W.O.O.D. 7 December 2019

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/2019/11/25/w-o-o-d-25-november-2019/
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/

For just general FYI notices, use to “tips” pages. All the old ones remain for historical reference:
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What’s Going On?

BREXIT

The election is now just under one week away. Corbin isn’t doing well, maybe that’s a good thing. In any case, time to start paying attention to Merry Olde again.

IG Report

Supposedly coming out Monday. Early reviews of rumors range from bland irrelevance to damaging to Dems. The Democrats have started the early Propaganda Neutering operation to claim ongoing irrelevance. We’ll see on Monday. I hope.

Impeachment Circus

Took on an air of Academic Idiocy this week as Nadler almost fell asleep in his own hearing listening to 3 hand picked Democratic Radical Professors claim that Trump simply MUST be impeached to save the Nation because he called the liars publishing proven lies “Fake News” in a Tweet and didn’t want to just hand over $Millions of OUR MONEY to foreigners with a strong reputation for corruption until he found out if the guy was going to spend it on drugs and getting his kid a cushy job ( I’d have tossed in “sex with underage girls” but Epstein is out of business now…)

Yeah, Impeach The Sucker for doing the job he was elected to do. Husband our money and weed out the corruption of The Swamp Creatures.

The next week, or at most 2, will let us know two things:

1) Just how stupid IS the Democratic Leadership. If they file articles of impeachment, they are toast. There will be 62 Million devoted Trump voters doing everything possible to end their terms in office.

2) Just how corrupt are the Democrats? Pelosi sure looked like she knew it was stupid, but someone either has a LOT of dirt on her, or told her “$Millions if you do it, replaced if you don’t.”

I’m bored of the whole thing. Some of the Dimmer Dems have quoted polls saying 52% of the public is in favor of their process (or some such crap). Maybe they ought to remember the last polls that had Hillary in a landslide and didn’t work out that well. People with jobs and a brain stopped answering polls long ago. Then, should one get through, and KNOWING that this is used against conservatives as they put you on a list, you can bet I’m going to answer one way: “Why yes, I think the Democrats are doing just fine.”

What “crime” have they got? Trump made them cry and he’s a mean white man. Sorry, not good enough.

I think I’ll get some “Trump – 8 more years!” signs and bumper stickers made up (and put them on random Democrats Teslas…) /sarc; for the sarcasm impaired…

So, OK, lets make history. Impeach 45, and we’ll re-elect him. Then, when next there is a Democrat POTUS, and a Republican House, impeach him or her immediately. Use the same rules and procedures. Cite the precedent. If it is Hillary, use Bengazi, the Uranium One deal, and more. If Warren, lying. If Sanders, his book deal. If any of the rest, and particularly Bloomberg, on the grounds that they failed to defend the Constitution (that whole 2nd Amendment thing). I’m comfortable with impeaching ANY and ALL politicians that advocate for gun bans since that is a clear violation of the “Right to KEEP and BEAR arms”.

You wanna dance? Call your tune and we’ll dance…

National Riots

France has gone way over the top now with a General Strike. Air, rail, and taxi service out. Cities a mess. Antifa AND the Yellow Vests AND Unions all in the street together. I think Macron has just ended his acceptance.

As I said last time:

These things are just snowballing. Pretty soon it will be easier to list the places NOT having a riot. Let’s see if I can get them all (or at least the big ones) from memory.

I think I’m going back to just listing the big lumps when they float to the top. For now, that’s the USA, Brexit post vote, France any time, and then scattered bits in the EU. South America continues a mess and the Middle East has always been, so what’s the point in cataloging it? So “Israel bombed”… somebody who was a threat to them. That’s not even news anymore.

Biggest snippets I ran into in the news cycles were that the USA had sent a B-1 bomber batch to Saudi Arabia (some time ago) to Prince Sultan Air Base. So I wonder if the Saudi doing the shooting in Florida was a shia? Just saying… Iran not happy, try to make a “you and him fight” out of it.

The other interesting bit was the USA & Japan putting an airbase on an island on the edge of the East China Sea.

https://militaryleak.com/2019/12/03/japan-to-buy-uninhabited-island-for-carrier-borne-aircraft-drills/

Japan to Buy Uninhabited Island for Carrier-borne Aircraft Drills

The Japanese government is buying an uninhabited island in the East China Sea to set up a military base in response to growing threats from China. Mage Island, has been acquired by the Japanese government for JPY16 billion (USD146 million) and is expected to host US carrier-based aircraft as well as the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) exercises. It had previously been touted as a rocket launch site and a storage facility for spent fuel from nuclear reactors.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a press conference that Tokyo has reached an agreement in principle to buy the 8-square-kilometre island from a private company at a cost of about JPY16 billion (USD146 million), mainly to enable field carrier landing practice (FCLP) for the US Navy (USN). The acquisition of Mage Island is vitally important to maintaining and strengthening the deterrence of the US-Japanese alliance and to build up Japan nation’s defence capabilities.

This has China livid and the Hong Kong protesters encouraged. But it’s still just a barren flat rock. It has the leftovers of a rough air field from when it was used in W.W.II, so easy to repave.

Who’s Your President?

I think I’ll leave this blank this week until someone changes hats.

Snow Season

We’ve got record snow cover already and it’s just started.

Snow Cover 7 Dec 2019

Snow Cover 7 Dec 2019

From: https://www.eldoradoweather.com/snowdepth.html

Just wonder what it will be like when Winter actually starts…

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150 Responses to W.O.O.D. 7 December 2019

  1. philjourdan says:

    On the IG report – I do not expect anything (dud). Just some tsk tsks.

    On the polling – I had a VM at work – apparently some idiot did not know what a voice mail is. But makes me wonder how many are getting called at work, where they would not answer honestly even if they wanted to (job at stake).

    I never answer the phone unless I recognize the number, so that rules out any polls.

  2. Another Ian says:

    So the plot thickens – or in this case maybe thins

    “Devin Nunes: “My phone records don’t match what Schiff, Dems put in report”…”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/07/devin-nunes-my-phone-records-dont-match-what-schiff-dems-put-in-report/

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    Yeah, they are completely missing the White List Demographic…

    BTW, just had the “fun” experience of being 5 minutes from done frying chicken in the electric skillet. Temperature control is a real feature… then the lights go out. They had flicked off and back on inside a minute a couple of times earlier… No Joy this time. OK…

    Turn on flashlights (one in each occupied room) and light / set out a few candles (always in holders on the mantle with box matches). Move chicken to cast iron skillet and pour hot lard in. Put it on the gas Asian stove and continue cooking. Dinner on schedule by candle light….

    Lights came back on as we finished up…

    I’ve left 2 candles running just in case…. the ones I don’t like :-)

    Being prepared means never having to say “Ah Damn it.” :-)

    FWIW, earlier during a dry spot I checked breakers in the main panel. Built in stove was popped, so I turned it fully off. Tomorrow I can dig into the stove in saftey.

    My main breaker is 100 Amp, so that’s my service size. No Tesla charger for me 8-)

    I didn’t get to dig into my lighting box. Kerosene lanterns and such. Nor plug the inverter into one of the cars and run a drop cord to the lamps. Then the generator is only for long duration events, so hasn’t been run in a few years. I’d prepped it for storage, but needs a service. In a real disaster I’d have time to do that…

    We had the TV dark, but internet on UPS so laptop and tablet kept going. Years ago I had the TV on a kW UPS, but it needs a new battery and not really worth it. The TV being Roku now, we don’t miss anything by it stopping a while.

    No idea of the cause. It’s California in winter onset, so could just be something got wet, or folks being reminded traction changes and poles are hard. Or just political games…

    Whatever…

    Our first test of the season and passed with flying colors. I can’t imagine a much worse time than with a big skillet full of 350 F grease and hungry family… and it was easy.

    I do think I’ll finish the generator prep though. It would be nice to have it at the ready. Yes, the inverter / car battery makes it unimportant, but it would be convenient for things over a few hours. It is a 1 kW Honda and does 8 hours on a quart (used it for 2 days once a while back). It keeps the fridge going nicely at about 700 W with enough left over for lights and the TV. A car battery is about 1 kW-hr so you use a lot of gas idling the car….

    Life with PG&E and Democrats in charge….

  4. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    A friend with duel Swiss/American citizenship claims that when the Swiss have an issue – they vote; when the French have an issue they strike and riot.

    Our phones allow blocking of numbers. Like Phil, we answer if we recognize the name or number. Otherwise the caller better leave a message. The opportunity to mislead a pollster, therefore, never happens.

    Years ago I did some “on-street” and “by mail” surveys. About the only thing we respond to now are those that come from the medical clinic after we made a visit. They are simple, and not well written, but we do like our folks there so we respond.

    I think there is research going on trying to deduce (right word?) information from social media, insofar as telephone methods are increasing useless. After the Dewey/Truman thing in 1948, pollsters developed better techniques. These now seem to have fallen apart. I guess the future is indeterminate.

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think there is research going on trying to deduce (right word?) information from social media, insofar as telephone methods are increasing useless.

    That has been happening for a very long time. They tally things like mouse hover time over items displayed, what you click on, what you click “likes on”, who your friend or block, who your follow or friend, likely quick key word search of your posts for word frequency of certain words. etc. etc. etc.

    Data mining of social media behavior (and other web activity) is way way past that superficial sort of thing. It is now a 130+ billion dollar market. That buys a lot of computer time and programmer time.

    https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-digital-ad-spending-will-surpass-traditional-in-2019

    If you don’t pay for a membership to participate on some online activity, (and probably even if you do), your behavior information is what they make money off of.

    With thousands of tidbits of digital behavior and AI pattern matching they know more about your political beliefs likes and dislikes than your spouse or closest friends.

    It is not an “if” or “when” question, it is only a “how bad” question.

  6. gallopingcamel says:

    The IG report will be a huge waste of time. All kinds of crimes will be listed but nobody will be held accountable.

    Someone said “the IG’s department is where the truth goes to die”. I can’t remember who said it but it keeps happening. The IG has five hundred people who could not find their backsides with both hands.

  7. gallopingcamel says:

    The elites in the USA who actually run the country are above the law.

    Disgusting arrogant twits like Peter Strok give the game away when they smirk in the face of investigative committees. Like all his ilk (Lois Lerner, John Koskinen, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Samantha Power, Susan Rice, James Baker, Hillary Clinton, Robert Mueller, James Comey, the Ohrs, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan, James Clapper and on and on) he has something much better than a “Get Out of Jail Free Card”.

    Nancy Pelosi keeps telling us that the president is “Not Above the Law”. Yet all these swamp creatures know they are “Above the Law”. They can smirk with impunity.

  8. Larry Ledwick says:

    Thoughts on that idea – I have hopes you are wrong there but an unconventional view.
    a) President Trump always gets pay back even if it takes years.
    b) President Trump likes to use economic pressure to get results – he finds a weak spot then applies economic forces to cause a blow out in that weak spot.
    c) President Trump is completely changing the terrain in the Federal court system with judicial appointments.

    d) The function of an IG is NOT to file charges, it is to discover and document failures to follow rules, policy and legal requirements then hand those discoveries off to the Attorneys.

    e) Barr I think in good time will move on those discoveries in fact I suspect he already has indictments drafted on some of them.

    Trump will wait until after the 2020 election to crush them, he will break their back both emotionally and financially during the campaign and make them burn money. In the process he will expose them as the corrupt and compromised deep state so all the public understands. He is willing to sit on his hands for months while they make mistakes and expose themselves as they try to protect their chosen.

    Then he is going to act when he no longer risks not being re-elected, and just maybe he, his family and others injured by the Democrats vendetta will sue them into oblivion, maybe even after he leaves office, but he will get his pound of flesh.

    He is my view is preparing a dish to be served cold.

  9. tom0mason says:

    I note that NGOs are whining again….

    “Fossil fuel groups ‘destroying’ climate talks, say NGOs”
    [ https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/12/08/fossil-fuel-groups-destroying-climate-talks-say-ngos/ ]
    The NGOs are absolutely correct!
    International Climate shindigs must be made fossil fuel free!

    Fossil Fuel groups and their devilish suppliers sell their fantastic products to these wastrels so that they can get chauffeured in limousines, flown by fossil fuel powered jet planes, have to stay in air-conditioned luxurious hotels, hotels which were built using fossil fuels, are powered by fossil fuels, and incorporate so many modern fossil fuel derived products and amenities.

    All this must stop !

    Henceforth all climate conferences/parties/orgies MUST only be convened without the assistance of ANY fossil fuel derived power and products what so ever!

  10. jim2 says:

    I think there will be people going to jail based on the IG report. I can only hope is isn’t just a few low level people. I would be very happy to see Comey and his ilk go to jail, but will have to wait and see on that one. Monday the IG report is out, but the Dimowits will fire up their asshat circus Monday also, so it will be interesting to see how much coverage and where the IG report gets.

  11. cdquarles says:

    Ah, my birthday presents: an IG report and a doctor’s office visit. This one doesn’t do CNN, I think.

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think this is how you will see it happen first they nail the little guys then using the information squeezed out of them during trial systematically go up the food chain until there is overwhelming evidence of an intentional criminal enterprise.

    Like busting a drug king pin or Mafia boss you start with the numbers runners and go up the ladder.

