TT – Just 24 hours (and counting…)

We are now in the final 24 hour countdown to the end of our 8 year national nightmare of Left Wing Nuts and Community Organizer In Chief and “Friends of Billary” et. al. domination of the national political scene.

The RNC has also been scolded and one hopes they have heard We The People.

The Golden Haired Bull has been put on a flight to the Well Connected China Shop, long may he run amok in their ‘hallowed’ halls.

The Weepy Criers and the Tantrum Brats have headed off to D.C. too, attempting to show that by crapping in their shorts and flinging it, they have influence. My condolences to all the various policing agencies who are on Diaper Duty…

The prior thread can be picked up here:

It contains links back to the rest of the series.

So sit back and enjoy the show of how absolutely bat-shit crazy the Loony Side Of Left can be when spanked, and how hard it is for those formerly in control of the world to cope with the fact that, world wide, We The People are taking back our lives and our governments.

Do not be surprised if Soros and his ilk push all The Usual Buttons of a Color Revolution as this unfolds. “Illegitimate Election”. “Protests in the Streets”. etc. etc. Just make sure you have sharpened your pitchfork, have a freshly filled Ronsonol Lighter in the pocket, a nice tub of tar over the wood stack ready to light, and a couple of old feather pillows at the ready. Do not expect them to go quietly into this very Good Night. (Biker helmets and leathers optional…)

Enjoy the show, put your seat back in the upright and locked position, and hang on to your headset; we may be headed for a bumpy ride in the next 24, but the pilot has pointed us at fair weather and blue sky, he knows where he’s going, even if there are some dunderheads thunderheads to get past first.

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167 Responses to TT – Just 24 hours (and counting…)

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    Powergrab has some interesting links in this comment on the prior thread:

    Text is in Russian (so translate if desired) but the photos tell a lot… frozen water in a ‘warm water port’ area and Europe under snow and ice…

  2. philjourdan says:


    I’m somewhat resentful of the fact that anyone who disagreed with Obama’s policies was labeled a racist by the Yellow Stream Media (H/T SteveInCO, CTH) and the YSM were just assuming that is was white racism against a “black President.”

    YSM – I like that! It defines exactly what they are (yellow journalism). But how long before they call you racist against asians (who are no more yellow than native north Americans are red)? After all, they claim “blackholes” are racist.

    I will use that now instead of calling them the MSM. They are not really mainstream any longer.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m fond of Lame Stream Media… but I guess that makes me anti-handicapped… (despite the fact I am one…) Oh Well…

  4. u.k.(us) says:

    I always thought F-15’s would be a little better finished, guess not:

  5. Another Ian says:


    Behind a Murdoch wall but you’llfind some more amazing information if you read the bit that links it down the RHS here

    “And while he doesn’t leave his country in worse shape than he found it – – “

  6. cdquarles says:

    Argh, I missed the other thread. I like Russian as a language, though declension still bites me. Even the Latin that I was exposed to doesn’t help. Ukraine is a mess. I note that Russia only went after the historically Russian part. They did the same in Georgia (South Ossetia). That Soros aided and abetted folk here and in Western Europe fomented an illegal action (treaty violation that Vlad correctly exposed). We really should not be Russia’s enemy. I do understand why Russians think so, given Western involvement in the *two* revolutions there while the Great War was being fought. A single year of it 40 years ago makes me really rusty with it, but Cyrillic does not give me an issue. There are similarities that I note in Cyrillic to Greek and Hebrew alphabets.

  7. M Simon says:

    Re the Deep State article:

    It claims the Deep State origins as the late 1800s. The modern incarnation actually began with the East India Company and the opium wars in China. Early 1700s. Possibly earlier.

    “If the trade is ever legalized, it will cease to be profitable from that time. The more difficulties that attend it, the better for you and us.” — Directors of Jardine-Matheson

  8. R. de Haan says:

    Thanks to the Dems he still has no Cabinet…

  9. pouncer says:

    The problem I have with the idea of “the Deep State” is that it makes more plausible the claims about “Area 51” or “Umbrella Man on the Grassy Knoll” or “9/11 an Inside Job”, etc. I have never seen anything to give me the impression that our visible, top-layer, public officials — elected, appointed, or surviving by seniority to work up the civil service hierarchy — are capable of conspiring to accomplish anything significant, even secretly escaping out of a wet paper bag. So any claims that a “secret government conspiracy” (foo) planned and accomplished some catastrophe (bar) are for me quite dismissable. But to the extent a “deeper”, less visible, mid-level permanent authority is claimed to operate regardless of, or in opposition to, the official, er, officials, it is claimed a permanent “secret government conspiracy” ALREADY exists and HAS ALWAYS existed. And so then I must more seriously contemplate the possbility of “Bar”.

    The iron sun, for instance. ;)

    I prefer to suppose that Minister Hacker sometimes, if not always, puts one over on the Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey — and that Hacker will leak enough clues that any of Humphrey’s secret plans will, less directly, leak to the press. (This assumes a press interested in making money by selling news of such plans.)

    But as is often pointed out here, my preferences have no impact on how reality actually “is” or “isn’t”. So I guess we’ll see what happens with, or to, DJT, and make inferences from that.

  10. Svend Ferdinandsen says:

    Some atists have declined to perform at the ceremony (i don’t know if they were asked), but i find it unpolite and disrespectfull. It is the president of USA who is put in charge, and the presidency needs some respect whoever the person is. It shows a disrespect for half the country that elected him. It is how voting (democracy) is, some time an other winn, get over it.
    Would any artist deny to perform at the great sportsshows because the preferred team was not the winner?

  11. catweazle666 says:

    F-15 landing with one wing.

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    As I look at some of the images popping up on social media regarding the early part of the inauguration ceremonies this one caught my eye.
    Given Melania is only the second woman in history to become First Lady of the US who was foreign born, I can’t help but think looking at this image, I wonder what was going through her head as she stood there in the Lincoln Memorial.

  13. M Simon says:

    pouncer says:
    19 January 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Here is your Deep State primer. Complete with the CIA and the banks.

    The Trillion Dollar A Year Scam

    Now consider Bush 1 – a CIA operative. Then Bush 2 carrying on the family business. And almost Bush 3 having a go at it.

    Infinite smartness is not required. Just smarter (or better informed) than the other fellow. And Wet Work when necessary.

  14. M Simon says:

    Svend Ferdinandsen says:
    19 January 2017 at 10:06 pm

    The lack of respect comes from a lack of understanding – on all sides. Here is why:

  15. Gail Combs says:

    Speaking of the East India Company, I just ran across this: A Brief History of the Corporation The author DOES NOT like the East India Company! He gets a bit weird in his speculation at the end.

  16. Gail Combs says:

    For anyone, like me, who is boycotting the YellowStreamMedia, (I really like that name… so many connotations)

    Sundance has videos up at Conservative TreeHouse.

    I generally watch Rightside Broadcasting. A little start up that is challenging the Big Dogs.

  17. John F. Hultquist says:

    Today is National Popcorn Day. T-1
    So, we’ve just fixed some. Also works as a test for T0, T1, T2,…
    For these sorts of things, one does not want to be unprepared.

    A side story to the day is the singing of the National Anthem by Jackie Evancho, a 16 year old.
    Here older sibling is scheduled to undergo surgery, transitioning from Jacob to Juliet. A recent photo is here: Jackie and Juliet

    Lot of videos of Jackie singing and at least one with brother Jacob, a couple of years ago.
    Jacob sang better than I can but not like Jackie. Few can do that.

  18. Gail Combs says:

    Svend Ferdinandsen,
    I find the whole circus embarrassing as an America. We may have disliked Obummer intensely but we did not protest his inauguration. Republican Congress Critters did not vocally and enmass boycott and call the new president illegitimate…

    Makes me have great hope for the Trump presidency though.

    Mexicans returning to Mexico will not go back to USA due to tougher enforcement.

    Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

    Redneck road kill law?

  19. John Robertson says:

    Still loving the show.
    poor wee democrats,still wailing and pounding sand, if they feel so sure of their stance in bycotting the inauguration and maintaining that the duly elected President is not their president… not the “legitimate leaders”..maybe these oath sworn “public servants” had better resign.
    As that peaceful transition of power and the powers of each level of government are spelt out in that document these “worthy folk” sworn to uphold.

    Way too funny how spoilt brat like these parasites are.
    To quote a canadian career parasite,”I am entitled to my entitlements”.
    And only death or prison will dislodge these useless feeders.

    I anticipate ever more shrill and desperate bleating ,once the incoming administration gets to the budget.
    The Uniparty hacks will become insane with rage and terror.
    Also can’t wait until the DOJ revisits those “civil servants” who took the 5th before congress.
    Whole bunch of splaining comin soon.

  20. Ralph B says:
    Ace is doing a full replay of election night…what an enjoyable moment to revisit

    [ Don’t know why this went to SPAM – likely the Left Wing tagging attempt. Fished it out. Love that H.L.Mencken quote in the header… “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
    ― H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: First Series
    I think the 49% carrying the 51% has reached that point… Thank God for the Electoral College. -E.M.Smith ]

  21. p.g.sharrow says:

    It will be very interesting to see if the Trump team actually imposes real oversight and control over the Federal Bureaucracy and forces THEM to obay the laws…pg

  22. Alexander K says:

    The sheer effrontery of the Democrats who are absenting themselves from the ceremonial swearing in of the 45th POTUS is a demonstration of their disloyalty to the idea of America. What a sad, self-centred and spoiled bunch, who are demonstrating that they have no idea of the basics of democracy and decent behaviour.
    (My spelling is English English, not American English – sorry)

  23. Aron says:

    If Trump is going to drain the swamp completely, General Petraeus is going to be one of the many found on the mucky ground surface of the swamp along with Sid Blumenthal, Leon Panetta, Hillary, Huma Abedin, Marc Rich, and many, many others. Petraeus and Hillary were the ones who came up with the plan to steal and transport 20,000 Stingers and other arms from Libya to Syria, steal Gadaffi’s $295B in cash and funds in Swiss accounts, take over and sell all oil rights in Libya through an exiled Libyan, topple Gaddafi, etc. The scale of corruption and unmoral behavior is almost too unreal to believe but the research has been done thanks in part to Wikileaks and the efforts of individual researchers.

    Details can be found here:

  24. Gail Combs says:

    Description of the USA in cartoons:

  25. Gail Combs says:

    The guy in white -the professor- reminds everyone of Hubby.

  26. Gail Combs says:

    Professional Activists Are Behind ‘Chaos’ Plot Targeting Trump Inauguration with links back to Hillary’s Man Podesta…

    …Lacy MacAuley has been one of the main public faces of DisruptJ20…

    From 2011 until the end of 2013, MacCauley, who turned down a Breitbart News interview request, served as a media activist at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), which has received financing from George Soros’s Open Society Institute.

    IPS regularly partners with the Soros-funded Center for American Progress to produce joint documents and reports on progressive issues. CAP was founded by John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Podesta previously served as a counselor for President Obama’s White House and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.

    IPS and CAP previously released a “Unified Security Budget,” a list of defense spending recommendations that were partially adapted by the Obama administration….

    MacAuley’s IPS bio… reads:

    Lacy came to IPS after doing communications for a variety of progressive organizations through the progressive PR firm Massey Media LLC and as a single contractor. She has done media relations work with groups such as Project Vote and ACORN, United for Peace and Justice, Jubilee USA, Mountain Justice Summer, the IMF Resistance Network, and the Solidarity Center (international affiliate of the AFL-CIO).

    The only other contact listed on DisruptJ20’s website is for organizer Legba Carrefour….

    Another anti-inauguration protest organizer has been identified as Scott Green….

    There were also reports on CTH of a person connected to Hillary tweeting death threats being arrested by SS but I can’t find it in a search. Of course the YellowStreamMedia would never report on the guy’s connections to Hillary.

  27. Gail Combs says:

    In four more hours were are trading THIS:

    For THIS:

  28. Gail Combs says:

    Diamond & Silk with James O’Keefe (Veritas)

    View this post on Instagram

    With Diamond and Silk

    A post shared by James O'Keefe (@jamesokeefeiii) on

  29. Gail Combs says:

    The designer of Melania’s first outfit, Norisol Ferrari, is a woman who won’t let politics affect her work and just wants to empower all women. She says she is lucky to be alive. Her father is a wounded veteran and she came from Colombia/Venezuela to the U.S. with her grandfather, legally.

  30. Gail Combs says:

    The 2009 inauguration:

  31. Gail Combs says:

    Someone figured out why all the Hollywood ‘stars’ are ditching the inauguration…

    MaineCoon says:

    I know the secret reason why these Hollyweed women aren’t attending the Inauguration. Pure fear of being in the same room as Melania!! She makes the dress. They just wear it like a plastic mannequin.

  32. philjourdan says:

    We may have disliked Obummer intensely but we did not protest his inauguration.

    I did not vote for Obama for president (just for nominee), and was actually hopeful that he would turn out to be a good president (that lasted about 3 months). But I did give him a chance. After that, I pretty much ignored him. I was not running around telling everyone he was satan or evil.

    And that is the difference. These snowflakes are making Trump their whole life, instead of ignoring him. They are obsessed with something they cannot change. And I am not talking about just the millennials. The congress critters are as well! It is like they decided to leave their brains at home. They are guaranteeing that instead of getting rid of Trump, they will entrench him. Schumer? On the one hand it is kind of nice to know that he is as stupid as the republicans, but dude! You do not telegraph your game plan before the first play of the game! Trump now knows he has no need of making any concessions to you since you have stated none will cause you to work with him! You took yourself out of the game before it started! You are an idiot.

    But then all of them are idiots. They are making sure they cannot influence the country for the next 4 years due to the simple fact they are acting like spoiled children. And since they are not my children, it is easy to ignore them, or laugh at their stompy feet.

  33. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, just minutes to go and no pardon for Hillary ;-)

    First time I’ve ever cared about the inauguration ceremony…

    Sidebar: FWIW looks like the power fail took out my DNS server, so fixing it later…

  34. p.g.sharrow says:

    Swearing in done. Digging drains in the swamp can begin! President Trump is now a fact. Will the Congress critters fall into line or fight tooth and nail to preserve their control of the gravy train…pg

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Angela Fritz Verified account

    Wow. The first thing up on the new @whitehouse website is a plan to eliminate the #Climate Action Plan.

  36. John F. Hultquist says:

    I watched Trump’s speech on a CBS feed and then the comments began. I listened to 2 and then when they went to the 3rd one, I turned it off. The speakers were so flabbergasted by his words — he didn’t say what they wanted him to say — they could hardly speak, and when they did they sounded foolish.

  37. John Silver says:

  38. A C Osborn says:

    Watching the BBC just after the inaugaration and they were droning on about the Obummers leaving in the Helicopter and how great it was that Obummer’s rating was still high and how the Don’s was low. They then moved on to cooing over the Obummers farewell speech to the whitehouse staff and without warning the US TV feed switched to the Don signing orders, that cut them dead, it was great.
    They are still trying to be very negative.

  39. p.g.sharrow says:

    It appears that the Soros street protest of millions has been reduced to a few hundred of his paid entertainers showing off for the press cameras. Their great fiery explosion of protest has turned out to be a small firecracker pop. The press cameras are in the middle of the only riot that is happening and reporter is acting as if he is covering something that is important. The reporter first claimed thousands he is now down to few hundred “protesters” present. Looks to me that media people in the protest crowd outnumber the rioters…pg

  40. David A says:

    I enjoyed much of the inauguration speech. Just as my decisions place my family first, so our Nation and President should place America first. Also trump clarified that he expects other nations to have this same attitude. In truth this means that any trade must benefit both parties, and there is nothing wrong with that, and this is what I think Trump means. The press will portray the speech as divisive, as Trump making American prosperity a zero sum game; American wins, someone else loses, America loses, some other nation gains. I do not think Trump means this to always or even generally be the case. If there was a weakness in the address, I feel that lack of clarity on this point was that weakness.

  41. cdquarles says:

    @ David, Trade has always, when free, been about mutually beneficial transactions between sovereign individuals and/or their extensions as voluntary associations. That fundamental fact, from which economics is derived, has been distorted for far too long.

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    From Twitter:

    Christo Grozev

    While we watched the #inaugiration distraction, Russia & Syria signed a 50-year agreement for deployment of RU nuclear subs/ Syria.

    Christo Grozev ‏@christogrozev 1 hour ago

    Christo Grozev Retweeted Christo Grozev

    * RU has no-cost right to use Syrian territory for deployment of its bases
    * Syrian gov’t have no right of access
    * Full immunity for RU

    They defacto have a small Russian enclave in Syria now comparable to the British in Gibraltar and US used to have in Philippines at Clark AFB (and just recently had access renewed).

  43. catweazle666 says:

    Oh happy day!

    Going by the reaction of various organs like ‘The Guardian’ and the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation, I’m expecting a sudden sharp rise in global sea level caused by the simultaneous meltdown of vast number of special snowflakes who really couldn’t bring themselves to believe that it was really going to happen.

    Domiciled as I am on the other side of the Pond, you Cousins really can’t imagine how much I envy you. Nor am I by any means the only one!

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    From Twitter:
    The Associated Press ‏@AP 3m3 minutes ago

    BREAKING: White House says Trump chief of staff Priebus to issue government-wide order immediately freezing regulations.

    He also sent a directive to Federal Agencies to “ease the burden” of Obama care ( that is not defined at this point but I assume the penalties are going to be frozen for folks with no insurance.)

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    I imagine you will see a blitz of such administrative changes coming over the next couple days. Given his work-a-holic nature I would not be surprised if he continues with this sort of thing all through the weekend.

    I understand he sent a request to the military to prepare a plan to destroy ISIS which I would not be surprised if some related actions may already be in progress.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little bit more detail on POTUS order to minimize impact of the ACA to the public. It appears it grants agencies the latitude to defer, or waive enforcement of any impacts from the ACA pending formal elimination of the law it self and supporting regulations.

    (IRS are you paying attention?)

  47. John F. Hultquist says:

    Larry @ 12:34
    Back in Sept, (with a bit of rough grammar) he said:
    “We are going to convey my top generals and give them a simple instruction,” Trump told a crowd in Greenville, N.C., on Tuesday. “They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS. We have no choice.”

    James Mattis, now the top Dog: “A now-famous quote has Mattis, then the senior marine in the volatile Iraqi province of Anbar, informing a local interlocutor: “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: if you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

    Sidekicks will be (among others):
    four-star Marine general John Kelly
    Army Lt.Gen. Michael Flynn

  48. LG says:

    ANALYSIS, by Paul Craig Roberts

    President Trump’s brief inaugural speech was a declaration of war against the entirety of the American Ruling Establishment. All of it.

    Trump made it abundantly clear that Americans’ enemies are right here at home: globalists, neoliberal economists, neoconservatives and other unilateralists accustomed to imposing the US on the world and involving us in endless and expensive wars, politicians who serve the Ruling Establishment rather than the American people, indeed, the entire canopy of private interests that have run America into the ground while getting rich in the process.

    If truth can be said, President Trump has declared a war far more dangerous to himself than if he had declared war against Russia or China.

    The interest groups designated by Trump as The Enemy are well entrenched and accustomed to being in charge. Their powerful networks are still in place. Although there are Republican majorities in the House and Senate, most of those in Congress are answerable to the ruling interest groups that provide their campaign funds and not to the American people or to the President. The military/security complex, offshoring corporations, Wall Street and the banks are not going to roll over for Trump. And neither is the presstitute media, which is owned by the interest groups whose power Trump challenges.

  49. Gail Combs says:

    I do not think D.C. is going to know what hit it in the first week of a Trump Admin.

    Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

    Trump announces regulatory freeze in first executive orders

    Executive Order 10988 is a United States presidential executive order issued by President John F. Kennedy on January 17, 1962 that recognized the right of federal employees to collective bargaining. This executive order was a breakthrough for public sector workers, who were not protected under the 1935 Wagner Act….

    Executive Order 10988 was effectively replaced by President Richard Nixon’s Executive Order 11491 in 1969. WIKI

    Firing Federal Employees Isn’t Easy, But It Can Be Done

    Members of Congress are working overtime these days churning out, or clambering onto, legislation that would make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to fire senior executives. The House on May 21 passed such a bill, and there’s more to come on that subject from both sides of the Capitol and both parties. The mismanagement at VA facilities regarding patient care and the alleged cover-up in Phoenix of medical appointment scheduling delays to help top managers secure bonuses and meet performance goals for the department has consumed Washington during the last month.

    Among the many questions the controversy has raised, one seems to be at the heart of the debate: Why isn’t it easier to fire career civil servants?

    As is the case with most processes in the federal government, firing a career employee is not simple. There is a good reason why it isn’t so easy, or as commonplace, as it is in the private sector: There are laws protecting career civil servants from being dismissed without cause or for politically-motivated reasons. Certainly there’s a case to be made that the federal firing process (which does exist) could, and probably should, be improved. But making it too easy seriously threatens the due process long afforded to federal workers, significantly increases the risk of politically-motivated sackings, and could have adverse effects on the recruitment and retention of talented federal employees.

    The federal workforce is made up of about 2.1 million employees. In fiscal 2013, only 9,559 employees were terminated or removed for discipline or performance, according to Office of Personnel Management statistics. That’s less than 1 percent of the total workforce……

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    Secretary of Defense Mattis statement released to the DOD and cousin agencies.

  51. H.R. says:

    Pardon me, but… YAY!

    I’ve never watched a day of inaugural hoopla in my life, but today is the exception. Been watching all day except when I sneaked out for two hours to fish. (Caught a 2# bass on the surface with a little rubber spider using an ultra-light rod. (Unheard of here in January and might be a state record for the day for catching a bass on a surface lure.)

    Trump speech: YSM.. “Trump’s doubling down.”
    What I heard: affirmation of campaign promises, no more, no less. Put Dems, Globalists, and GOPe on notice.

    Obama and Michelle carried themselves very well. I got the impression that their place in history finally hit them in the face, and they actually appreciated the moments as only Presidents and First Ladies of the U.S. can comprehend. But I was certainly glad to see their backsides as they got on the helicopter and got the heck out of Dodge.

    Parade: Everyone had a good time. Finally, Baron had something that he thought was fun and way cool. He’s always well-behaved, and seems a bit bored as a normal 10-year old kid should be. But today he was really into it. Patience has its rewards, kid.

    Broke out some Asti Spumante (wife finds champagne too dry) and we have been toasting the Trumps and dancing along with them as they appear at the balls.

    Happy day!

    (Some reports from the front line from the other denizens here would be appreciated, if y’all don’t mind sharing.)

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    SalenaZito Retweeted
    Dave Weigel ‏@daveweigel 9 hours ago

    Flawless anarchist plan:

    1) Break windows in 94% Dem city
    2) …
    3) Overthrow capitalism

    He forgot to mention setting a limousine on fire as a true protest against the evil new President and what he stands for.

  53. David A Anderson says:

    You are exactly correct, my wish is the POTUS had been equally clear on that very point.

    The media will make it out to be words to the affect of “Trump declares war on the world”

  54. llanfar says:

    @Larry ref. Clark AB (not AFB – the ‘F’ is reserved for bases on US soil)…I was unaware that it was being re-opened. I know it became a resort after Mt. Pinatubo farted all over it…

  55. E.M.Smith says:

    O.T.: but since I mentioned it here, the explanation… (And yes, here I am apologizing to myself for violating topic guidelines I set… “more like guidelines, actually…” Jack, the Pirate… )

    Turns out the DNS server was fine… modulo the fact I’d not done an “lbu ci” to save the configuration after I’d removed a USB disk mount… Sigh. Alpine forgets config changes on a reboot if you didn’t commit them. This is a feature for router nodes as it helps to clear and prevent some kinds of attacks… so hung on a failed mount at boot time. OK, easy fix and the Pi continues to not care about power failures… Oh, and the “infrastructure Pis” are now on a UPS… (h/t to the site donors; who funded it…)

    It pains me to say, but I’ve had “Weepy moments” at least a half dozen times today. First time I ever gave a damn about any inauguration ceremony. I hope to be back to my usual un-emotive and completely dead fish self soon ;-)


    Yup. Saw the signing on some broadcast or other. One to say “never mind on all those regulations things…” and the other to say “that whole Obama arse screwing, it just left on a flight to a golf course somewhere, weather permitting” ;-)

    Since Trump seems to sleep about 5 hours a night ( I can relate… I can do 8 sometimes, but 6 is more normal and I can do 4 to 5 indefinitely if something interesting is going on… I actually did a series of sleep deprivation experiments at about 12 years old to characterize the need… parents confused at my behaviour some times ;-) ) so Trump is likely going to kiss Melania good night at about Midnight, catch 4, and be up and showered, working at about 5 A.M. Saturday… I know I’d have trouble sleeping more than that after a day like this. Heck, I’d likely have a pot brewed and a team with pens at the ready and just pull an allnighter signing things and sucking coffee…


    Yup. He’s betting that 60 Million or so folks can keep him protected while he swats the 2 or 3% who want him “neutralized”… that, and that his clear support for “folks in uniform” means they will nod “yes” when given the assignment by their Bureaucrat In Authority and then swap who gets the poison chalice … “Oh, sorry, my bad… 8-)”


    Yup. Axe, meet meat…

    FWIW, having done it, it is far far easier to simply eliminate a position and say “OH, sorry, no jobs in that area” and then “discover” you need to hire someone doing something with an entirely different title “over there in that other department”… or even better, eliminate one of two departments sounding vaguely similiar and assign double work to the survivor. Never “fire” when you can instead say “Let me explain your severance bonus package…”


    Ditto… (No, not from that radio guy…) I’ve watched the whole thing and teared up from time to time. BOTH firsts for me.

