

— Fin Gómez (@finnygo) February 12, 2021

Maybe I am letting my bias show. Do you guys think it's tacky, or is it just me?

MissMarple2

A nice video originally by Dan Scavino:

💯 pic.twitter.com/7Nf5IaWrRU

— dan siddons (@dansiddons4) February 12, 2021
MissMarple2

Trump Campaign Senior Advisor Jason Miller on Impeachment defense Friday:

•Addressing edited clips used by House impeachment managers with context.

•Showing clips of Democratic lawmakers using aggressive rhetoric on video.

•Only utilizing one day of arguments. pic.twitter.com/U3qFQNXfjb

— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) February 12, 2021

One minute video from OAN with Jason Miller.

MissMarple2

Reuters
@Reuters
·
32m
Florida consumers 'flabbergasted' as property insurers push for double-digit rate hikes http://reut.rs/3rMdOzn

Florida property insurers are jacking up rates by double-digit percentages, blaming the hikes on lingering damage from past hurricanes, a wave of litigation, and a law that encourages lawyers to sue by allowing courts to award them big fees.
==========================================
Being the paranoid person that I am, I ask myself if these rate increases are as high as, say, those in Portland ,Oregon?

Quite a coincidence that these show up after we hear about how great Florida's economy is, how many people are moving there, how evil Ron DeSantis doesn't keep kids home from school or wear a mask, etc.

MissMarple2

henry,

Here's some more of that globull warming:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9252937/Big-freeze-continues-Britain-told-brace-four-inches-snow-50mph-gales-today.html

Thames freezes over for the first time in 60 years!

MissMarple2

https://justthenews.com/accountability/media/tucker-carlson-says-his-show-has-been-targeted-groups-funded-ford-foundation

And Soros.

Jim Eagle

Ours went up 10%, MM.

Jane

Stephanie,

You made me think, and you made me laugh! I loved the plane mask analogy - and the robot put a huge smile on my face!

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

BREAKING: Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued stunning remarks breaking with former President Trump in a new interview published Friday.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley, who served in her ambassador role under Trump, said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

The Hill

Jane

Cuomo needs to go to jail. Fine with a civil suit - but this was an intentional criminal act to murder 13,000 people. There is no dispute.

jimmyk

“Maybe Cuomo is only subject to a short news cycle over this. I get the sense though that the media now feels free to report on his failings.”

Once the left has seized power, then they turn on each other. Like I said, Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

jimmyk

Bye-bye, Nikki.

jimmyk

“Monetary policy won’t get us out because the velocity of money, the rate at which money changes hands, is dropping.”

That’s self-correcting in a hurry. Once inflation hits, cash will be like a hot potato. One of those “slowly, then all at once” things. Especially if the Fed is now distracted by “social equity” and the like.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

In a crowded city at a crowded bus stop, a stunningly beautiful young woman was waiting for the bus. She was decked out in a tight black leather mini skirt with matching leather boots and jacket. As the bus rolled up and it became her turn to get on the bus, she became aware that her skirt was too tight to allow her leg to come up to the height of the bus' first step.

So, slightly embarrassed and with a quick smile to the bus driver, she reached behind her and unzipped her skirt a little, thinking that this would give her enough slack to raise her leg.

Again she tried to make the step onto the bus only to discover she still could not make the step. So, a little more embarrassed, she once again reached behind her and unzipped her skirt a little more.

And for a second time she attempted the step and once again, much to her dismay, she could not raise her leg because of the tight skirt. So, with a coy little smile to the driver, she again unzipped the offending skirt to give a little more slack and again was unable to make the step.

About this time the big Texan that was behind her in the line picked her up easily from the waist and placed her lightly on the step of the bus.

The pretty young woman went ballistic and turned on the would-be hero, screeching at him, "How dare you touch my body! I don't even know who you are!"

At this the Texan drawled, "Well ma'am, normally I would agree with you, but after you unzipped my fly three times, I kind of figured that we were friends."

Melinda

Looks like the mud's not done flying at the "Lincoln Project", hiding cash flows via LLCs and Steve Schmidt thinks he can take out Mike Lee in a Senate run? What's the deal with the UT GOPe?

Maggie Astor @MaggieAstor
8h
NEW: The Lincoln Project is hiring an outside group to investigate John Weaver's tenure there, and six former employees and associates are calling on LP to release them from their nondisclosure agreements. Their letter is in the next tweet. w/ @dannyhakim nytimes.com/2021/02/11/us/…


Maggie Astor @MaggieAstor
8h
Here is the letter from the six former employees and associates. They are anonymous in the letter, but I have verified their identities.


Vote 'em all out
@NarcTranslator
Replying to @MaggieAstor
What's going on with this and why do I feel greasy after reading it?

Vote 'em all out @NarcTranslator
8h
Replying to @NarcTranslator @MaggieAstor
Here's another.

Prediction: Lincoln Project is going to go through some things.

https://twitter.com/NarcTranslator/status/1360088021069008899

clarice

Project veritas is back on twitter--what a big fail for them.I'm so glad they are losing big money big time

Melinda

Greg Kelly
@gregkellyusa
WOW!!!!! WATCH THEM TRY TO LIE TO US. This montage is Another “mic drop” from @DanScavino who “moves the needle” every time!!

Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 @DanScavino
pic.twitter.com/pkUC7TX7ov

https://twitter.com/gregkellyusa/status/1360202576310992898

Narciso

Now back to covering for the boeing 777 avionics nikki.

Neo

Andrew Cuomo can use his Emmy as a suppository

Narciso

Oh michael itonside from scannsrs (hes thr scariest canadian) to the admiral in x mem first class.

Melinda

Whoops. Looks like it was a municipal fundraiser in a car....

Asbury Park Press
@AsburyParkPress
Bruce Springsteen's blood-alcohol content was a quarter the legal limit when he was charged with DUI on Sandy Hook in November, a source said. app.com/story/news/loc…

https://twitter.com/AsburyParkPress/status/1359652642729902085

Buckeye

Nikki heard that the Lincoln project pays very well, and they have an opening.

Narciso

Windsor mann, shirley, might be one of those dr. Evil groomed.

Neo

Given the convoluted logic of the Senate trial, if Trump is convicted does Mike Pence become the ex-President or the President ?

Melinda

Clark Griswold couldn't get a Christmas display to do this even by accident.

J.D. Vance
@JDVance1
Without Ryan’s hard work we’d have no idea that the Lincoln Project actively covered for sexual deviants

Ryan James Girdusky @RyanGirdusky
They deleted this right after George Conway tweeted this.

The Lincoln Project is on a full meltdown


J.D. Vance @JDVance1
9h
Everyone with a brain knew it was a joke of an organization. Now we know it was much worse.

https://twitter.com/JDVance1/status/1360084460855820288

Narciso

Thats rules out the board of the mclellan project.

Len

MM2 - If Melania had orchestrated that pandering propaganda heart display, the media screeching would be deafening.

Marlene

Good Morning! My coffee pot died this morning! What a trauma! I've been looking at the Florida atlas to find a swampy back road out of Florida in May. We can drive hubby's Jeep out of here in May and break the blockade! :)

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Michael Smith
·
I keep hearing establishment Republicans, lead primarily by a cabal of quisling Republicans in Congress (Mitt Romney and Adam Kinzinger), rail against something they call “Trumpism”, apparently referring to the form of populist, activist conservativism brought to Washington by the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016.

To these people I ask, what have you or your brand of conservativism/Republicanism accomplished?

The go-along to get-along attitude of the traditional Republican Party gave us Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon (a Republican who was far more progressive than conservative), the 895-day placeholder president Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Joe Dementia, a constant string of progressive politicians of varying degree, broken only by the terms of Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989 and Donald Trump from 2017 to 2021.

If you do not believe we have trended toward a collectivist, authoritarian state, just ask yourself this question: over your lifetime, how many things now require government approval or notification than did 5, 10, 15, 20 – and for those of us a little longer in the tooth – 30, 40 or 50 years ago. What simple and innocuous things did you do when you were a kid that are prohibited or would result in a fine today?

Ace of AOSHQ fame presciently described an example of this process back in 2012:
*******
I grew up on the East Coast. For a while, I lived in California.

I was blown away to learn that people could just start bonfires on the beach, whenever they liked.

Now, to be honest, I learned on this when the government was trying to crack down on the practice, but I was blown away at the idea that a private citizen could, in this country, previous to changes in this law at least, simply create a bonfire on the beach and enjoy it. Just because he wanted to.

Then I started to think like this: What kind of a mind-screw did they do on me when I should be surprised that people would be allowed to do this?

You see what I mean? My default mental state, thanks to the more statist area I grew up in (at least as far as bonfires) was that of course I wasn’t permitted by The State to build a bonfire and enjoy it…

To what extent have we internalized that the “normal” situation of our life is to be unfree, to the extent that a simple pleasure, like building a bonfire on a beach and (get this!) drinking wine while watching it burn, seems like a bizarre indulgence of a malfunctioning anarchy?

I’m angry that someone put into my head the reflexive thought: Of course, you mustn’t do that; you aren’t Allowed.

And once you’ve accepted that basic regime of requiring permission and licensing to do most everything in your life– that makes it quite easy for the state to simply begin forbidding you to do whole categories of things altogether.

After all, you’ve accepted you need a license to do this or that, and that license can only come from the government. And if the government then refuses– well, it’s up them, isn’t it? They have the right to deny you, right?

But did they?

When did they accumulate this power?

Just over the course of long decades, as a result of a thousand laws passed For the Public Good, and millions of decisions that it just wasn’t worth fighting over.
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And Ace’s examples were all before we underwent a year of lockdowns, state governors invoking near-dictatorial powers via public health legislation, STASI like actions of law enforcement, the willful destruction of a national economy and a current president who demands everybody wear a mask, even after vaccination, in stark contradiction to science.

The difference I see between presidents like Reagan and Trump and the Romney’s and Kinzinger’s of the world is that both Reagan and Trump recognized the leftward slide and decided a traditional America was worth fighting over. Reagan and Trump delivered for conservative Americans who just want to live their own lives in a manner of their own choosing.

It is no mere coincidence that Reagan’s 1980 campaign slogan was “Let’s Make America Great Again” and Trump’s was simply “Make America Great Again”.

I am more likely to support someone of the Reagan/Trump caliber than any establishment Republican. Of course, it is exceedingly early, but there are some out there, Ron Desantis and Kristi Noem among them.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

“There are few presidents who came into the ... job with more history engaging with Chinese leadership.” - Jen Psaki

Oh, the irony.

Melinda

"Owe"?

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
@JSaryuszWolski
„Jesteśmy winni Rosji gazociąg #NordStream jako zadośćuczynienie za nazistowskie okrucieństwa,
mówi prezydent Niemiec”

Bez komentarza !!!

⬇️

TRANSLATED FROM POLISH BY MSFT (which will no longer translate SerboCroatian, BTW)

"We owe #NordStream Russia's gas pipeline as reparations for Nazi atrocities, says the President of Germany" No comment!!! ⬇️

https://twitter.com/JSaryuszWolski/status/1359531423531741185

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

@Preet Bharara
I’m not running for anything but if I were I would hire all the people from @ProjectLincoln immediately
11:15 PM 6/28/20

Art in Newport

Nikki may be moving to occupy the last open spot on the GOP spectrum for 2024.

DeSantis, Noem, Abbott et al have taken all the conservative spots. She may be figuring that if the other candidates divide the pro-Trump primary vote, she has a chance to get the nomination as the conservative 'not-pro-Trump' candidate.

jimmyk

Art, there will be no shortage of other clean toga types running on the R side, so I doubt that strategy will work.

Melinda

Pillowed.

Officials say they still don't know why Officer Brian Sicknick died following Capitol riot
Unofficial speculation has included a head injury, chemical poisoning via bear spray, and a stroke.

https://justthenews.com/government/security/officials-say-they-still-dont-know-why-officer-brian-sicknick-died-following

Manuel Transmission

Here’s a fairly thorough report on the Kobe crash.

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2021/february/10/ntsb-faults-pilots-decisions-in-bryant-crash?utm_source=epilot&utm_medium=email

I’m a bit confused as to how a pilot competent enough to fly an S-76 helo can’t glance at an artificial horizon and an altimeter and notice he’s not climbing.