  13. Taz says:

    https://reclaimthenet.org/australia-publishers-liable-comments-facebook-users-censorship/
    Australian news outlets admit to suppressing stories to avoid liability for “defamatory” comments

    Publishers in Australia have taken the decision to not share controversial stories on social platforms, after a shocking court decision was made earlier in the year, that ruled that publishers were somehow liable for the comments that their users made on their Facebook posts.

    In order to avoid any defamatory comments on their Facebook posts, some of the country’s biggest publishers are suppressing controversial but important stories out of fear of being held liable for the comments on the posts.

    ABC, Guardian Australia, and The Age confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald that they had been suppressing stories out fear of liability. The Sydney Morning Herald themselves admitted that they had done the same.

    James Chessell, group executive editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age said: “the journalism we aren’t publishing on Facebook tends to be the challenging but important stories that might attract a strong reaction from users.

    “This means important journalism covering disagreements over public policy, the misconduct of public officials and certain crimes is less likely to be published on Facebook,” Chessell said.

    The publishers, that consider themselves to be some of Australia’s most authoritative and respectable sources, fear that the suppression of the controversial stories could lead to readers turning to more “unreliable sources” in order to read the story.

    It was the Supreme Court of NSW that made the controversial ruling that media publishers are liable for the “defamatory” comments that their readers post on Facebook – even if the media publishers aren’t aware of the comments.

    Amazing times we live in ……..

  14. Taz says:

    https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2019/12/smerff-electrical-owner-reportedly-jailed-for-nine-months-for-not-censoring-websites/98762/

    Regardless of what you think of Hickey or the Daily Stormer, if it’s true that Hickey was jailed for not removing his websites featuring Pepe memes, then it sets a dangerous precedent going forward where courts can have content removed from the web or the owners thrown in jail for not complying, even if they don’t break any laws.

    Earlier this year several people were arrested and jailed for making memes of the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand.

    Expect the Centrists™ to justify or defend why this next step in censorship is okay or warranted while more of your freedoms are stripped and taken away.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    @Taz:

    We are rapidly heading to a world where you need a sock puppet online, VPN though other countries, and steganographic encrypted transport / hosting.

    The Dark Web is already good to go on that, so more folks will just need to go .onion and TOR.

    In my slow plans are setting up a hosted VM doing VPN, then getting to it via a commercial VPN. The 2 hops, and one where I control the logging so assure there isn’t any, ought to be good enough to be anonymous for anything but strong TLA interest.

    I got a burner phone to learn about them. It works fairly well IFF you only pay for it with OTC refill cards though if used a long time the contact trace can focus on you & wear a hat and sunglasses so the store camera isn’t useful…

    Eventually I’ll put a blog on another VM paid via cash filled debit card to see how insulated it can be.

    The real long term answer is to throw out the police state actors.

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    The problem is the distinction between being a media platform (not responsible for users content) or a publisher where they actively “edit or censor” certain content to improve the user experience of their subscribers. If they are a publisher than they can be held libel for the content on their site.

    The problem is that operations like twitter and facebook try to be both depending on that they want to accomplish. This will eventually get shaken out in court but right now it is a murky area of law as social media is not quite the same as a publication like Readers Digest that can be held responsible for every word published in their issues, because the review, spell check and edit it all.

    https://71republic.com/2019/05/10/social-media-censorship-platform-or-publisher/

    I have been using a VPN for some time now with mostly benign issues. Web sites like Amazon.com force me to do a “capta” check that I am not a bot when I try to log into my user account and require two factor authentication when I do my password (they send me an email with a code).

    I don’t particularly mind that. some other vendors simply don’t care that I am logging on from a state I don’t live in and just take my login info at face value. Interestingly this includes the company that manages my 401K account (sigh). My bank does a two factor authentication the first time I log in but as long as I don’t clear its cookie, I can log in later without the two factor authentication.

    There is that minor overhead but aside from that and just tiny bit of latency from time to time, the VPN is invisible to me as a user. My antivirus packages don’t seem to have any problems at all with the vpn – updates work normally etc.

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    Part of why I want to build the 2 step. First link out of country to a commercial provider, then back to my cloud vpn VM. Then my origin looks like it is still US, is NOT tagged as a VPN service provider, and stays constant. I think that will fix a bunch of VPN annoyances.

    Only real risk is a TLA getting into the VPN VM and buggering it as it is in their jurisdiction, so you would need protections on it… things like hash codes on binaries and boot checks for no logging and such. Still subect to monitoring at the routers, but that just shows someone connected from an overseas VPN…

  18. jim2 says:

    One of the attorneys who is targeting oil companies over climate change is doing the same against chemical manufacturers as activists start another crusade, according to memos a watchdog group obtained.

