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Friday, August 18, 2017

Who's next?


“Baltimore takes down Confederate statues in middle of night”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/16/baltimore-takes-down-confederate-statues-in-middle-of-night






“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

------Martin Niemöller



If unpopular views are not allowed, who will decide what is popular?













"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tiresome BS from the Chattering Class




If I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times from the “media class.” It goes like this and is not limited to Lefties or Righties as well as the two or three in the middle.

“Trump is getting in the way of his own message.”

The crux of this is that the audience is not capable of entertaining multiple messages at the same time. That is nonsense. People hear/see/read information all the time and act on the inputs. It is the “media class” who can’t adjust to the new world and just be an information conduit.  They believe that it is their job to tell us what they think happened or was said.

This stems from the “journalism” disease that has infected most reporters. Their self-importance knows no bounds. Just as salesmen became account managers reporters became journalists. Supposedly this signified that had attended a journalism school.

However, technology rules and change happens. Among the many jobs destroyed by the Internet were telephone operators, travel agents and many retail clerks.

A few years back the average newspaper reader would read the editorial page and a few columnists during the week. Many people did neither. The Internet opened up multiple inputs to the average person. Trump understood this and tapped into it. He is now President.

He can twitter in the morning about one thing while yesterday he announced something else. This bothers no one except the media who seemingly want only to write about something else.

Mr. or Ms “Journalist”, say hello to the dinosaurs.


"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Deconstructing Tomey



I’ve been ignoring my old bud, Dark Avenger, for years. And while you would think that when nothing new is published on a unimportant blog for months then the reader would give up and not visit the blog much less comment on whatever deep  thoughts I have written after a long time off.

But no. True to form he (she?) visits me and, as per usual, goes off topic to attack something Limbaugh said.

Here’s the post with comments.


If you’ve taken the trouble to read it you would know that it has nothing to about Limbaugh or Kennedy or the Soviets. It is just me pointing out that if you believe that your boss has violated the law and/or harmed the country there is a proper way to respond and it isn’t hard to understand.

You tell your boss. And if the boss doesn’t respond properly you call up some reporters and tell them you are resigning because….

It’s called, “Doing the right thing.”

Of course this whole deal was, and is, a lie. It is just politics. That it harms the country and goes far beyond being the “loyal opposition” is the only fact.

But Tomey didn’t do that. When his boss, Loretta Lynch, told him to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter” he followed orders.

Following orders as a justification has a long and terrible history. It was the German Excuse. And I’ll bet it was the excuse of Pol Pot’s followers and Mao’s and every follower of every mass murderer in history.

This isn’t me. I’m just following orders.

Tomey had to know when Lynn directed him to down play the Hillary investigation that Lynch was obstructing justice. But he ignored that. But he couldn’t totally do that when Lynch and Bill Clinton had their meeting prior to Hillary being interviewed. But did he instruct the agents to keep a record of the interview? No he did not.

But, to his credit, it did bother him.

So he went public with all the damning facts about her private server and how its use violated the law and he would recommend she be indicted…..Oppps… Of course he didn’t do that.

What he did was decide to put out all the details but claim that since there was no intent she could not be indicted. Which, of course, is horse hockey.  And the Repubs hated him and the Demos loved him. What he had done was to turn it over to the public.

“Here’s the facts, Joe and Jane. You be the judge. My hands are clean.”

And that appeared to be that.  But then enough stuff came to light that Tomey’s conclusions of the summer were suddenly doubtful in the fall. What would happen if Hillary was elected and then impeached? Tomey’s part would be played and replayed and his judgment would be shown to be awful.

So he decided to reopen the investigation. And his Demo friends hated him and his Repub enemies suddenly loved him and the election happened.

I don’t know if the October surprise defeated Hillary. While it didn’t help I think the real reason was that she was a terrible candidate who had worn out her welcome and the reopening just reminded enough people of all the scandals, from Whitewater on, that are tied to the Clintons. Enough people just said, “Enough is enough. Trump may be all the bad the media says he is but he isn’t a Clinton.”

So what is Tomey? Tomey is all in for Tomey. Look at the proof. He now wants to protect the FBI. Really?Yet last year he tossed the question of Hillary’s crookedness back to the voters when everyone knew that Hillary was the next Prez. But when the FBI’s, and by extension his, actions could be at risk in late October, he changed horses.

But then, to make things worse, when the Demos started their crusade to impeach Trump he decided he wouldn’t say that Trump was not being investigated. Look what happened the last time he decided to say that someone couldn’t be indicted. Worse, what would happen to him if the Demos managed to oust Trump? Revenge is indeed best served cold and he could see the Demos just dying to get to him.

So when he could have said, “Knock it off. Trump is not under investigation,” and let the whole thing die, he played along.  What a dog’s life he was living running back and forth between the embedded political power case, the media and the Demos and many RINO's.