BTW I just started a new aircraft log “green book” which I can safely say will be my last. The one I just finished was for the 18 yrs that we have sat behind the turbine bolted on our old Bu. A little head math reveals I’ve covered about 2MM miles, or roughly 80 trips around the world. Mrs MT added another 100K to the total before we switched to the Bu.

Art in Newport

Jimmy, no question she'll have company.

Melinda

This looks nice.

"Nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors

Abstract
Physiological effects have been observed in a human subject in response to stimulation of the skin with weak electromagnetic fields that are pulsed with certain frequencies near ½ Hz or 2.4 Hz, such as to excite a sensory resonance. Many computer monitors and TV tubes, when displaying pulsed images, emit pulsed electromagnetic fields of sufficient amplitudes to cause such excitation. It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set. For the latter, the image pulsing may be imbedded in the program material, or it may be overlaid by modulating a video stream, either as an RF signal or as a video signal. The image displayed on a computer monitor may be pulsed effectively by a simple computer program. For certain monitors, pulsed electromagnetic fields capable of exciting sensory resonances in nearby subjects may be generated even as the displayed images are pulsed with subliminal intensity."

https://patents.google.com/patent/US6506148B2/en

Melinda

A 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck at 10:54pm on 2-11-2021 about 6 miles outside of the town of Richlands in Tazewell County, VA.

sources:

http://i-1.us/8Myn?ref=androidapp

https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/region/67284/earthquakes/tazewell-county.html

Odd, I know this area very well. Not sure if that's part of the coal fields there, but well could be.

clarice

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/02/11/democrats-claim-there-was-an-armed-angry-mob-at-capitol-riot-so-where-were-all-the-guns-n1424734?utm_source=piano&utm_medium=onsite&utm_campaign=582

rse

On the role of the Fed and an emphasis on Social Justice--

The fourth installment of our virtual event series is focused on structural racism in our housing markets and its impact on economic outcomes for all Americans. Our keynote speakers will outline the historical and contemporary context of how racism, racial exclusion, and predatory inclusion have limited housing opportunities and wealth-building for communities of color. Leaders from the public, nonprofit, and academic sectors will then present policy proposals for dismantling the deep inequities in housing market valuation, mortgage lending, and patterns of housing development. These proposals will kick-start a wide-ranging conversation among researchers, policymakers, and community leaders who are committed to eliminating racial disparities in housing opportunity.

https://www.minneapolisfed.org/events/2021/racism-and-the-economy-focus-on-housing

March 1 . The last focus was on Education.

Dave (in MA)

Oh Nikki, you're not so fine
You're not so fine you lost your mind, hey Nikki, Mickey, hey Nikki

She knows which side her naan is buttered on.

rse

"health Equity and the Circle of Human Concern" features the same language kamala harris uses instinctively.

On February 1, 2021, Institute director john a. powell and staff researcher EJ Toppin published an article in the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics.

Titled, “Health Equity and the Circle of Human Concern,” the article contextualizes the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in the structural formations of society, arguing that group-based social location determines in large part exposure to the disease and access to treatment.

powell and Toppin urge as a remedy an expansion of the circle of human concern – an extension in the sphere of who is cared for and supported by society, achieved through structural and material changes to ensure that all of humanity has the ability to thrive.

They propose targeted universalism as the policy method to construct a fair and equitable healthcare system.

https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/sites/journalofethics.ama-assn.org/files/2021-01/msoc2-2102_1.pdf

Dave (in MA)

If you were betting that in February Trump would be acquitted and Cuomo would resign, hold on to that ticket.

Lying to Dem state legislators about why grandma died is a BFD even for a Dem Governor. "I did it because Trump" may not cut it as an excuse.https://t.co/xHX2hotHP1

— Tom Maguire (@Tom_Maguire) February 12, 2021
Sidwhite

The purpose of my legal question yesterday afternoon was to point out that under the US Constitution Congress can only impeach a President, VP and Civil Officers. Trump is definitely not the VP nor is he a Civil Officer. He only qualifies for impeachment as President. When the President is impeached by the house, trial in the senate requires the Chief Justice preside over the trial. There is no other option. If Roberts does not perform this duty, it is equivalent to proclaiming the process a sham.

Whatever the thingy going on within the senate this week is, it is not a constitutional presidential impeachment trial!

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