    Spouse and I having a grand time and I’m having a nice “Indigo Eyes” Chardonnay at the moment. Dinner was a Sushi Sashimi mix with warm saki. About $40 a head, but hey, it’s a very special night ;-)

    For the first time since about Reagan I feel like there really is hope for America, again.

    Carter was a damn dud and Reagan fixed a fair amount of it.
    Daddy Bush was more seat warmer and water carrier for the Rich And Connected.
    Clinton was a pill, until he got spanked, then was sort of OK about 1/2 the time, but broke some critical bits. Including the CRA that lead to the Financial Crisis.
    Baby Bush managed to keep things more or less stable in a crisis, but spent way too much money for nothing (and we didn’t even get any chicks, free or not…); then the CRA damage blew up on his watch, so he passed it to Obummer.
    Then The Obummer just marched us at a plodding deceitful pace toward the cliff…

    God it’s been a long 30 years…


    It will be a world of fun watching folks running around trying to figure out why their head hurts and not noticing their hair is on fire…

    Swapping between Fox, MSNBC, CNN, and CSPAN was great fun. Fox having a party, CNN depressed but trying, MSNBC hair on fire alternating with WTF! and “Hey, buddy, can I borrow a Valium?”…

    Well, I’m about 8 ounces from “time for bed, ready or not” ;-) So see y’all tomorrow ;-)

  56. gallopingcamel says:

    You mention the East India Company that was more dominant than Exxon in its day.

    There is a new series on British TV involving an island off the coast of California. There have been two episodes with the third appearing today (Saturday). The name of the series is “Taboo”.

    If you like it please let me know.

  57. Power Grab says:

    IIRC, today’s inauguration was the first one I’ve ever watched live. Not being one to gloat, I listened via earbuds while I watched it streaming on my #2 computer…while I did real work on my #1 computer.

    Our liberal higher-uppers had their doors closed a bit more than usual today. Fortunately, I didn’t have to fend off jabs from the coworker I mentioned the other day.

    Even though the day was cloudy most of the time, my mood was sunny.

    I do understand how downhearted the liberals must feel. I remember feeling that way the first time Clinton was elected. I haven’t had happy feelings about our POTUS elections since that time. Until now.

    On another site, someone had a link to the Miami rally where DJT entered to the song from Les Miserables, except they had re-branded the background artwork as Les Deplorables. Had to watch that more than once! That was a rather teary moment.

    Oh, and I wore lavender, white, and hunter green today. I usually wear black frequently, but that didn’t seem appropriate today. I wore black a LONG TIME after the 2008 election.

    I finished off the eggnog tonight. LOL!

  58. beththeserf says:

    Say, nice account
    of THE DAY, H.R…
    toasting … hopefully the
    draining of a swamp –
    by Trump. )

  59. H.R. says:

    @Beth – Thanks. I’m not sure if you got to see much of the day or if you only got to see snippets in the news.

    @E.M. – Other than the fishing part, sounds like we had much the same day, including a few weepy parts.

    @All and Larry in particular – I did find out late last night that the rioters who were arrested w ere charged with felony rioting and not the usual slap-on-the-wrist failure to disperse or disorderly conduct.

    I’m only guessing here, but I believe the arrests were to target the paid professionals and make sure they didn’t just get a sleep-over at the D.C.jail. There will be more info today. I’ll be curious what the bail will be since the police went hardline, probably because six of their own got injured, and went with felony charges.

  60. David A Anderson says:

    Felony Rioting charge, great news, now let one or two one bargin down to give details of exactly what they were paid to do, who paid them, etc.

  61. H.R. says:

    I just did a search and it seems that the rioters will be formally charged today. To her credit, the Mayor of D.C. was P.O.’d about the injuries to her officers and the property destruction.

    @David – I hope the Mayor wasn’t pressured to back off the charges. At the least, if anyone who injured a police officer was caught, I don’t think they will be let off with anything less than Assault on a Police Officer.

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interestingly apropos item from twitter and Stefan Molyneux.
    Study: Political Ideology Predicts Involvement In Crime
    Liberals are more likely to self report criminal behavior that conservatives.

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    Stefan Molyneux video on why Leftists are violent.

    Stefan Molyneux video on why Leftists are violent

  64. Judy F. says:

    I watched the Inauguration ceremonies all day yesterday. I don’t ever have the TV on during the day, but figured this day was special. I do appreciate the pageantry and the awesomeness of the changing of the Presidency in the U.S. As I watched the Trump children after they were seated, waiting for the swearing in, one of the older Trump sons looked over the crowd and you could read his lips as he said “unbelievable”. I will give Hillary Clinton kudos for attending, which must have been very difficult for her. I am still disappointed in the 65 ish members of the House who boycotted the event. What did they prove by not being there, except that they are ill mannered adults. Did they think Trump was going to make them kiss his ring or something?
    But I really enjoyed watching the parade. All the groups and organizations of “regular” people interspersed with the military was heartening to watch. The Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the veterans groups, the horses and the tractors are all part of the fabric that makes up the U.S. The military seemed to do their “eyes ahead” or “eyes left” well, but it was fun to watch members of the high school and college bands as they were marching, taking a quick look to the left to see the President. And President Trump ( sigh, so nice to say those words) seemed to really enjoy and appreciate the parade. As they stood there watching the parade, I couldn’t help but wonder how much Melania and company’s feet must be hurting. They were wearing some classy but very high heels all day.
    Now the hard work begins, but I do believe that Trump does have a vision for a better America for all of us. I hope the powers to be let him do the work he needs to do.

  65. cdquarles says:

    @gallopingcamel, If I am remembering correctly, the East India Company (and other similar royal chartered enterprises, ah the earlier forms of GSEs) were monopolies in fact.

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    Obama’s back room war against Trump appears to be underway. On the surface be the congenial host helping the new guy take the office, but behind the scenes Obama loyalists are fighting a passive aggressive guerilla war of process and procedure to muck up the transition.

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bit more on Obama final blind side acts of sabotage of US credibility

    On this one you have to ask yourself if these pardons were some sort of quid pro quo for some other activity, like the extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman or perhaps for the assistance of Mexican drug cartels to break border security and flood the US with emigrants and open the doors for ISIS infiltration via the Mexican border.

  68. E.M.Smith says:

    The Charter Companies were all given some kind of crown monopoly.

    Trump is already at work. Signed stuff yesterday, purged Global Warming from The White House website, put new regs on hold pending review, meeting CIA today. Impatient Man On A Mission… I like that…

    I’m sucking on a Starbucks Vente Mocha. This morning added 3 TB disk to The Farm (Thank You donors!), put it and DNS server on a UPS, ordered a new battery for the mid sized UPS (to run the PiM3 workstation when installed next Saturday into the old UPS), and moved about 2 TB of archives around. After lunch, I start a regular run job on The Farm to update temperature archives… now that I have space for more.

    Tonight about 2 AM is supposed to be a Frog Drowner downpour, so I’ll pause the update before that. Yes, yet another Flooding Drought here in California…

    Grumpy Squirrels Batman!

    Yesterday when buying sunflower seeds for my dependent squirrels, I was informed the feed store was out. Trucks were unable to get in to northern Calif. due to very deep Sierra snow and blizzard.. so the squirrels got parrot mix instead.. Picky little dears, they eat it, but give me looks like “What the heck is this stuff? Millet?” I tell them it is just The Global Warming Ice Age… and they go back to eating…

    So “watch this space”on snow this year and delivery issues up north..

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video clip link was tweeted by Stefan Molyneux

    Gloria Steinem interview where she claims to have received funds from the CIA

    I would comment that getting funding is not exactly the same thing as being an “agent”. It is common for subversive and radical organizations to be riddled with paid informers, often times becoming a substantial fraction of the membership.

    As we know everything printed on the internet must be true (/sarc) but this article states some “facts” about Gloria Steinem and her background. Could be true at least in part. The real world is a lot more complex than most people think, and lots of players are playing others and getting played by others so it is probable that only a fraction of this narrative is true/accurate but it does point out how hard it is to give solid attribution to popular causes when you have lots of fingers manipulating levers behind the scenes. Often very unlikely fingers on very obscure levers.

    For example a case could be made that Trump is a CIA inside guy playing a part to shred Obama’s destructive abuse of power and poisoning of the social – political process and recapture a traditional America from an obviously Communist influenced group. It seems that too many people are making a bit too much of a fuss about his declaring war on the intelligence community.
    Could that be a front? Could this be just a case of sticking things together to support a predetermined meme ?
    Yep it could be either or none of the above. Viewed from the outside internal organizational politics often look like something other than what they really are. Just like Gloria Steinem’s suspicious funding of her magazine there are questions about some of Trump’s investments. Who’s to say where the money really came from in either case.

    I guess time to watch the show and see where things go with multiple possibilities of reality in mind. The only thing you can probably be sure of is that what you think you know is probably not accurate, and like a scientific experiment there are lots of possible causes for an effect, best not to decide up front which cause is to blame until you have enough data to work with.

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter on this same topic above:
    Sharyl Attkisson ‏@SharylAttkisson 1 hour ago

    When people are working so hard to convince you of something — you may want to question it. Doesn’t mean it’s not true but it might not be.

  71. catweazle666 says:

    “The Charter Companies were all given some kind of crown monopoly.”

    Often backed up by some heavy duty hardware.

    The Company’s armed merchantmen were a match for any vessel afloat, including Royal Navy warships, both in armament and sailing capability. No expense was spared in their construction or their manning, very classy vessels indeed!

    Mind you, with the amount of piracy about in the Indian Ocean and its surroundings right up to the Horn of Africa and the value of the cargoes they carried, they needed to be.

  72. Gail Combs says:

    Gary North make a great comment on Trump’s speech:
    Trump’s Inaugural Address Was Like No Other in History

  73. Gail Combs says:

    From the Reddit kids: Over 200 arrests in DC for FELONY rioting. Congratulations on becoming a basket of unemployables!

    AND… from Stars and Stripes:
    Some Trump protesters to face rioting charges

    Federal prosecutors say most of the approximately 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will be charged with felony rioting.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000…..

    The office says most of those arrested will be released without having to post bail and must return to court in February….

    More details on arrests and charges are expected later Saturday

    A police officer is taken away after being hit in the head by a brick thrown by a protester after President Donald Trump’s inauguration parade on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

    I hope they caught the rioter and charge him with attempted MURDER!

  74. Gail Combs says:

    Front Page Mag: Day 1
    Nothing the Left does will stop Trump’s first day on the job.
    by Daniel Greenfield

    … They can’t stop what’s coming. And they know it. The crying Obama staffers loading boxes into their cars and the Marxists biting their lips as they color in their signs on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial feel it. The pundits of the Post, the non-profit parasites and the entire cocktail party circuit can sense it.

    Day 1 is more than just a day. It’s the end of an era. It’s the end of Obama.

    Berlin, November, 1989. Moscow, August, 1991. Washington D.C., January, 2017. That’s the closest you can come to describing it. It’s the fall of an evil empire. There are breaths of fresh air as the cleansing rain washes away eight years of oppression, lies and corruption into the sewers of the city.

    Day 1.

    Trump has executive orders ready to go. While the ceremonies run their course, real change is already underway. The parade that matters is the slow march of Obama’s minions leaving and Trump’s people coming in. The transition began as a trickle, a few here and there, but is swiftly becoming a takeover.

    The “landing team members” have moved in…..

    Nice to see a well written piece.

  75. Gail Combs says:

    And on the left we have : #LiberalMeltdown: Vile Leftists Make Disgusting Attacks On 10 Year Old Barron Trump!

    The vile leftists have sunk to a new low. On Friday, after the inauguration, the angry leftists took to Twitter to attack Barron Trump who is only a 10 year old boy.
    The Attacks

    This one by David Lilley is lovely…

    The attackers include : Katie Rich, Saturday Night Live writer & actress.

    I am really really glad I do not own a Boob tube and therefore do not give one red cent to these scumbags.

    (GallopingCamel, I haven’t watched TV since 1974.)

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    That’s the way to stop this sort of thing put those folks in real jeopardy of major consequences. One of our local sheriffs departments back in the 1970’s started counter suing folks making charges of police brutality, and those complaints quickly dried up as they realized that if their complaint was not a good faith complaint backed with real evidence / witnesses that they might be on the hook for false reporting, and a lot of monetary damages if they lost the case and the counter suit was not dropped.

    With tolerant city administrations just doing wrist slap complaints for disorderly consequences they think it is a no lose situation, a night in the jail, some social cred among their own group and maybe a token fine paid by some outside agitator group what did they have to lose?

    The street cops are fed up with this sort of behavior and the more dangerous ambushes that naturally follow and know the only way to end it is to make it painful for the protesters if they get out of line and especially if they commit arson and damage property. That burning limo was probably $80K in damages if they have video of who started that fire they will have a very bad day when they get to court.

  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    From Twitter:
    James O’Keefe ‏@JamesOKeefeIII 2 hours ago

    Excited to announce for the first time in @Project_Veritas history, our expose showing conspiracy to commit terrorism have lead to ARRESTS.

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    Stefan Molyneux’s new video on the protests and riots over the last few days.

    What Pisses Me Off About The Anti-Trump Riots

  79. Jeff says:

    Apparently for some of the women protesters, the struggle involves more than just Trump…
    Spotted on CTH:
    “Trump got more fat women out walking in one day than Michelle Obama managed in 8 years.”
    ( )

    The whole thread (in particular the lead pic) is hilarious…

  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just linking to this for future reference, regarding who some of the Woman’s March organizers and instigators are, as well as who they are connected with.

    Linda Sarsour one of the Top Women’s March Organizer Recently Met Ex-Hamas Operative, Has Family Ties To Terror Group

  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    A tally of some of the ways Obama tortured the rule of law and abused his power as President.

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter

  83. David A Anderson says:

    I think he said he believes himself to be a god

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    CNN put up a gigapixel image of the Trump inauguration crowd which contrasts significantly from the posted comparison images. It does not look like this image shows the open space that appeared in the viral comparison pair. Note this was taken while Trump was speaking.

  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another comparison picture from Twitter

    and my favorite — Hillary’s inauguration crowd

  86. Gail Combs says:

    Seems there is at least one sane person in Hollywierd.

    I love it! Punking Californicate

  87. Gail Combs says:

    I though we just kicked this smuck to the curb?

    Obummer Tweets:

    Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.

  88. David A Anderson says:

    Thank you Gail!

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well I guess those radical revolutionary bomb makers have to stick together.
    It is great to have friends in high places who don’t feel blowing stuff up is a particularly bad thing to do when you want to make a point.

  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    An interesting look at Soros and his history and activities in recent years.

  91. Gail Combs says:

    Seems there were a lot of shenanigans to make it look like Obummer had larger crowds. Now that lie is coming a part at the seams.

    Sundance (CTH) goes into the Fake News Definitive CNN Gigapixel Image of Crowd During Trump Inauguration Speech Confirms Sean Spicer Correct…

    ….Despite the shenanigans Sean Spicer was correct. The crowd grew significantly just as the event began. Yes, this was mostly due to the crowd being intentionally delayed from attending. Yes, tens of thousands of people could not get through the screenings. Yes, the federal workers and DC Park and Security leadership made attendance more difficult than any previous inauguration.

    Yes, every imaginable tool and technique was utilized last week to provide the maximum level of crisis and discomfort….

    “Estimations were 720,000 attended, the largest Inauguration crowd ever !” —

    Tyrannocankles reports his part of the crowd was herded AWAY from the main crowd and hidden from view of the TV cameras.

    tyrannocankles says:
    January 22, 2017 at 1:40 am

    This set, taken at a distance, illustrates how we were moved around to the North slope bowl. Taken from the Northeast. We were completely isolated from the main crowd, visually.