But he misjudged Trump. Trump doesn’t and didn’t play by the rules and Tomey has damaged his legacy beyond repair and the Demos have played their trump card to early in the 2018 elections.


"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper “

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sometimes I feel like a nut

Got the following from my bud Mike Lamp....
"Paraprosdokians" are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected... frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them.
1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify:' I put 'DOCTOR'.
11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
13. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure..
14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper “

Monday, May 22, 2017

AMERICAN WORKING IN MEXICO




Got this from Larry P. Been meaning to post it...
Before any more 'outrage' at the Arizona law . . . read what it's like from the other side of that fence...I Received the following from Tom O'Malley, who was a Director with S.W. BELL in Mexico City : 

"I spent five years working in Mexico. I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval. 

"During that six months our Mexican and U.S. attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a 'FM3'. It was in addition to my U.S. passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same, except hers did not permit her to work. 

"To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies): 

1. Birth certificate for Barbara and me. 

2. Marriage certificate. 

3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation. 

4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation. 

5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year. 

6. A letter from the St. Louis Chief of Police indicating that I had no arrest record in the U.S. and no outstanding  warrants and, was "a citizen in good standing". 

7.Finally, I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico . 

We called it our 'I am the greatest person on Earth' letter. It was fun to write. 

"All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations, and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side & Spanish on the right." 

"Once they were completed, Barbara and I spent about five hours, accompanied by a Mexican attorney, touring  Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times at each location, and we remember at least four locations where we were  instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. 

We could not protest any of the government's actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by U.S. Customs in Laredo , Texas . 

This meant we had rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid." 

"We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law." 

"We were required to get a Mexican driver's license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and fingerprint equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our U.S. license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was to never give a policeman your license, if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you, would have to pay ransom to get it back." 

"We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The  company's Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty legal size pages annually." 

"The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees."   

"Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens)  before our household goods were released to customs."

"It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or Congressmen went through it once, they would have a different  attitude toward Mexico ." 

"The Mexican government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and  compliant. They never protest at their capitol or government offices, but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The U.S. Embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican military surrounds the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the Embassy. These protests are never shown on U.S. or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street  where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas ." 

Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on the illegals. Right!! Most Americans of the liberal left persuasion would never understand this..Most are blind to this reality. 


"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

Saturday, May 20, 2017

How the Constellation became star of the skies



We called them “Willy Victor,” short for WV2/EC121. Here’s a nice article written by Lockheed that has some history of them.


The Connie was a sweet ride and could handle the weather and all the other problems presented by flying around the Arctic Circle and the North Pole.  

But the article barely mentions the early warning flights flown out of Keflavik by VW-11 and VW-13. The two squadrons were based in Argentia, NFLD
and deployed to ;Keflavik, Iceland for flights to the east and west looking for Soviet aircraft and missiles. The Air Force had other barriers and the Navy had barriers in the west out of Midway. There were land based radar sites in Alaska, Canada and Greenland.

Yes, boys and girls, once upon time there was a “Cold War” and it was as serious as it gets. Well, as you know, we didn’t catch any ICBM’s heading for the US but did report a few Russian “Bear” bombers who seemed to run a regular route down to Cuba who had, a few years before, helped the Soviet’s try and install missiles that could hit any target within the US before we could launch a retaliatory strike. That was kind of important because there was this thing called Mutually Assured Destruction – MAD. The plan was that if each side could destroy the other, and being rational people, then neither side would launch a first strike.  But just in case, we watched. If I remember right if we caught them launching we could give early warning which would let us launch back… The needed warning  time was around 15 minutes…and there would be no second chances.

Notice the “being rational people.” That doesn’t work with radical Islam. One of the things I would do is tell the Muslim countries that if the shit keeps up we will take out Mecca or Medina…..or maybe both. Then torch off a couple of nukes in the deserts and maybe one off the coasts of Indonesia just to be sure everyone got the message. Hopefully that would rationalize the Muslim world and they would deal with radical Islam.

But enough current events. Here’s a short amateur film showing some grainy shots of “Willy Victors” flying in and around Newfoundland. If you look close enough you can see where my wife and I lived for a while with our two girls.

Lord I’d like to go back and do it again.


 "Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper 

We have a winner!



Think about it – these tenured Leftards are giving the finger both to traditional Swedes and to Jews at the same time, while noisily proclaiming their soumission to the cult of Islam. (And yes, it is Jews that totalitarian Swedish Leftists hate, not “Israelis.”)
One also suspects that some senior Swedish diplomats stationed in Israel may have decided to decamp to cooler climes in June, so naturally their national day celebration had to give way to their Excellencies’ personal convenience.
https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/05/swedish-diplomats-move-national-holiday-to-avoid-clash-with-ramadan
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and promoted by mainstream media which holds forth the premise that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."




And she'd look good in a hijab!




"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper “