W.O.O.D. – 11 December 2018

Intro

This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)

Immediate prior one here:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/w-o-o-d-3-december-2018/
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

Canonical list of old ones here:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/

So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”

What’s Going On?

December 5th came and went without any special events. Another rumor dies.

Ms T. May presented her Brain Fart Brexit BINO plan, got roasted, and ran off to the EU to “renegotiate” rather than face an honest vote. The EU has said NO Renegotiation! – but they can ‘explain it more’… Such sweethearts… She tried to satisfy the folks on both sides of the Brexit Fence with an average of their positions, but splitting your crotch over a sharp fence is the worst of both worlds not the best. She needs to pick A side and support it. The Remoaners are hoping to parlay this into a Remain. The Brexiteers need to just take a crash out and be done. There’s not enough time left to do it right.

It’s Darned Cold in the Northern Hemisphere, but the Climate Junkies are meeting in Poland plotting how to carve up the wealth of the world. One hopes more countries stand firm against these evil idiots.

I heard a new one on TV. IIRC, it was on France24 or Sky. A guy who was maybe Turkish but certainly from near there, banging on about “Hydro-Deplomacy” that’s needed due to “Climate Change” and especially in the Middle East. See, Climate Change will mean more droughts so we need to put the UN in charge of water and let it tell people who can build dams where, have water for crops, etc. It just can’t be worked out by countries on their own… So start watching for the big Climate Water Power Grab.

It is the month of Christmas, so Merry Christmas!

France has discovered it’s voice. Macron has started caving. The rest will be great theatre. Globalists are having a very bad year! Yay!

The rest of the EU is slowly catching fire with the French…while the Eastern nations have given a giant wet Raspberry to the UN Migration “pack”.

At some point folks running Nations need to realize the UN has become fundamentally evil and corrupt and either replace it with a decent international forum, of just shut it down outright.

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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82 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 11 December 2018

  1. H.R. says:

    E.M. wrote “At some point folks running Nations need to realize the UN has become fundamentally evil and corrupt and either replace it with a decent international forum, of just shut it down outright.”

    I found it surprising that President Trump didn’t spear the UN in the heart and call it quits.

    What I make of that is he finds the UN more useful as a body to keep poking with sharps sticks. Nikki Haley was no great Trump supporter, but she was a good pick and a good soldier (only a couple of Trump-contradictory miss-steps) who was given a LOT of sharp sticks with which she dutifully poked the other members of the UN in their eyes.

    I hope Kirstjen Nielsen is as handy with sharp sticks as Nikki Haley was. If not, I’m all for getting the U.S. out of the UN. Perhaps President Trump is looking at that option.(N.B. The UN building would make some fabulous high-rise condos in NYC with a bit of conversion.)

    P.S. I’ve always been vocal about getting the U.S. out of the UN. Now that I’m aware of and have witnessed some of President Trump’s strategic thinking abilities, I’m in a more of a “wait and see” mode.

  2. Another Ian says:

    HR

    In case you didn’t –

    Kris K was a Rhodes Scholar and his subject was English literature IIRC

  3. ray warkentin says:

    ” the UN has become fundamentally evil and corrupt and either replace it with a decent international forum, of just shut it down outright.”

    The UN has always been corrupt with the IPCC its corrupt spawn. I don’t think a ” decent international forum” is a possibility. With so many countries run by lunatics, incompetents, socialists and other ideologically confused folks, criminals, thugs, tin-pot dictators, and just general degenerates, decency and decision-making soundness is never going to happen. Self-interest, greed, and ideological motivations will rule as they do now.The whole concept of world government is both flawed and dangerous.

  4. philjourdan says:

    Eastern Europe has always been anti-globalist. They lived under the yoke of the USSR. Watch Northern Europe for the fate of the EU, and thus globalists.

  5. H.R. says:

    “In case you didn’t – “

    @Another Ian – I didn’t. I didn’t listen to popular music much around Kris’ time, and I dare say, it seems he was quite popular, so the dribs and drabs of info you’ve presented about Kris K. are all news to me (years after the fact!) and I am finding him to be very talented and interesting. Thank you, sir!

    As a return favor, I refer you to “Tennessee” Ernie Ford. He is one of the very few successful basso profundo popular vocalists.(“Bowser” was another.) Ford is well loved and respected, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why popular modern music is dominated by guys that sing like castratos instead of like the multi-millions of guys that have voices in the baritone or bass range, like Mr. Ford. 🤷‍♂️ Beats me.

  6. Another Ian says:

    H.R. says:
    12 December 2018 at 3:45 am

    Thanks. Nothing wrong with letting music age to see if it was worthwhile.

    Re modern music – I have to put up with the boys playing rap music.

    They have to put up with me referring to it as “road rage music”.

    And if that is around as long as Shakespeare then educational dumbing down will have succeeded beyond its wildest dreams (IMO)

  7. Chuckles says:

    Ms. T May is facing a party vote of no confidence later today,which, if it follows the mood of the country, will see her out on her ear.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6790356/brits-would-rather-quit-the-eu-with-no-deal-than-back-theresa-mays-brexit-plans/

    “She needs to pick A side and support it.”

    the May has never been anything but a staunch Remoaner, which is obvious from the absurd agreement she ‘negotiated’. The main mystery is why she thought she could get away with it

  8. llanfar says:

    @E.M.Smith “December 5th”…

    Pushed to the 13th due to Bush 41 death. Given my thoughts as to his involvement in the deep state and a propensity to conspiracies, I can’t help but think it was intentional to redirect away from the 5th…

    Note: real problems finding this outside of Twitter and YouTube.found this though: https://blogjustnews.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/russiagate-the-mueller-investigation-and-the-clinton-foundation/

  9. A C Osborn says:

    “Chuckles says: 12 December 2018 at 12:48 pm
    Ms. T May is facing a party vote of no confidence later today,which, if it follows the mood of the country, will see her out on her ear.”

    I don’t think they will, it could be the end of the Conservative party in UK politics for some time and we will be lumbered with that marxist cretin J Corbyn.

  10. Chuckles says:

    ACO,

    I’d have to agree. As I understand it, something like 60-70% of the country would rather have a ‘no deal’ Brexit than the monstrosity that has been offered, and if that’s coupled with TM staying in No. 10, all indications are that the next election will be a Tory massacre?

    Not that it seems like too many in the Westminster bubble are aware of it.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @All:

    Why I tend to use dedicated cheap machines for dedicated purposes and NOT do an “all on one box” approach: EVEN if you compromised my browser on the internet browsing machine, you can’t get my email, my financials, or my private notes… I don’t recall if we’ve discussed this web browser based Meltdown / Specter exploit before, but it bears repeating:

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/mozilla-confirms-web-based-execution-vector-for-meltdown-and-spectre-attacks/

    Mozilla Confirms Web-Based Execution Vector for Meltdown and Spectre Attacks
    By
    Catalin Cimpanu
    January 4, 2018
    Mozilla has officially confirmed that the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws can be exploited via web content such as JavaScript files in order to extract information from users visiting a web page.

    Meltdown and Spectre are two vulnerabilities discovered by Google security researchers that affect almost all CPUs released since 1995, impacting CPUs deployed in desktops, laptops, servers, smartphones, smart devices, and cloud services.

    Researchers say that attackers can use the two flaws to read data from a computer’s kernel memory (Meltdown), but also data handled by other apps (Spectre).

    More precisely, Google says the two bugs can be exploited to “to steal data which is currently processed on the computer,” which includes “your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents.”

    So you just don’t put secure data on a machine used for internet stuff…

    Look, with a browser capable machine running about $30 or $60 for a really “hot” one (or ‘free’ if you re-use cast off equipment) it is very very easy to set up the browser on one machine and do private stuff on another one.

    With the SBC class of equipment it can be as cheap as a $8 uSD card swap to a new “identity”.

    In full disclosure, I’m enjoying the fact that my “habits” (aka best practices) have allowed me to just not give a damn about Meltdown & Specter (and a dozen others…) while other folks who thought I was being paranoid and over the top are now worried. Feeling a bit justified and not quite smug (but I can see it from here ;-) is a pleasure. But…

    Really, my reason is just to remind folks that physical isolation of profiles on different hardware / software is a GREAT way to get Security. No software exploit can get past it. No “bug” can compromise it.

    On my desktop I have 1 DVI monitor with an HDMI adapter. Good for anything that doesn’t need sound (other than some odd SBCs with picky / buggy HDMI) and one $100 TV set (19 inch) with HDMI input (good for things needing sound but the video is a bit hard to read some text). The TV has a ROKU for general TV use (i.e. I can unplug the “smart TV” part so it can’t be a vector of anything if I’m feeling really paranoid / worried – NO built in “smart TV” guts). Then there are “a few” SBCs (Single Board Computers) at any one time. Usually 2.

    I regularly swap SBCs and chips in the SBCs for different tasks. One is used for general browsing and blog posting. There is NOTHING else on it. Just some downloads of stuff that’s on the internet and my browsing and posting. I can swap the uSD card and have my email platform up in about 20 seconds. All my saved data is on external USB disk drives. These are powered down almost all the time (unless I’m using them actively). There’s just no way a browsing session can get into a turned off USB disk… Just sayin’… New downloads go onto the Browser chip. IF I want to save a copy longer term, that chip gets put in a carrier and mounted as a disk on the general desktop and the file copied off. Even if the OS were compromised on that chip, it isn’t running during the copy operation on that saved file.

    I regularly re-flash the browser chip with a new OS install… ( I’m sure folks have notice me mentioning trying this or that OS at various times and swapping my Daily Driver…) Any potential compromise is limited in time too.

    I would strongly encourage folks to select some device as their general purpose browsing device where you don’t do personal business. The cost to do so is very low and the operational annoyance is fairly small. The security assurance is large.

    FWIW, I take this even a bit further. I have a Tablet that is mostly used just for browsing “on the road” at public WiFi spots So it has the various ‘tags’ from places like StarBucks on it. Starbucks gets to find out that a tablet with nothing much about me at all on it, is sometimes used at Starbucks… It tends to be turned off otherwise. No tracking me via my phone connecting to their WiFi. No record of my browsing history in my phone. Even used a ‘not my main one’ email account for the authorization email they are now using. The Tablet is one identity, the phone is another, the home systems are a 3rd and 4th and 5th and…. That fractures the attempts to make a profile on me along with security isolation between sites / devices.

    It is important to see the Web Browser as one giant security hole / exploit. Then act accordingly.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    @Chuckles:

    Saw that on France24 this morning. I think the vote is supposed to be about 12 noon California time, so about 3 hours…

    I think Ms. May is about to become last year’s news…

    @llanfar:

    Had missed that. OK so on watch for tomorrow for the supposed big reveal…

    @A.C.Osborn:

    Don’t see how someone who got a contempt charge can survive. OTOH, I’m not in touch with how UK Political machinations work. The whole Parliament thing of ‘here today gone tomorrow’ governments is a bit alien to the American “you are stuck with the jerk for 4 years” way.

    It has been interesting watching the UK do the “worst of all possible worlds” political actions over the last few years, culminating in the BINO Deal that’s the opposite of an exit. For some time I’d thought the parliamentary system might be better than the American. Now I’m convinced it is worse. We may get the occasional bad leader, but we avoid a lot of waffle and fence splitting sitting and instant unstable no-government stuff. We don’t take a 2 month time out in the middle of time critical emergencies to huddle and form a new government. (Unless it lands on an election quarter ;-)

    So the next 2 days ought to be “something”. We’ll find out what the UK does for leadership and potentially that Reveal of Clinton Crap – or discovering the hype is a fake…

  13. jim2 says:

    Cohen got 36 months in Otisville, NY Federal prison. It contains both medium and minimum security facilities. Cohen is probably off to the minimum security one. Prison, but not too bad compared to a general population prison.

    Trump said his current lawyers are telling him the boobie payoffs were legal, done with private money. So, just another YSM tempest in a teapot?

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    He likely loses his ability to be a lawyer too…

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like T. May stays in 200 for 117 against majority of 83.

    No further confidence vote for 3 months, so she runs things right up to Brexit horizon.

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this should workout well:
    From twitter: (are they going to go into homes to inventory kerosene lanterns or just slap the tax on the lamp oil?)
    The Mad Medic
    ‏@themadmedic1
    2 hours ago
    More
    Replying to @AP
    Next week: California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for kerosene lanterns in homes to help support programs that make electricity accessible to the poor.

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the California wild fires and forest management comments by President Trump.

    https://canadafreepress.com/article/trump-was-right-about-raking-finnish-forests

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile back at money grubbing central (California government)

    https://www.apnews.com/1380651d8c02474fb1c7d7831213a991

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    And some folks wonder why I want to leave California…

  20. llanfar says:

    Well crap. Huber delayed again…

  21. Another Ian says:

    “Trump was right about “raking” Finnish forests”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/12/trump-was-right-about-raking-finnish-forests/

  22. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Another one for your “Victims of Ephemeral Energy” file

    “SA (South Africa) is stumbling towards energy disaster. On top of Eskom’s failures comes the calamitous Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, a plan for ruinously expensive electricity. (The IRP 2018, drawn up by the department of energy, plans SA’s electricity supply.) The IRP is mad, based not on the real world but on a fantasy world of computer models.”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2018/12/winning-huge-un-climate-junket-only-attracts-four-leaders/#comment-2081705

  23. R. de Haan says:

    Historical evidence tells us that Florida is not the place to be during a cold period.

  24. Another Ian says:

    A good term IMO

    “Big Green White Elephant Builders.

    A good label for renewables infrastructure that gets everybody’s attention.

    And renewables infrastructure is the Ultimate Token.

    It has been made to look cheap, to look like electricity, but in reality is very expensive and very damaging to the Real Electricity Generation and Distribution systems.”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2018/12/far-southern-ocean-cools-kiss-goodbye-to-polar-amplication-around-antarctica/#comment-2081873

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little bit her on inflation ranking of countries – this guy might be worth keeping an eye on.
    Prof. Steve Hanke
    ‏Verified account
    @steve_hanke
    17 minutes ago
    More
    My Weekly World Inflation Roundup. #Sudan has passed #Iran for the 3rd highest annual inflation rate in the world, at 180%.

    His bio:
    Prof. Steve Hanke Verified account
    @steve_hanke
    Applied Economist @JohnsHopkins | Sr. Fellow & Director #TroubledCurrencies Project @CatoInstitute | @Forbes | FX & Commodities Trader | Reagan White House Alum

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item here about a fireball that exploded over greenland Thule Air Base a while back on July 25, they have recorded seismic data from the ground slap from the concussion. It had a calculated energy release of about 2.1 kilotons of TNT

    https://www.livescience.com/64291-greenland-fireball-seismic-recordings.html

  27. E.M.Smith says:

    Sky News reported that Virgin Galactic just ran a successful flight of their full sized service ready space tourism spaceship. We’ll see if they are really ready to public access to space.

    They also are running a story on the Evil Glitter… see it’s plastic so can’t be recycled… Yeah, right. You can just run it through a garbage to energy plant and burn it, if nothing else. Not to mention turning it into synthesis gas… But in the war on All Things Fun, glitter must go!

    Sigh. The Stupid is strong in these ones…

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    IIRC, the statistic is that about 2 x year a “nuclear weapon sized” BANG! happens somewhere on the planet when a rock whacks into us. But since we’re 70% ocean, and lots of empty land (Siberia, Sahara, OutBack Australia, Brazil Rain Forest, Kalahari…) most of them are never observed or only reported by a handful of folks.

    There’s a patch of glass in the Sahara where one fused the sand over a large area… then it looks like the “Pillar Of Salt” story was one that clipped a mountain top on the way to an impact in Europe somewhere, with debris on the return path as the “fire & brimstone” that took out Sodam & Gomorrah. Then there’s an ancient city in India where bodies (skeletons…) look like they died in a nuclear blast somewhere in the Indus? area that is now a desert. And more.

    Eventually another one of the Big Ones will flatten a major city somewhere again. Then folks will start taking space rock protection seriously. Until then, folks just like the lights in the sky…

    I just hope we get our act together before another one the size of the Younger Dryas impact or the Chicxalub dinosaur killer comes along… It would also be a Very Bad Day if it were thought to be the start of a nuclear war and folks started lobbing at each other… While we have lots of satellites to detect that it wasn’t a rocket, if one hit in the M.East somewhere we could easily find out who really has nukes…

    It is, IMHO, one of THE major issues we ought to be addressing while instead folks are obsessing over 2 C of beneficial warming that we are NOT going to get anyway…

  29. H.R. says:

    E.M. “Eventually another one of the Big Ones will flatten a major city somewhere again. Then folks will start taking space rock protection seriously.”

    Yeah, it’s all just giggles and laughs until a couple of million people get vaporized.

    The response to such a catastrophe will be the inevitable, “We must immediately STOP using fossil fuels, raise taxes, and form a One-World Government.”

  30. beththeserf says:

    Say, prioritizing ‘more bang for the buck.’
    Good pragmatic response from BL here but JP doesn’t take the problem of cli-sc- AGW at face value on the opinion of experts, as does BL.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    What follows gun control

    A true story from Romania.

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/how-gun-and-way-23362316

  32. Ossqss says:

    Now this is interesting. My Braun toothbrush does something similar. Think about those flocks of birds we have seen on powerlines ;-)

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-15/navy-wants-swarm-weapons-can-steal-electricity

    So, why would the Navy be interested in this, is my question?

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    So, why would the Navy be interested in this, is my question?

    Persistent observation prior to Seal Missions or amphibious assault and hunter killer swarms which can loiter in the area and take out SAM sites to protect Naval aviation, as soon as Sam radar goes active would be my guess.

    If you could prior to invasion park 200 or so small sensor fuzed weapons drones armed with 1 or 2 “skeet” bomblets which weigh about 1 kg each, in the avenue of advance, and turn them lose just at first contact, it would be devastating to defensive units trying to stop the landing.

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    British Airways #BA208
    Declared MAYDAY Emergency
    Miami to London
    Diverting to Boston
    Dumping fuel enroute
    G-XLEC Airbus A380

    Currently at 2925 ft altitude and 224 knots heading to Boston.

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    Slowing to 142 knots and now at 1725 ft altitude north west of Quincy Mass.

    https://www.flightradar24.com/BAW34N/1ee233f0

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like she is on the ground at Boston Logan Airport.

  37. Larry Ledwick says:

    It appears it was a medical emergency situation for someone on board.
    Tom Podolec Aviation
    ‏@TomPodolec
    1 minute ago
    More
    Update 🔀 DIVERSION Mayday
    British Airways #BA208
    Miami to London diverted to Boston. Declared Mayday emergency (life threatening) for a person in medical distress. Landed runway 04R. Taxiing to gate. Paramedics/ARFF at the gate.

  38. Power Grab says:

    I wonder what the problem was.

    Here is an interesting thread from last month involving the same flight number and a swap of a 747 for an A380.

    Intriguing…
    https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1939385-ba208-miami-lhr-10-nov-problems-due-aircraft-change-2.html

  39. Power Grab says:

    Why would they dump fuel for a medical emergency?

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    Their fully fueled weight for transatlantic flight may have exceeded safe landing weight for that airport or the aircraft.

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    A followup for the Romanian comment above on how gun control works in real communist countries I pasted above. This is a story recited in the comments to that thread on twitter. I have cleaned it up a bit to make it more readable due to the way twitter chops things up in short blocks,

    It has a bit of strong language which I left as it was written.

    It is important to understand (for those too young to remember) what real refugees did for freedom from Communism, literally running for their lives as border guards tried to kill them. Real refugees don’t care where they are going, as long as they are free from what they are trying to escape.

    This little story I dedicate to all those poor souls who did not succeed in their run for freedom and the few victors who made it against all odds. For those of us old enough to remember pictures of dead East Germans hanging in the wire, or being shot down as they ran to cross the wall, this is a too familiar tale that those younger need to learn.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Tim Willard
    ‏ @TWillardAuthor
    5 hours ago

    In the fall of 1988, after REFORGER [ this is a major NATO military exercise that sometimes got the USSR very antsy ] , I was on Border Patrol. We had a pretty strict RoE [ Rules of Engagement ], which the LT repeated every 15 minutes because enlisted men like me were usually stupid, drunk, or some combination of the two.

    So we’re out at the bottom of this hill, which is marked as our
    side of the 1K Zone (Or Anti-Capitalist Zone) when we hear dogs barking and rifle shots.

    We rack in our rounds. We’re in a shitty pickup truck and a Blazer. One guy is frantically digging for the M-60 rounds somewhere under the MRE boxes, and the LT is yelling at us
    to go here, there, HOLY SHIT THAT WAS FULL AUTO!

    I belly down in some bushes, smashing my balls in the process, & look over the sights of my shitty M16A1 rifle.

    The dogs are getting louder.

    This dude crests the hill. He’s got no shirt. He’s in jeans. He’s got on two different
    brands of running shoes. He’s got a sweatband tied around his head.

    ANd he’s fucking HAULING ASS! I mean, assholes and elbows, this dude crests the hill FLYING. He’s got perfect Olympic form. He’s running like he stole the soul of a Kenyan Olympic runner and he ain’t stopping for Hell, high water, or tall indians.

    The LT’s yelling “HOLD FIRE! HOLD FIRE!” as this dude starts barreling down the hill. The LT’s got the binoculars up, and he’s waving us off before we pop this goddamn superhuman athlete running at us like it’s closing time at the bar.
    What steps is he taking to cross the 1K Zone?

    FUCKING LONG ONES!

    He’s about a quarter of the way down the hill when the dogs crest the hill. Mean looking lean fuckers. Does this paragon of sprinting look behind him? Fuck no. He leans into it, somehow picking up speed

    We’re all standing up and cheering him on. He’s blowing hard, veering toward us, looking up at us and then putting his head down to charge at us.

    “IF THE DOGS CROSS SHOOT THEM!” The LT yells.

    “RUN RUN RUN YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!” someone else yells.

    “GO GO GO!” is yelled.

    Dude is not slowing down. If anything he’s pulling ahead of the dogs. He’s halfway down this hill. If he makes it to our vehicles, he’s in West Germany, and we’re duty bound to protect him.

    He knows it. We know it. The LT knows it.

    It’s a perfect day. Not too hot, not too cold. Not too sunny not too dim. Humidity perfect for running.

    It’s a frozen moment of time as the shitty looking little jeep-like fucking thing crests the hill with two dudes in East German uniforms hanging off it waving their rifles & yelling some Commie bullshit

    The runner, he don’t care.
    “LOAD ‘EM UP! RUN, GODDAMN IT, RUN!” The LT yells, first to us, then to Mr. Olympiad. He yanks his pistol out and raises it over his head.

    The dogs are still coming. Dude is over halfway down the hill. Only about 400m from us. If anything he’s gaining speed. He can TASTE it.
    We all go prone or down in the kneeling firing position.

    “SAFE TO SEMI! RUN, MOTHERFUCKER, RUN!” The LT yells.

    One of the East Germans takes aim at the guy running. Like he’s going to hit shit with that shitty AK-74 at 600m.
    It’s frozen there.

    The LT fires one off into the air.

    The obvious shock of the East Germans that the LT fired one off. The tendon in my hand, connected to my trigger finger aching. The guy in mid-stride, sweat flying off of him, the dogs frozen in mid-bark as they charge. The smell of my uniform and weapon.
    The moment breaks. One of the guys in the shitty vehicle shoves the guy who aimed. Dude is only a couple hundred meters from us, still gaining speed. He’s grinning now, he knows he’s got this.

    Everything speeds up. One of the East Germans fires off two rounds. The LT fires into
    the air again.

    Nobody can hit anyone at this distance. It isn’t the point.

    Dude goes FLYING by us.

    He’s lost the sole of one of his shoes and I noticed he’s got tape around the other one. He’s panting like a forge bellows. He goes by me so close I could have grabbed him.
    We hear a whistle. The dogs skid to a stop, then silently start trotting back.

    “Go get him!” The LT yells, still staring at the East Germans, who have started back up the hill, knowing they’re in the 1K Zone and this could get real ugly real fast.

    I jump in the back of the truck and the driver takes off after Mr. Olympics.

    We catch up to him, yell at him that he made it, he’s in WEST Germany now.

    He stops, gasping. We tell him get in the back. We take him back to the LT, the LT has us take him to the nearest MP station for processing.

    We get the story. He’d gotten the idea while he was a conscript. He ran constantly. Trained for the entire time he was in the military. There was workplace only about 10 miles from the 1K Zone. He applied for it & got to go there.

    He took off that morning. Wearing running shoes.
    He told us that he hoped that because the American Army grabbed him, he’d get to go to America, that he was in Germany so maybe he could stay in Germany, but he’d take whatever he got. He didn’t care.

    He had a TM’s [ Technical Manual ] for the gunnery sight on the newest ZSU [ trackmounted Soviet antiaircraft gun ] jammed down the back of his shorts and wanted to know if we wanted to buy it for $100 American dollars.

    The LT had us break out the whiskey bottle and give him a shot, give him water, and give him a couple MRE’s.

    We dropped him off at the MP’s.

    He was happy as fuck.

    He’d done it.
    Years of training. Weeks of planning memorizing guard patrol patterns. Then going for it.

    He ran his ass off for freedom. He didn’t care which country. Any country was better than being stuck in the USSR.

    Any. Fucking. Where.

    I hope he enjoys every little bit of freedom. //fin

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    A followup for the Romanian comment above on how gun control works in real communist countries I pasted above. This is a story recited in the comments to that thread on twitter. I have cleaned it up a bit to make it more readable due to the way twitter chops things up in short blocks,

    It has a bit of strong language which I left as it was written.

    It is important to understand (for those too young to remember) what real refugees did for freedom from Communism, literally running for their lives as border guards tried to kill them. Real refugees don’t care where they are going, as long as they are free from what they are trying to escape.

    This little story I dedicate to all those poor souls who did not succeed in their run for freedom and the few victors who made it against all odds. For those of us old enough to remember pictures of dead East Germans hanging in the wire, or being shot down as they ran to cross the wall, this is a too familiar tale that those younger need to learn.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Tim Willard
    ‏ @TWillardAuthor
    5 hours ago

    In the fall of 1988, after REFORGER [ this is a major NATO military exercise that sometimes got the USSR very antsy ] , I was on Border Patrol. We had a pretty strict RoE [ Rules of Engagement ], which the LT repeated every 15 minutes because enlisted men like me were usually stupid, drunk, or some combination of the two.

    So we’re out at the bottom of this hill, which is marked as our
    side of the 1K Zone (Or Anti-Capitalist Zone) when we hear dogs barking and rifle shots.

    We rack in our rounds. We’re in a shitty pickup truck and a Blazer. One guy is frantically digging for the M-60 rounds somewhere under the MRE boxes, and the LT is yelling at us
    to go here, there, HOLY SHIT THAT WAS FULL AUTO!

    I belly down in some bushes, smashing my balls in the process, & look over the sights of my shitty M16A1 rifle.

    The dogs are getting louder.

    This dude crests the hill. He’s got no shirt. He’s in jeans. He’s got on two different
    brands of running shoes. He’s got a sweatband tied around his head.

    ANd he’s fucking HAULING ASS! I mean, assholes and elbows, this dude crests the hill FLYING. He’s got perfect Olympic form. He’s running like he stole the soul of a Kenyan Olympic runner and he ain’t stopping for Hell, high water, or tall indians.

    The LT’s yelling “HOLD FIRE! HOLD FIRE!” as this dude starts barreling down the hill. The LT’s got the binoculars up, and he’s waving us off before we pop this goddamn superhuman athlete running at us like it’s closing time at the bar.
    What steps is he taking to cross the 1K Zone?

    FUCKING LONG ONES!

    He’s about a quarter of the way down the hill when the dogs crest the hill. Mean looking lean fuckers. Does this paragon of sprinting look behind him? Fuck no. He leans into it, somehow picking up speed

    We’re all standing up and cheering him on. He’s blowing hard, veering toward us, looking up at us and then putting his head down to charge at us.

    “IF THE DOGS CROSS SHOOT THEM!” The LT yells.

    “RUN RUN RUN YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!” someone else yells.

    “GO GO GO!” is yelled.

    Dude is not slowing down. If anything he’s pulling ahead of the dogs. He’s halfway down this hill. If he makes it to our vehicles, he’s in West Germany, and we’re duty bound to protect him.

    He knows it. We know it. The LT knows it.

    It’s a perfect day. Not too hot, not too cold. Not too sunny not too dim. Humidity perfect for running.

    It’s a frozen moment of time as the shitty looking little jeep-like fucking thing crests the hill with two dudes in East German uniforms hanging off it waving their rifles & yelling some Commie bullshit

    The runner, he don’t care.
    “LOAD ‘EM UP! RUN, GODDAMN IT, RUN!” The LT yells, first to us, then to Mr. Olympiad. He yanks his pistol out and raises it over his head.

    The dogs are still coming. Dude is over halfway down the hill. Only about 400m from us. If anything he’s gaining speed. He can TASTE it.
    We all go prone or down in the kneeling firing position.

    “SAFE TO SEMI! RUN, MOTHERFUCKER, RUN!” The LT yells.

    One of the East Germans takes aim at the guy running. Like he’s going to hit shit with that shitty AK-74 at 600m.
    It’s frozen there.

    The LT fires one off into the air.

    The obvious shock of the East Germans that the LT fired one off. The tendon in my hand, connected to my trigger finger aching. The guy in mid-stride, sweat flying off of him, the dogs frozen in mid-bark as they charge. The smell of my uniform and weapon.
    The moment breaks. One of the guys in the shitty vehicle shoves the guy who aimed. Dude is only a couple hundred meters from us, still gaining speed. He’s grinning now, he knows he’s got this.

    Everything speeds up. One of the East Germans fires off two rounds. The LT fires into
    the air again.

    Nobody can hit anyone at this distance. It isn’t the point.

    Dude goes FLYING by us.

    He’s lost the sole of one of his shoes and I noticed he’s got tape around the other one. He’s panting like a forge bellows. He goes by me so close I could have grabbed him.
    We hear a whistle. The dogs skid to a stop, then silently start trotting back.

    “Go get him!” The LT yells, still staring at the East Germans, who have started back up the hill, knowing they’re in the 1K Zone and this could get real ugly real fast.

    I jump in the back of the truck and the driver takes off after Mr. Olympics.

    We catch up to him, yell at him that he made it, he’s in WEST Germany now.

    He stops, gasping. We tell him get in the back. We take him back to the LT, the LT has us take him to the nearest MP station for processing.

    We get the story. He’d gotten the idea while he was a conscript. He ran constantly. Trained for the entire time he was in the military. There was workplace only about 10 miles from the 1K Zone. He applied for it & got to go there.

    He took off that morning. Wearing running shoes.
    He told us that he hoped that because the American Army grabbed him, he’d get to go to America, that he was in Germany so maybe he could stay in Germany, but he’d take whatever he got. He didn’t care.

    He had a TM’s [ Technical Manual ] for the gunnery sight on the newest ZSU [ trackmounted Soviet antiaircraft gun ] jammed down the back of his shorts and wanted to know if we wanted to buy it for $100 American dollars.

    The LT had us break out the whiskey bottle and give him a shot, give him water, and give him a couple MRE’s.

    We dropped him off at the MP’s.

    He was happy as fuck.

    He’d done it.
    Years of training. Weeks of planning memorizing guard patrol patterns. Then going for it.

    He ran his ass off for freedom. He didn’t care which country. Any country was better than being stuck in the USSR.

    Any. Fucking. Where.

    I hope he enjoys every little bit of freedom. //fin

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    I just entered a long post that may have been eaten by the spam filter.

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    I didn’t notice any when I was emptying SPAM but it was early and I may have not noticed it was from you in time. I tend to work from bottom-up and if the last few lines look SPAMish just hit delete… The poster name is at the top…

    Something talking about airlines / links would easily tickle that…

    Planes that declare emergencies typically dump fuel so that any landing with an Oh-Oh doesn’t have much fuel to burn on the ground. I doubt F.A.A. regs take the time to class different emergencies into different types with different approved actions. I’d wager there is one protocol and it is “dump all but necessary fuel for 20 flight minutes before any emergency landing”… though the landing weight issue could also be it.

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    It likely looked spammy to you – it was a comment that captured a real life narrative of an escape from communist Germany from the view of an American GI who was on boarder guard with all the colorful language preserved.

    I will post it again and put my initials at the bottom of the post.
    I think it is a great story of how real refugees behave vs some recent so called refugees who were picky about where they went.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    A refugee escape narrative:

    Tim Willard
    ‏ @TWillardAuthor
    5 hours ago

    In the fall of 1988, after REFORGER [this is a major NATO miliary exercise that sometimes got the USSR very antsy] , I was on Border Patrol. We had a pretty strict RoE (Rules of Engagement], which the LT repeated every 15 minutes because enlisted men like me were usually stupid, drunk, or some combination of the two.

    So we’re out at the bottom of this hill, which is marked as our
    side of the 1K Zone (Or Anti-Capitalist Zone) when we hear dogs barking and rifle shots.

    We rack in our rounds. We’re in a shitty pickup truck and a Blazer. One guy is franctically digging for the M-60 rounds somewhere under the MRE boxes, and the LT is yelling at us
    to go here, there, HOLY SHIT THAT WAS FULL AUTO!

    I belly down in some bushes, smashing my balls in the process, & look over the sights of my shitty M16A1 rifle.

    The dogs are getting louder.

    This dude crests the hill. He’s got no shirt. He’s in jeans. He’s got on two different
    brands of running shoes. He’s got a sweatband tied around his head.

    ANd he’s fucking HAULING ASS! I mean, assholes and elbows, this dude crests the hill FLYING. He’s got perfect Olympic form. He’s running like he stole the soul of a Kenyan Olympic runner and he ain’t stopping
    for Hell, high water, or tall indians.

    The LT’s yelling “HOLD FIRE! HOLD FIRE!” as this dude starts barrelling down the hill. The LT’s got the binoculars up, and he’s waving us off before we pop this goddamn superhuman athlete running at us like it’s closing time at the bar.
    What steps is he taking to cross the 1K Zone?

    FUCKING LONG ONES!

    He’s about a quarter of the way down the hill when the dogs crest the hill. Mean looking lean fuckers. Does this paragon of sprinting look behind him? Fuck no. He leans into it, somehow picking up speed

    We’re all standing up and cheering him on. He’s blowing hard, veering toward us, looking up at us and then putting his head down to charge at us.

    “IF THE DOGS CROSS SHOOT THEM!” The LT yells.

    “RUN RUN RUN YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!” someone else yells.

    “GO GO GO!” is yelled.

    Dude is not slowing down. If anything he’s pulling ahead of the dogs. He’s halfway down this hill. If he makes it to our vehicles, he’s in West Germany, and we’re duty bound to protect him.

    He knows it. We know it. The LT knows it.

    It’s a perfect day. Not too hot, not too cold. Not too sunny not too dim. Humidity perfect for running.

    It’s a frozen moment of time as the shitty looking little jeep-like fucking thing crests the hill with two dudes in East German uniforms hanging off it waving their rifles & yelling some Commie bullshit

    The runner, he don’t care.
    “LOAD ‘EM UP! RUN, GODDAMN IT, RUN!” The LT yells, first to us, then to Mr. Olympiad. He yanks his pistol out and raises it over his head.

    The dogs are still coming. Dude is over halfway down the hill. Only about 400m from us. If anything he’s gaining speed. He can TASTE it.
    We all go prone or down in the kneeling firing position.

    “SAFE TO SEMI! RUN, MOTHERFUCKER, RUN!” The LT yells.

    One of the East Germans takes aim at the guy running. Like he’s going to hit shit with that shitty AK-74 at 600m.
    It’s frozen there.

    The LT fires one off into the air.

    The obvious shock of the East Germans that the LT fired one off. The tendon in my hand, connected to my trigger finger aching. The guy in mid-stride, sweat flying off of him, the dogs frozen in mid-bark as they charge. The smell of my uniform and weapon.
    The moment breaks. One of the guys in the shitty vehicle shoves the guy who aimed. Dude is only a couple hundred meters from us, still gaining speed. He’s grinning now, he knows he’s got this.

    Everything speeds up. One of the East Germans fires off two rounds. The LT fires into
    the air again.

    Nobody can hit anyone at this distance. It isn’t the point.

    Dude goes FLYING by us.

    He’s lost the sole of one of his shoes and I noticed he’s got tape around the other one. He’s panting like a forge bellows. He goes by me so close I could have grabbed him.
    We hear a whistle. The dogs skid to a stop, then silently start trotting back.

    “Go get him!” The LT yells, still staring at the East Germans, who have started back up the hill, knowing they’re in the 1K Zone and this could get real ugly real fast.

    I jump in the back of the truck and the driver takes off after Mr. Olympics.

    We catch up to him, yell at him that he made it, he’s in WEST Germany now.

    He stops, gasping. We tell him get in the back. We take him back to the LT, the LT has us take him to the nearest MP station for processing.

    We get the story. He’d gotten the idea while he was a conscript. He ran constantly. Trained for the entire time he was in the military. There was workplace only about 10 miles from the 1K Zone. He applied for it & got to go there.

    He took off that morning. Wearing running shoes.
    He told us that he hoped that because the American Army grabbed him, he’d get to go to America, that he was in Germany so maybe he could stay in Germany, but he’d take whatever he got. He didn’t care.

    He had a TM’s for the gunnery sight on the newest ZSU [ trackmounted Soviet antiaircraft gun] jammed down the back of his shorts and wanted to know if we wanted to buy it for $100 American dollars.

    The LT had us break out the whiskey bottle and give him a shot, give him water, and give him a couple MRE’s.

    We dropped him off at the MP’s.

    He was happy as fuck.

    He’d done it.
    Years of training. Weeks of planning memorizing guard patrol patterns. Then going for it.

    He ran his ass off for freedom. He didn’t care which country. Any country was better than being stuck in the USSR.

    Any. Fucking. Where.

    I hope he enjoys every little bit of freedom. //fin

    LL

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    On a totally different issue looks like they might be putting together the info to nail the Clinton Foundation for misuse of charitable funds and hit them with massive tax penalties (assuming critical witness do not have unfortunate accidents with wood chippers)

  48. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, not in SPAM but in Trash.. F-Bombs get sent directly to trash bypassing SPAM entirely. I rarely check the trash bin…. but pulled 3 of somethings out. Too lazy to figure out which one is the keeper ;-)

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Thanks! I thought it was a great story you just can visualize the American GI’s cheering the guy on!

    It is an important observation that real refugees from terror and run away governments will not be picky about where they go for first asylum they will take what ever safe harbor is offered.

    Parasites and economic refugees who just want to manipulate the system will push for the best possible deal.

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    Under the category of how powerful is a search engine company when it comes to elections we have this little item.

    https://www.pnas.org/content/112/33/E4512

    Abstract
    Internet search rankings have a significant impact on consumer choices, mainly because users trust and choose higher-ranked results more than lower-ranked results. Given the apparent power of search rankings, we asked whether they could be manipulated to alter the preferences of undecided voters in democratic elections. Here we report the results of five relevant double-blind, randomized controlled experiments, using a total of 4,556 undecided voters representing diverse demographic characteristics of the voting populations of the United States and India. The fifth experiment is especially notable in that it was conducted with eligible voters throughout India in the midst of India’s 2014 Lok Sabha elections just before the final votes were cast. The results of these experiments demonstrate that (i) biased search rankings can shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20% or more, (ii) the shift can be much higher in some demographic groups, and (iii) search ranking bias can be masked so that people show no awareness of the manipulation. We call this type of influence, which might be applicable to a variety of attitudes and beliefs, the search engine manipulation effect. Given that many elections are won by small margins, our results suggest that a search engine company has the power to influence the results of a substantial number of elections with impunity. The impact of such manipulations would be especially large in countries dominated by a single search engine company.

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    Pleasant to notice that a comment on how to make a cheap food storage system at Iceagenow got turned into a posting! Pleasant surprise:

    https://www.iceagenow.info/dirt-cheap-survival-food-supply/

    Dirt-Cheap Survival Food Supply
    December 8, 2018 by Robert

    “Just the savings on “emergency runs to the store” has been worth it.” – E.M. Smith
    ____________
    Dirt-Cheap Survival Food Supply

    E.M. Smith

    I grew up in a Mormon Town (though as a non-Mormon) where the Mormon Church encouraged everyone to keep a 1 year supply of food. I once complained to my parents that we were not doing this and maybe the Mormons were right. Then my Dad pointed out we ran a restaurant with a big store room with way more than a year worth of food for just one family 😉

    In the end, I still was interested in food storage and I’ve done a fair amount of work on it. Not least because I live almost on top of the San Andreas Fault and must be ready for weeks of “on your own”.

    The Very Short Form:

    It takes about 1 pound of dry food per person per day. Think of a lb bag of lentils or rice. You can buy a 50 lb bag of beans & one of rice for somewhere near $100 and be set for 100 days. 200 days on survival only rations. There’s no reason to say you can’t afford some kind of stored food.

    I’ve stored both beans and rice in jars for years. Noodles too. It keeps better if stored without oxygen in the jar, but just air is fine for under 10 years. I’ve had lentils (the legume that stores best) stored for 16 years and still sprouted and grew. Do not store peas – they get hard and then do not soften in cooking.

    Buy a small pressure cooker as it will more than make up for the cost in extending your stored fuel supply. I have this one and it works great for 2 people:
    https://www.amazon.com/HAWKIN-Classic-CL3T-Improved-Aluminum-Pressure/dp/B00SX2YZMG/ref=sr_1_sc_3_m?ie=UTF8&qid=1543959134&sr=8-3-spell&keywords=hawkin%2Bpressur%2Bcooker&th=1

    I use 1/2 gallon canning jars. Just pour the dry goods in and spin on the lid. No money? Well, buy your regular foods in larger jars and wash / reuse them. I have some stuff in quart jars that were originally olives and artichoke hearts. It takes longer to build up a supply of stored food, but it is free.

    Canned goods keep for at least a year in good quality. Then there is a slow loss of flavor. At 2 to 3 years they start to be uninteresting and things like canned meat can start reacting with the can lining. But are you really going to store 3 years of SPAM? I’ve seen folks make a block of cans into a “coffee table” with a board on the top and a cloth drape over the stack – you do not need a garage of food… Just sliding cases of cans under the beds can give you months of food – and prevents the cat hiding under the bed too 😉

    So if you regularly eat green beans, peas, corn, and refried beans, just buy twice as much each week. Put 1/2 into “storage” and eat the rest. At the end of the year you will have 1 year of “the usual” in stores. Now drop back to buying “the usual amount” and each week, pull that much off the block under the bed and replace it with the new. Now you are never eating food more than 1 year old (and well inside the quality range) while having 1 year of canned goods in “storage”. (Note that these are “wet” – so you need more pounds / day than the “dry” if you are only eating this stuff – OTOH, it already has water in it so you don’t need that much water storage).

    Having a mix of both “wet” and “dry” goods can easily give you a year or two of stored food in not that much space. A closet is about enough.

    Get a “seed sprouter” and then some of your beans / wheat / whatever can be made in to fresh green sprouts instead of porridge. In a pinch, one of your jars with cloth over the top is a decent sprouter.

    More for anyone who cares to do more depth here:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/food-storage-systems/

    Then I found out you can make some things last longer by gently heating the jars in the oven, then tighten the lids and let them cook. Works well for things that don’t mind heat, like crackers or dry cereals. I did a test jar of rice and it stored nicely for over a year:

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/canned-crackers-dry-canning-say-what/

    If you think you will be “restarting society” after a year or two and want to be prepared to start a major garden, you can easily store seeds. Despite the package saying they are only good for one year, in fact, frozen they keep for decades. IF your freezer fails in the end of life as we know it, well, you needed to defrost them anyway 😉

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/diy-survival-or-preparedness-seed-pack/

    All of this can be done “Dirt Cheap” and without a lot of inconvenience. Once you have the stored inventory, then you are back to the regular run rate on food costs. I’ve used mine several times when “between jobs” and it’s also nice when you have that “Darn, out of {sugar, salt, rice, Oatmeal,…} moment and realize it’s just down the hall in the closet… Just the savings on “emergency runs to the store” has been worth it. Furthermore, if you buy some of it as “giant size” at warehouse stores like Costco, then you can actually end up getting most of it “for free” compared to the local high priced grocer.

    I now regularly buy the giant size can of coffee and “decant it” (using a canning funnel that costs about $1) into what started live as 24 ounce jars of peaches. The coffee in each jar stays fresh as it is sealed. So I get cheaper coffee, I’m never out, and in an emergency I’m likely “set” for about 2 months on my withdrawal deadline 😉 A couple of quarts of loose tea keeps for years, BTW. Takes many months to drink it all 😉

    My jars (in cardboard box with newspaper crumple around it) came through a 7.x earthquake just fine. They are also water and rodent and bug proof. Jars, they are your friends.

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Nice quick summary!

    I have been doing the buy two of what I buy for a long time, when you have to raid the pantry when you realize you are out of tomato soup, no trip to the store required right then, just add it to the shopping list and start heating up the soup.

    It is surprising how soon you find you have a good stock of food in the pantry with out really trying.

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    On another topic an interesting decision by a Federal Judge, this should get the Dems cranky because a lot of cities, towns and counties have laws specifically banning these traditional martial arts type weapons.

    https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2018/12/17/court-rules-second-amendment-protects-nunchucks/

    Interesting to note the last name of the Judge too! Judge Pamela K. Chen

    https://news.guns.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/nunchaku-decision.pdf

  54. Another Ian says:

    Hmmm!

    “BREAKING – Pientka and Strzok Joint FBI Notes Released – Judge Sullivan Orders Mueller Team To File Public Version of Pientka FBI Interview (FD-302)…”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/12/17/breaking-pientka-and-strzok-joint-fbi-notes-released-judge-sullivan-orders-mueller-team-to-file-public-version-of-pientka-fbi-interview-fd-302/#more-157860

  55. jim2 says:

    I had hoped to state this more eloquently, but havn’t gotten a roundtuit. I saw parts of Martha MacCallum’s interview with Trey Gowdy. Lots of people seem to believe he is of high integrity, and my gut agrees. And I held hope that in light of some of his statements about the Clintons and dimowits, that maybe the Rule of Law would be restored. But no, lots of talk, no perceptible action.

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    We will see how the illegal FISA usage plays out tomorrow in the Gen Flynn sentencing.

    https://quodverum.com/2018/12/352/judge-sullivan-this-is-your-time-deliver-the-hammer-blow-to-obama-s-police-state.html

    Keeping fingers crossed the Judge finds the behavior of the FBI abhorrent and slaps them down hard for this circus.

  57. E.M.Smith says:

    It would be nice to see some rational Judges start doing their jobs…

    That antifa mob beating on 2 Hispanic Marines is just sick. I hope they get State Pen for a few decades… 10 on 2 is just wrong. It would also be nice to see some Marine units cleaning some antifa clocks…. but we’ll just have to wait and see.

  58. Jon K says:

    Independent funding of the wall? I threw in a few bucks :)
    https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    DC circuit court finds that President Trump is protected by IRS confidentiality rules on tax records and does not need to release his tax records in response to FOI request.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just in time for Christmas some gift suggestions for socialists.

  61. Ossqss says:

    This is classic.
    I would have probably added some more significant suprises ;-)

  62. jim2 says:

    Another thing the Redimowits could have done was limit federal district courts. They could have made it such that a ruling couldn’t change administration policy. So the court rules, then it has to be taken up by the Supreme Court to confirm or deny. Congress created district courts, so they should be able to change the rules to limit the scope and or powers of the district courts.

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this could be interesting, but will probably take some significant time yet for this investigation to ripen to the point we can see any publicly acknowledged action.

    https://truepundit.com/clinton-investigators-doj-fbi-packed-757-jet-with-boxes-of-clinton-foundation-evidence-in-arkansas-video/

  64. E.M.Smith says:

    A 757 is rather large…

  65. H.R. says:

    @ossqss re “The Package”

    The fart spray alone was w-a-a-a-y better than a fine and suspended sentence, let alone the glitter.

    Law enforcement agencies are missing out on a significant crime deterrent. Not enough time to chase down petit theft? Well then salt a city with a few hundred of those puppies and door step theft would cease abruptly.

    P.S. Fishing the Sunshine Skyway South pier tomorrow 12/19 from 7:30 am until the rains come in the afternoon. Mackerel and Pompano are reported to be hitting.

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    And now for a little entertainment to take everyone’s mind off all the political crap.

  67. Ossqss says:

    Oh the pain Larry! I bet they don’t get close anytime soon near a drum!

    HR, keep an eye out on the pier. Gonna get windy. On the South Side, ya dont want to get the bridge closed when ya gotta go North to get home. Heads up on that!

  68. H.R. says:

    Was not aware of that. I’ll keep an eye on the wind and a hand on my skirt 😜

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    It’s great to see the results of good parenting.

    https://dailycaller.com/2018/12/18/antifa-leader-violent-communist/

    This guy met with Obama 39 times

    Bella Dottore 🧞‍♀️
    ‏@GeenaJagger
    4 minutes ago
    More
    Replying to @PennyHicks13 @HomerWhite and 3 others
    Yes he was… 39 times with Obama, out of 340

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm looks like the Capitol Police are doing a little riot and crowd control training – I wonder what they are expecting?

    Chad Pergram
    ‏Verified account
    @ChadPergram
    14 minutes ago
    More
    USCP say its officers are now “conducting a training exercise utilizing visible ballistic vests and field helmets. As part of this exercise, small groups of USCP officers may be seen running to multiple locations and maintaining tactical formation”

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh I bet I know – govt shutdown protests!

  72. jim2 says:

    Larry @ https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/w-o-o-d-11-december-2018/#comment-105367

    Robert Creamer is an activist, but is 71, and apparently not the antifa guy.

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  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yeah looks like I missed something on the post of the meeting schedule or Robert Creamer, meeting with Obama.

    Gets confusing hopping round twitter to pick stuff up sometimes, he was supposedly involved with paying folks to incite violence at demonstrations by an Okeefe project veritas video, he claimed ignorance of the subcontractors behavior and filed a law suit against Okeefe . He has been a DNC activist for a long time.

    The same sort of violence that “Chepe” endorses but I can’t find the original item now to see what I dropped.

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