    Beverly says:
    January 22, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting these!
    So, it sounds like the DC-ites wanted to hide your crowd from the TV cameras! I didn’t know a bunch of you were down by the Monument!

    tyrannocankles says:
    January 22, 2017 at 6:10 am

    It was crazy. We almost didn’t get into there. And then stuck – not allowed out of the caged area.

    There were no TV cameras, even shoulder models, which I found odd. Only people with handheld cameras. Most not even ptess, IMO.

    Dixie says:
    January 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    tyrannocankles….I knew you’d post more pictures when you got back and settled. I saw your original picture posted here and your explanation of how many of you were routed to fields away from the crowd. Guessing there are many here who did not see your original picture and had no idea many of you were tucked away out of sight…

    Also reported
    “…..Zombietime is here: She/he/it/they have an anatomy of fake photographs piece that’s quite instructive, for those who are not familiar with Zombie’s blog.


  92. Gail Combs says:

    Report: U.S. Announces Withdrawal From TPP Within 24 Hours of Trump Inauguration…

    …and other fun stuff discovered walking through this new winner wonderland.

    I was never sure whether or not the sons of syphilitic she camels passed that treaty or not. I only saw a reference at Jo Nova’s in an Aussie paper I could not read.

  93. E.M.Smith says:


    Yay!!! One more noose slipped…. Those “trade deals” are the legal noose to bind ALL “environmental agreements” to the rule of treaty and enforce them; AND they remove all sovereign law over anything to do with ‘commerce’ (and just look what has been done with the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution… shivver…) and hands it off to an un-elected commission of a few folks who’s rule can not be taken to court…

    What is needed in a trade deal?

    “Our starting tariff level is zero. If you have a tariff, ours will rise to match yours. If you indulge in monopolistic, mercantilist, or money manipulative tactics against us, it will rise to restore balance in the market.”

    Anything beyond that is a gift to someone well connected…

  94. beththeserf says:

    Gettin’ harder to fake it ain’t it?
    Too many plebs against
    guvuh-mint at a distance. )

  95. Gail Combs says:

    E.M., We really dodged the bullet on that one. The Trans-Pacific Partnership was the end of a sovereign USA. The unelected FOREIGN Tribunal would rule over our laws instead of the Supreme Court. That treaty had be shaking in my boots but no one seemed to want to pay any attention to it.

    The Sovereignty-Busting Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Trans-Pacific Partnership Synopsis FROM THE US GOVERNMENT


    Only five of the 29 chapters are about traditional trade. The others are about regulating the Internet and what Internet—Internet service providers have to collect information.
    They have to hand it over to companies under certain circumstances. It’s about regulating labor, what labor conditions can be applied, regulating, whether you can favor local industry, regulating the hospital healthcare system, privatization of hospitals.
    So, essentially, every aspect of the modern economy, even banking services, are in the TPP.”
    FULL TRANSCRIPT – Amy Goodman – Democracy Now Interview of Julian Assange – Five Parts –

    This is very important information our CORRUPT legislators (including TPA Ted Cruz) AND our Fifth Column Media did not reveal to US citizens.

    The Groniad says this about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement:

    … MFN clause is tantamount to a classic wipeout move. It would enable foreign corporations from TPP states to make a claim against Australia based on the ISDS provisions in any other trade deal Australia has signed, no matter which country it was signed with. That means it does not matter how carefully the TPP is drafted: foreign investors can cherrypick another treaty Australia has signed, and sue the Australian government based on the provisions included in that treaty…..

    From The Hill by former Bill Clinton advisor Dick Morris

    The TPP, generally supported by pro-free-trade Republicans but opposed by labor-union Democrats, reportedly contains a barely noticed provision that allows for the free migration of labor among the signatory nations. Patterned after similar provisions in the treaties establishing the European Union, it would override national immigration restrictions in the name of facilitating the free flow of labor.

    The draft treaty, now under discussion among 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Vietnam and Japan, makes provision for needed labor to move across national boundaries without restraint…

    Curtis Ellis, executive director of the American Jobs Alliance, calls the trade deal “a Trojan horse for Obama’s immigration agenda” on The Hill’s Contributor’s blog. He notes that “one corporate trade association says bluntly that ‘The TPP should remove restrictions on nationality or residency requirements for the selection of personnel.’ ”

  96. M Simon says:


    Daddy Bush was a spook. And the spooks have been running this corrupt game, forever.

    A I get more of the Right informed on this stuff they are coming to despise it. All of it. The corruption especially.

  97. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    21 January 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Bit more on Obama final blind side acts of sabotage of US credibility

    The answer was given to us by Wm. Colby:

    “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

    Not too long after making that statement he died in a boating accident.


    Shorter version: You want corruption? Support Prohibition. We learned that from Alcohol Prohibition. Didn’t we?

  98. M Simon says:

    Let me try the formatting again:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    21 January 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Bit more on Obama final blind side acts of sabotage of US credibility

    The answer was given to us by Wm. Colby:

    “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

    Not too long after making that statement he died in a boating accident.


    Shorter version: You want corruption? Support Prohibition. We learned that from Alcohol Prohibition. Didn’t we?

  99. M Simon says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    23 January 2017 at 12:23 am :

    Yay!!! One more noose slipped…. Those “trade deals” are the legal noose to bind ALL “environmental agreements” to the rule of treaty and enforce them; AND they remove all sovereign law over anything to do with ‘commerce’ (and just look what has been done with the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution… shivver…) and hands it off to an un-elected commission of a few folks who’s rule can not be taken to court…

    That is not the first time that trick has been used.

    How globalism got started:

  100. gallopingcamel says:

    @Gail Combs,
    “I am really really glad I do not own a Boob tube and therefore do not give one red cent to these scumbags.
    (GallopingCamel, I haven’t watched TV since 1974.)”

    You are awesome! I don’t watch much TV but I am a sucker for Nat Geo, the History Channel and dramas based on historical events.

    You watch thousands of videos including this one:

    You could watch the Taboo series for free using a code that I can give you over the phone. You have my number.

  101. gallopingcamel says:

    Our leader’s “Yellow Stream Media” is powerful. It may catch on so whenever an opportunity presents itself I talk about the YSM.

    This might go viral!

  102. Power Grab says:

    @ Gail:

    Re: “Report: U.S. Announces Withdrawal From TPP Within 24 Hours of Trump Inauguration…”

    I was going to ask for the link to the Aussie article you couldn’t read, but then I got started reading the page at the link you did provide. That’s pretty good reading!

    I especially loved the comment about how the old-time artists would deliberately paint an unnaturally-hairy arm on the portraits of the wealthy patrons. That gave the customer a flaw to find and get fixed, and then everyone was able to move on.

    My kid is an art major. I had to share that story with my kid. I think most of my people are not devious enough to think of a strategy like that nowadays. The main exception I can think of is the tale my grandmother told about her years teaching in public school.

    One of the principals she taught under was just dreadful. Everyone hated him. So all the teachers at the school agreed among themselves to talk him up to teachers from other districts whenever they attended teachers’ meetings. Sure enough, the next fall he had been spirited off to some other school district. Mission accomplished!

    I figure those survivors of the Great Depression either accumulated some “smarts” or ended up on the ash heap of history.

  103. Larry Ledwick says:

    @M Simon says:
    23 January 2017 at 4:59 am

    I was not aware of the circumstances of Colby’s death, interesting article about the loose ends that turned up when it was reviewed. Apparently he also had plenty of enemies inside the CIA so not easy to point a finger just at drug cartels, but the story told here definitely makes you go Hmmmmmm.

  104. M Simon says:

    Power Grab says:
    23 January 2017 at 6:18 am

    I had that happen to me when I was hiring a manager. The place he was from talked him up. I was suspicious but couldn’t finger the problem. Against my wishes he was hired. I met some guys from his old company a few months later. They were so glad to be rid of him.

  105. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    23 January 2017 at 7:27 am

    Thanks! I had read earlier. What impressed me is that he said to the effect – if they want you dead there is nothing you can do to stop it.

    Sad to say – Trump is now on borrowed time.

  106. M Simon says:

    Re: Trump’s borrowed time – it may explain why he is in such a hurry.

  107. M Simon says:

    A comment I left at the Small Dead Animals link (Another Ian).


    Abortion is useful in some ecologies. When population is at the edge of carrying capacity. You see it in the animal kingdom all the time. Infanticide since abortion requires high tech.

    Some pieces to get you started.

    I wrote this – with links – follow them:

    Victor Davis Hanson wrote this:

    There are two major human ecologies. The ecologies determine the culture of the left and right. It has very little to do with politics – “THEY are evil because of bad politics”. Well no. THEY are “evil” because their ecology demands it.


    Most of the culture wars disappear when you get that culture is a response to ecology.

  108. Gail Combs says:

    GC, I have switched to calling it the “Yellow Stream Media” (don’t eat any yellow snow…)

    The YSM code:

  109. Gail Combs says:

    M Simon says: “….Abortion is useful in some ecologies.”

    You are missing a lot of the pieces.

    WHY is there concern about the ‘population explosion’?

    WHY does Ted Turner, founder of CNN and the UN Foundation bluntly say during an interview with Audubon magazine:
    “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” – Source: The book You Don’t Say, by Fred Gielow, 1999, page 189.

    Maybe because 250 million people is all the population our Overlords need to keep them in the style they wish? HMMMMmm

    Our Overlords DELIBERATELY drove us into the cities.
    First as part of the Clearances in Europe and later, right after WWII, here in the USA link.

    With the clearances it was serendipity that the excess labor fueled the fledgling factories. In the second case, the attack on US independent farmers, it was quite deliberate and is continuing to this day. The Committee on Economic Development is working behind the scenes to increase taxes on farm land. Add increased taxes to the cost of the new regulations from the Food Safety Modernization Act that kick in this year and you will wipe out independent farms. An old Pew Report noted that factory farms contribute NOTHING to rural towns while dollars earned by independents have a multiply effect of 7, fueling the economy of the town and the businesses in it.

    Rosa Koire describes the future our Overlords via Agenda 21 envision for us.

    Your government is a corporatocracy, [as E.M. has already explained ] a new authoritarian state in the process of consolidating your output into a more controllable, exploitable channel. The reason you are being misled by your government and told that all of this is good for you, is because there is no profit in managing a mass uprising. It is too disruptive….

    You are in the midst of the biggest public relations scam in the history of the world. The pretty pastel vision of life in a Smart Growth development is a manipulation, a mask. In fact these plans are designed to restrict your freedom of movement and choice.

    Transit villages (formerly known as cities) will be restricted to having only the population that can be supported by food grown within a 100 mile radius (called a ‘food shed’)…


    Mises Institute explanation of the Clearances and early factories.

    … But the fact remains that for the surplus population which the enclosure movement had reduced to dire wretchedness and for which there was literally no room left in the frame of the prevailing system of production, work in the factories was salvation. These people thronged into the plants for no reason other than the urge to improve their standard of living.

    The laissez-faire ideology and its offshoot, the “Industrial Revolution,” blasted the ideological and institutional barriers to progress and welfare. They demolished the social order in which a constantly increasing number of people were doomed to abject need and destitution. The processing trades of earlier ages had almost exclusively catered to the wants of the well-to-do. Their expansion was limited by the amount of luxuries the wealthier strata of the population could afford. Those not engaged in the production of primary commodities could earn a living only as far as the upper classes were disposed to utilize their skill and services. But now a different principle came into operation. The factory system inaugurated a new mode of marketing as well as of production. Its characteristic feature was that the manufactures were not designed for the consumption of a few well-to-do only, but for the consumption of those who had hitherto played but a negligible role as consumers. Cheap things for the many was the objective of the factory system….

    Our Overlords vision of our Future Utopia:

  110. Gail Combs says:

    ACK missed closing the first block quote.

    [Reply: Fixed it for you. -E.M.Smith. Oh, also suppressing duplicate image:]

  111. M Simon says:

    I’m not missing those pieces. What I suggest is a look at the underlying reason for those beliefs. You live in a certain environment and you get a certain understanding. “Over population” is a city problem. We have studied it in animals. We call it behavioral sinks.

    I have written about it: Behavioral Sink Behavior And Thermodynamics

    Thomas Jefferson also noted: “I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.”

    Mine is not a new understanding. I have just looked into some of the details that can be quantified and codified.

    Victor Davis Hanson also looks into the historical roots (going back to Greece and before) of such understanding.

  112. M Simon says:

    City culture is not going away. Neither is Country culture. If each understood the other better we might operate in a more symbiotic manner rather that one or the other constantly trying to dominate.

    The Republicans will over reach (Country uber alles) and for a while the Democrats (City uber alles) will be back and will try to dominate. They will over reach and the cycle continues.

    The thing most broken currently is not politics. It is understanding.

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    Border Patrol misclassifies apprehension statistics to hide release of criminal aliens.

  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on fake news from the traditional stream media.

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  116. Larry Ledwick says:

    One more nasty gram slid under the door at the last minute by the Obama Administration.
    The released $221 to the Palestinian Authority just as Trump was being inaugurated in spite of a Congressional Hold on the money.$221-million-to-Palestinians-in-Obama's-last-hours

  117. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the violent protests – it appears that when the anarchists burned the Limo, that they were attacking property of a Muslim immigrants company. Damages will be around $70K

    The cynic in me wonders if this could be a setup (ie intentionally put the limo in that location with the intention of it getting damaged – sort of like store owners in riots who intentionally burn their own stores after taking expensive stock out the back door) or just bad luck and the anti Trump protestors accidentally hurt one of the HRC’s protected classes. It might be worth a look by the Reddit kids to check out this company’s financial situation and history.

    The company owner says any excess funds will go to charity (which charity would be a good question to ask as it might be Hamas as likely as something like United Way.)

  118. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on Obama’s over all rating as a President in comparison to others.

  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter
    The Associated Press ‏@AP 4 minutes ago

    BREAKING: Rep. Mike Pompeo has secured enough votes to be the next CIA director; Senate still voting.

  120. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump inauguration largest live streamed video event in history.

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    The view of Egyptians to the Inauguration of Trump and the following violent street protests and the women’s march.

  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    Push back from Senator Tom Cotton – got in Schumer’s face for not keeping his promise to confirm Pompeo on Inauguration day.

  123. Larry Ledwick says:
  124. Canadian Friend says:

    Larry Ledwick,

    Thank you for all the interesting links.

    Do you have a site, a blog where we can get all those links?

  125. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    24 January 2017 at 4:12 am

    Interesting article on the rural city divide in cultures.

    Thanks! I will be reading that. And possibly doing a blog post.

    My first article on the subject (republished in several other places) was in 2009:

  126. Canadian Friend says:

    Larry Ledwick,

    you did not answer my question…

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Canadian Friend
    Nope sorry I post links as I find them in many locations, many from things that appear on twitter.
    This site is probably as close as you are going to get to a collection of links.

  128. Canadian Friend says:

    Ok thank you.

    Some of those links are great and they also save me some time. I’m not a blogger but I like to spread news in the comment section of a few blogs, news that the main stream media would prefer we never heard about.

    Keep up the good work!

  129. Larry Ledwick says:

    How the President consumes media, rarely browses the internet, wants bullet point summaries of articles. (ie lets his staff do the deep reading and sends him concise analysis) Good for time efficiency, not so good if the staff does a poor job of pulling out key items. The intelligence community may struggle with this for a while as some of their analysis will require deep understanding of complex issues.

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    President Trump’s approval rating is going up due to early actions he has taken.

  131. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. – 2# bass this time of year! I am impressed! Got a picture?

    Oh, did you say something else? ;-)

  132. E.M.Smith says:

    @Canadian Friend:

    You can put Larry’s name in the search box and find them. See right side of page bottom of all the other stuff… just below the calendar and donations nag…

  133. H.R. says:


    I took a picture of that bass with my flip-phone. If I’m ever subpoenaed, I have proof!

    I’ve never heard of a bass caught on the surface in January in my state. Perhaps a plastic worm fished very, very slowly, but this is typically ice fishing time in my state.

    Oh. Did I mention that I’m a staunch supporter of Global Warming? ;o)

  134. Larry Ledwick says:

    More major media fake news with deceptive quotes from Ari Fleischer in a way that made it appear that he was more critical of current White House press secretary Sean Spicer than he actually was.

  135. Gail Combs says:

    Tee Hee Heee, WARNING Explody heads Ahead:

    President Trump Signs Executive Order Reviving Keystone Pipeline…

    PBS/NPR In Panic: Trump Administration To Defund/Privatize

    Currently, a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money is given to National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) each year. Trump plans to do away with that. The Hill has reported:

    “The Trump Administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and targeting waste like the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be a good first step in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about radically reforming the federal budget,” said Brian Darling, a former aide to Paul and a former staffer at the Heritage Foundation.

    The Regan Administration attempted something similar in the 1980s, but was ultimately convinced against it….

    The Gruniad: Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters

    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture have been placed under de facto gag orders by the Trump administration, according to documents obtained by news organizations.
    The president has banned EPA employees from “providing updates on social media or to reporters,” according to interagency emails first obtained by the Associated Press, and barred them from awarding new contracts or grants as well. Trump is reportedly planning massive cuts and rollbacks for the agency.

    This follows similar guidance to USDA employees, who were instructed in an internal memo obtained by Buzzfeed not to release “any public-facing documents” including “news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content” until further notice. Specifically the request was made to employees of the Agricultural Research Service, the USDA’s primary research wing, which is heavily involved in research regarding climate change….

    Badlands National Park defied that order and had the Tweet removed.

    Badlands Nat’l Park (@BadlandsNPS)

    Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate


    Another UnCivil servant shows they Do NOT consider themselves as serving the USA but consider themselves our Masters.
    Secret Service Agent: I’ll Go To Jail Before I Take A Bullet For Trump
    ‘I would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement for what I believe to be disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here.’

    She may just get her wish. These idiots forgot the Law Obummer signed.
    ACLU: President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law
    OR maybe these idiots are the Sacrificial Goats used to spark civil unrest for George Soros.

    They forget that the PRIVILEGES GRANTED civil servants are privileges that can be removed. At this time, when Main Street workers don’t know if they will have a job next month, those privileges are highly resented. I would not be surprised to find Trump is getting the media to highlight the corruption in the Federal Bureaucracy as part of a plan to eventually reshape the entire civil servant privilege system. The firing guidelines must really really irk Trump.
    (Federal Unions exist thanks to an E.O. BTW)

    The Daily Caller has a good article on that privilege system:
    Here’s Why It’s All But Impossible To Fire A Fed

    …it’s no wonder that bureaucratic horror stories are so common. The Daily Caller News Foundation, for example, recently reported Environmental Protection Agency officials let an employee convicted of stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the EPA back to work after a 30-day suspension. Another EPA employee was convicted of sneaking marijuana and marijuana pipes into a federal facility, but went back to work after a 21-day suspension.

    The embattled Department of Veterans Affairs said it will take no less than 275 days to take disciplinary action against a nurse charged with operating on a veteran while drunk, due to the complex and time-consuming hoops administrators have to jump through, according another DCNF report.

    Federal workers have enjoyed incredible job security for a long time, thank to layers of bureaucracy, complicated employment laws, well-funded and politically powerful government unions, and multiple incentives against firing anyone, former federal personnel officials told TheDCNF.

    …Morris and former colleague Patrick Korten, who worked as OPM’s executive assistant director for communications and policy, would know. They listed every possible step a manager had to take to fire an incompetent federal employee using old computer paper. Their boss, then-OPM Director Donald J. Devine, often rolled that paper out for congressional committees.

    “It was a demonstration of, if someone chooses to follow every single twist and turn in the regulations, this is how it could turn out,” Korten said.

    It stretched 30 feet….

    The roll would probably stretch much longer than 30 feet today, Morris and Korten said, thanks to the increasing strength of federal employee unions and failures by succeeding presidents from both political parties to make it a priority to reward high performers and get rid of poor performers in the federal bureaucracy.

    Dealing with unions, the formal civil service grievance process, and internal agency requirements usually takes months, not days or weeks. If an employee appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board — an entire agency devoted to hearing and adjudicating employees’ grievances — it can take more time. And federal court appeals can take years, Morris said….

    It’s an uphill battle, even in seemingly obvious cases. Federal law requires agencies, in instances of criminal misconduct, to prove the criminal activity hurts the agency’s mission, Morris said….

  136. Gail Combs says:

    The ACLU is whining about TRUMP TRANSPARENCY. (Transparency = Yellow Stream Media gets to set the message and bash Trump 24/7.)

    Corey Lewandowski discusses how the incoming Trump administration is perceived as threat by the professional urinalists.

    Mean while Trump summarizes his E.O.’s. Explains what they will do and signs them before WELL DRESSED (snicker) witnesses.

    ***BUT THAT’S NOT THE TRANSPARENCY we were looking for!***

    Trump/Spicer is also making it a policy to ignore the Big Six media corporations and call on less well known independents. Press Secretary Sean Spicer Delivers First White House Full Press Briefing (Video)…

    So far they have ignored the subtle lessons on manners.

    Those are BRAND NEW CHAIRS BTW that are being skewered by spiked heels.

    Reporters LOSE IT – STAND ON CHAIRS, SCREAM at Trump Press Event

    Epect harder lessons in manners to come.

  137. Gail Combs says:

    It would seem that bad manners and a COMPLETE DISREGARD for others property is the unifying characteristic of the Progressive Left.

    Consider how the Clinton’s treated OUR property.

    Team Clinton Spray Paint Graffiti On New Trump International Hotel in DC…

    The Clinton team are up to their old tricks again. The last time they were in a position of power in DC they spray painted the interior of the White House…

    When considering how Bill and Hillary Clinton regard the office of the presidency, a new generation of voters may not even know what they did in 2000:

    ♦ writing vulgar messages on the White House office walls,
    ♦ destroying furniture,
    ♦ slicing chair cushions,
    ♦ ripping phones out of walls,
    ♦ removing the historic antique door knobs,
    ♦ cutting all the electronic cabling
    ♦ stealing items (lots of stuff),
    ♦ switching around the fax machines and location addressed telephones,
    ♦ gluing desk drawers closed,
    ♦ carving into desk tops
    ♦ removing the “w” key from all the computer keyboards,
    ♦ spray painting the walls, and much worse.

  138. M Simon says:

    Another EPA employee was convicted of sneaking marijuana and marijuana pipes into a federal facility, but went back to work after a 21-day suspension.

    If only he had been part of a US military contingent guarding opium poppies in Afghanistan, he could have been awarded a medal.

  139. M Simon says:

    Badlands Nat’l Park (@BadlandsNPS)

    Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate

    So it was higher before 650,000 years ago and the life forms survived?

  140. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    25 January 2017 at 11:13 am

    The last thing I want is efficient government. The economy creeps along because government is corrupt and inefficient. See R, USS.

  141. philjourdan says:

    @Gail – Re: Crowd size.

    The one place the MSM cannot hide the results is at the ballot box. But even after being spanked by the election, their actions clearly demonstrate they learned nothing. It is their loss.

  142. M Simon says:

    philjourdan says:
    25 January 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about it . The Republicans will do their usual and ignore the desires of about 1/2 the population and will be removed from office.

    I can give you an exact date for the beginning of the rise of Obama. When the Republican Congress began the Terri Schiavo hearings.

    For the Democrats it was the passing of ObamaCare.

    I will be watching for the next turning point.

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    This was published on Nov 17 of last year but so it can be referenced as the President starts cutting red tape for this sort of thing, some facts on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  144. Larry Ledwick says:

    POTUS Trump score board so far in his administration:

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another indicator of how out of bounds the Obama’s administration was on the law, is its Supreme Court record. It was the worst modern Presidential administration with regard to Supreme Court Appearances losing unanimous decisions 2x as often as the Bush administration and 1.5x the cases lost by Clinton.

  146. Larry Ledwick says:

    In a related item President Trump is going to cut off foreign aid to nations who refuse to accept back citizens deported by the US.

  147. Larry Ledwick says:

    On election systems and critical infrastructure designation by Home Land Security in the last days of the Obama admin, apparently all 50 states are pushing back on that, and asking President Trump to nullify that directive.

  148. Larry Ledwick says:

    On crowd size more background info on the original apples and oranges comparison pair.
    The Trump picture was taken about 3 hours before Trump was inaugurated, while the Obama image was taken while he was speaking.

  149. Larry Ledwick says:

    The immigrant pipe line is very much in an uproar over President Trump’s current and pending changes in immigration law. It will be interesting to see what spins out of this.

    One way to break the back of this bodies for money game is to maintain the pause in immigration long enough to put some significant financial impact on those who have been gaming the system for profit, by having to sit on and support large numbers of unvetted immigrants until new evaluation systems are in place.

    His recent requirement of periodic immigrant crime summaries will also put a big kink in this program as the info gets picked up in the media.

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    Mike Cernovich and Stefan Molyneux video on the Deploraball and related events during the inauguration.

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