    Environmental lawyer Matt Pawa contacted the Connecticut’s attorney general’s office in August about suing major chemical companies for supposedly using toxic chemicals on their products, emails Energy Policy Advocates obtained show. Pawa was one of the chief attorneys who actively recruited public officials to sue ExxonMobil and other oil companies.

    The watchdog group gave the Daily Caller News Foundation exclusive access to the email memos.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/05/hollywood-climate-lawsuits-campaign-pfas/

  19. philjourdan says:

    “He is my view is preparing a dish to be served cold.”

    @Larry – I agree. I think the real fun starts January 20, 2021.

  20. tom0mason says:

    From 2020 onward where’s the food going to come from?
    Ice-age Farmer spells out what is happening — a financial war on farming and food production.

  21. A C Osborn says:

    Larry Ledwick says: 8 December 2019 at 9:07 pm “Like busting a drug king pin or Mafia boss you start with the numbers runners and go up the ladder.”

    With the people involved here the lower echelons will end up dead.

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    Given that Epstein was a big Mossad player and even he ended up dead, I think you are right. Let’s hope WitSec is clean…

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    @Tom0Mason:

    While I generally find Ice Age Farmer a bit too breathlessly pessimistic, I find that in general he’s got his facts straight (even if the presentation is a bit OTT). Then there’s that inconvenient fact that the UN wants farmers moved off the land and The Leadership wants most of us to just die off… and Kissenger (and communists) think using food to control people is Just Fine…

    So he has a lot of good points. Just ramp down the emotional bit when you watch it ;-)

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, I did a quick search and found no news on the I.G. report. So I guess he “dropped it” on the desks of some government types who will spend 2 days reading it and maybe, maybe, we’ll find out something in 2 days when he is scheduled to “testify”?

    Grumble…

  25. Power Grab says:

    Hey, I just had a brainstorm!

    What if we pass a law (or an EO) that any illegal immigrants who attach themselves to this country automatically become votes for the incumbent in the next election?

    Might need some tweaking as to timing and such, but what do you think?

    I mean, if we’re going to issue them cell phones and driver’s licenses (and motor voter status) and set them up with entitlements when they get here, that means the current administration is doing things they like.

    Their votes are automatically for the incumbent until and unless they become fluent readers/speakers of English and can be expected to become educated on the issues.

    Some other restrictions may apply.

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like some folks have it but the major media is trying to black hole it

    https://bongino.com/seven-damning-revelations-from-the-ig-report/

  27. E.M.Smith says:

    Thanks for the link. So it is starting to come out. That’s good.

    Now if someone, anyone, just ONE conspirator suffers just any punishment, it would be of benefit.

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here you go, dissection in progress.

  29. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Thanks!

    Up to page VI and while written in that peculiarly mind numbing way of all things Government, it paints substantially the picture we’ve already seen. Clinton paid Fusion GPS to make up dirt. Steele contracted to Fusion (AND Steele says his first duty is to his customer, so Fusion so Clinton) and proceeds to feed the FBI the stuff they want to justify their spying and set-up parallel construction.

    Sadly, several of the early pages are all about what is NOT investigated and that the IG can’t do anything but see if the Rules & Guidelines were followed INSIDE HIS DEPARTMENT and no further.

    So I’m not expecting more than PC pebble tossing for the rest of it… and a need for excess of coffee to finish it.

    With that, I’m off to make a 16 ounce Double Strong Italian Espresso … so I can read the next hour or two worth of pages…

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    Aw-Oh…. some Attorney is in trouble. Inverting IS a souce to IS NOT a source in the FISA app supporting email… page XIII or so

    As noted above, that August 2016 information stated that Page did, in fact, have a prior relationship with that other agency . The next morning, immediately following a 28 minute telephone call between the OGC Attorney and the 0I Attorney, the OGC Attorney forwarded to the 0I Attorney the liaison’s email (but not t he original email from the OGC At torney to the liaison setting out the questions he was asking). The OI Attorney responded to the OGC Attorney, “thanks I think we are good and no need to carry it any further.” However, when the OGC Attorney subsequently sent the liaison’s email to SSA 2 the OGC Attorney altered t he liaison’s email by insert{ng t he words ” not a source” into it, thus making it appear that the liaison had said that Page was ” not a
    source” for the other agency.

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like “letter of reprimand” is about it:

    In our view, this was a failure of not only the operational team, but also of the managers and supervisors, including senior officials, in the chain of command. For these reasons, we recommend that the FBI review the performance of the employees who had responsibility for the preparation, Woods review, or approval of the FISA applications, as well as the managers and supervisors in the chain of command of the Carter Page investigation, including senior officials, and take any action deemed appropriate. In addition, given the extensive compliance failures we identified in this review, we believe that additional OIG oversight work is required to assess the FBI’s compliance with Department and FBI FISA-related policies that seek to protect the civil liberties of U.S. persons. Accordingly, we have today initiated an OIG audit that will further examine the FBI’s compliance with the Woods Procedures in FISA applications that target U.S. persons in both counterintelligence and counterterrorism
    investigations.

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    Former Fed Chair Paul Volker just died at age 92

    https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/12/09/fed-chair-paul-volcker-dies

  33. jim2 says:

    A one-eyed potato could see this is NOTHING BUT political! What do these people take us for?

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh boy this is nuts.

    If you search the PDF I linked above at [https://www.justice.gov/storage/120919-examination.pdf] for the text “Comey” you get no results.
    But if you search it for the text “Corney” you get 149 results and the text highlighted is “Comey”

    Somebody fiddled with the underlying index of the document me thinks :)

    Remember Comey and his goofy pictures standing in a corn field???

    Excuse me while I fall out of my chair laughing!

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    I suspect this is either a covert code to someone, or a leak detector.
    Anyone who uploaded a version that does not do that would have received an “unofficial version” of the document.

    I wonder what other Easter eggs are in there?
    A guy on twitter said the same spoof happens with the Comey report although I have not checked it.

  36. E.M.Smith says:

    Do they not know the Geeks of the world run blogs -)

  37. Power Grab says:

    I keep hearing the people in the middle of this (not just Lindsey Graham) saying they don’t know why TPTB continued the investigation even though they had statements in hand (from the sources and sub-sources) that it (the dossier) was not reliable.

    I keeping wondering if they just want to find out how much of their own dirt has gotten out and might be discovered if investigations went that direction. Hence the private so-called “hearings” in the basement.

    They know what laws they’ve broken and treasonous acts they’ve committed. As Hillary said, “…we’ll all hang…” Bingo. That is the penalty for treason, is it not?

    Maybe they’re just trying to end up with a complete todo list of future Arkancides, in case they missed someone.

    Or they want to try to figure out how stupid the public really is.

    Or they want to figure out what worked so they can decide on the strategies to use the next time they want to concoct destructive lies out of whole cloth.

    The bottom line for me is that the Dims are projecting their own sins on POTUS. They want to ruin him and end his influence, so they make up stuff to say he did that just happens to be what they already are doing. Takes one to know one, as they say. Pot calling the kettle black. Do they KNOW they’re broadcasting to the world what their sins are?

    They could very well end up falling into the pits they’re digging for POTUS and his team. They seem to be totally unaware of that.

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think the singular over arching goal of the Democrats is to run out the clock. They know they are screwed and are just hoping to delay things hoping for a lucky break or so they have a bit more time to work out their alternative escape plan.

  39. E.M.Smith says:

    I don’t see this as a grand subtle strategy, but rather as rote following the playbook from the belief it is right:

    https://grandmageri422.me/2017/10/25/karl-marx-accuse-your-enemy-of-what-you-are-doing-as-you-are-doing-it-to-create-confusion/

    Karl Marx: “Accuse Your Enemy Of What You Are Doing, As You Are Doing It To Create Confusion”

    Marx said it, so it must be right… just keep following the Marxist Playbook…

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    The US Navy just suspended 300 Saudi flight students in Florida.
    They are calling it a “safety stand down”

    I imagine some deep vetting is going on with the remaining students.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nas-pensacola-shooting-navy-suspends-flight-training-saudi-students

  41. E.M.Smith says:

    I’d imagine a few Princes are going to be talking to their troops about the importance of US Military support too…

    BTW, now RSBN Trump rally up, happening NOW.

  42. Steve C says:

    Well, a Brexit report the night before the election. This has been a strangely low-key affair compared with most campaigns, almost as though they’re aware how p155ed off we all are with them and are treading carefully. Plus – for Nottingham – the forecast for tomorrow is rain all day, guaranteed to increase the jollity. The seat is an inner-city, “traditional Labour” heartland, an identity not threatened much by students or immigrants for obvious reasons.

    The local contenders are six in number:
    1. D. Smith, Brexit Party. “Without the Brexit Party there can be no real Brexit”. Pretty much on-message there, mate, you have my vote, though it’s interesting to note that Nigel has already registered a ‘Reform Party’ to hold Johnson’s feet to the fire should his nodealiness seem inadequate. Probably no relation to E.M. of that ilk.
    2. ‘Chris’ Leslie, The “Independent Group for Change”. Or, the ‘orrible turncoat who got in on Labour’s coat tails last time out and got censured by his local party for going off at entirely his own tangent. Now he has the brass neck to attempt re-election – “Support Chris’s campaign to give the public a final say on Brexit”. As my Mum used to advise, I can’t say anything nice about him, so I won’t say anything at all.
    3. V. Stapleton, Conservative (Blue Uniparty). “Let’s Get Brexit Done.” You’ve not a hope, gal. You should be trying to get all these traditional Labour voters out for Brexit, ‘cos they won’t vote Tory.
    4. R. Swift, Liberal Democrats – To stop Brexit. (Yellow Uniparty) Oh, dear. “This election is your chance to Stop Brexit. European Election results here in the East Midlands show the Lib Dems CAN win and are the Remain party that can win in Nottingham.” Begone, foul demon!
    5. M. Vacciana, Green. Alas, this candidate has not graced my letterbox with any blurb, although in fairness it must be said that it would have been a complete waste of money to do so apart from allowing me a little light slagging off here.
    6. N. Whittome, Labour Party. (Red Uniparty). Pledging to “Stop Tory Brexit”, but also splattering the message all over the place – Health Service, schools, “Safe Homes for All” (?) etc. Probably, due to inertia, the candidate who will win here. I am not enthusiastic.

    So, there you have it. Also, bear in mind that our local member of the EU Parliament, for as long as it’s likely to matter, is Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Brexit Party by election so very recently, but has since buggered off back to her brother’s Tory party. And a cross-section of this rabble is supposed to represent us. What did we do wrong?

    A little local (Nottingham) news, too, via Paul Homewood:
    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/nottingham-council-owned-energy-firm-hits-the-skids/
    Robin Hood Energy, generously helped along by our Council, are hitting problems with their Renewable obligations, which are kind of implicit, you’d’ve thought, in their claims to provide only “clean” energy, whatever that is. To put this in further perspective, before “austerity” Nott’m City Council used to receive £125m p.a. in central government grants to keep the place running. Last year it was £9m, and this fiasco is already worth £9.5m upfront …

    Christmas query: I wanted to replace some tired tinsel, in the traditional Christmas colours of (mainly) deep red and green. There are numerous weird shades of red out there this year, acres of blues and yellows, all sorts of spectral oddities like mauves and oranges, but no green. Have the Chinese suddenly developed a taboo against green? Is there a global shortage of green dye this year? Or is this just the Illuminati plotting against Christmas and Christianity again and stopping us getting the right colours? Is the U.S. experiencing the same dearth? Grrr. Best silly deal seen this year, 1000 (!) multicoloured LEDs for £28 (Aldi) – puts the old “whole-tree-flashing-on-and-off-at-once” thermal flashers of not entirely fond memory in their place.

    I raise a suspiciosly green ginger flavoured winter warming drink towards California and wish all here a most enjoyable Christmas season and a prosperous New Year. In Great Circle terms, I’m already facing the right direction (counterintuitively, northwest!) Santé!

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    Green is the symbolic color of Islam for what that is worth.

  44. Ossqss says:

    This smelled important enough to share and Deet free! :-)

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10522729/man-farts-kill-mosquitos/

  45. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Now there is someone you don’t want to piss off before getting on a non-stop coast-to-coast flight with him.

  46. Another Ian says:

    “1970s Spock documentary — Climate scientists believe the next ice age may have already started”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/12/1970s-spock-documentary-climate-scientists-believe-the-next-ice-age-is-on-the-way/

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    Summary of the new China deal

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Please don’t feed the eagles. :)

  50. E.M.Smith says:

    OMG! That Swamp Drainer video is hilarious!

    I’m still laughing!

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    Direct from youtube

  52. Power Grab says:

    Good one! :-D :-D :-D

  53. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve watched it a half dozen times now, and it just gets better 8-) Little things, like the train badge saying non-stop, and the rocket “powered by CNN” … then it crashes…

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is the sort of thing that can go viral, and humor is so powerful at a subliminal level. It will communicate to people that would never sit still for a rational discussion about what the deep state did, but this sort of humor plants a seed that allows them to slowly awaken to the damage done.

    I hope they make more similar videos.

    I have also viewed it several times (to push up the total views count in addition to getting a good laugh)

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    Drudge is imploding as conservatives abandon him after he sold out and shifted coverage bias.

    https://truepundit.com/drudges-historic-crash-just-got-even-worse-conservative-mass-exodus-for-fifth-consecutive-month/

  56. Jon K says:

    The dems are more crafty than I thought. At the end of their Article of Impeachment, they included a stipulation, “disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.” This has to be voted on separately and is discretionary, requiring only a simple majority of Senators to bar Trump from running for office again. https://law.justia.com/constitution/us/article-2/49-judgment-removal-and-disqualification.html

    So they obstruct his first term with sham accusations and trials and then bar him from a second term with procedural nonsense. I don’t want to have to rely on weasels like Romney to prevent this…

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is the exact language in the Constitution not a construct of clever Democrats.

    https://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/1/essays/18/punishment-for-impeachment

    There has historically been considerable debate about the exact application and meaning of the impeachment clause (which is part of the danger of the Democrats doing this contrary to precedent and making it up as they go along) – they are not too bright and don’t realize the Republicans could do the same thing to Obama, Kerry, Holder, Hillary etc. or any other Democratic leader as pay back.

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    California’s new gun laws demonstrate either incompetence or a back door process to slowly register as many guns as possible and make purchases so burdensome it forces people to break the law by purchasing ammo out of state.

    https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/12/thousands-of-lawful-ca-gun-owners-are-being-denied-ammunition-purchases-heres-why/

    Meanwhile in Virginia they are trying to create a new Lexington Concord confrontation.

    https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/12/congressman-suggests-military-enforcement-of-new-va-gun-laws-gov-promises-consequences/

    (pssst when the Governor uses the National Guard it is called ” state activation” not nationalization you bone head)

  59. Jon K says:

    I don’t think the dems care if the Republicans use it to block future NPCs, err democrats, from running again as they’re all pretty much the same anyway. I’m sure they also think, as do I, that the Republicans wouldn’t stoop to these distasteful dirty tricks, so the danger to them is minimal.

  60. cdquarles says:

    Of course the Party of Slavery and Death believe that the Rs won’t stoop to their tactics. Decades of experience is on their side. That said, President Trump is *not* your average R. He will stoop to such, if necessary (often forgotten that he as well as his dad, had to deal with the Mafia and the Unions). Catch here is that the others need to do it, too. That we see more Rs use the “Rules” against them now is encouraging. All of that said, recall that President Clinton was impeached. It isn’t impeachment that counts. It is *conviction* by the Senate that counts.

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    EM you will like this little video on how to rifle a barrel using Electro Chemical Machining at home.

    https://gunstreamer.com/watch/how-to-use-ecm-to-rifle-a-barrel-diy-barrel-rifling-project-butwhatabout_CTunXq6iNHxthLg.html/list/5ASE5cvFnaRDNoL

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting idea, I think he is doing a few things the hard way, but only 10 min to cut the rifling on his pistol barrel once it is to true interior diameter for the barrel lands is impressive.

    Note :
    You only need a single rifling groove to spin a bullet. In WWII they made single groove barrels for springfield bolt action rifles and they were just as accurate as normal barrels.

    The rifling also does not need to be a groove, polygon barrels also work just fine (for example a twisted hex gets the same job done.

    This system could also be used to rough in a rifling and then you could push a hard button through the bore much easier than you would with no pre-cutting with ECM.

    It would be much much easier to just use a chamber reamer to make the chamber.

    So lots of room for adaptation here.

    Using only salt water and electrical current makes this unstoppable, it requires nothing that every home in the country does not have access to.

  63. E.M.Smith says:

    I can make guncotton from battery acid, fertilizer and cotton… CNC machining is available for a few hundred dollars. Welding takes 2 car batteries, cables, and welding rod. Multi-ton pressing takes some rough steel and a car bottle jack. Then that neat technique for rifling.

    You can not outlaw intelligence and creativity.

    Making guns and munitions requires 1600s technology, everything since just makes it easier,

    Heck, as an 8 year old I made a knife blade. Dad taught me color temperatures and hardening / annealing. (Other than that it is just grinding and filing a flat of iron or steel. For advanced work, plunge the red hot into a bucket of horse piss to make a hard nitrided surface). Hammering it on a forge is more efficient with the metal, but not required. Joining a hard steel blade to a softer iron tang helps swords not break at the hilt, but that’s also a polish point.

    Very similar things apply to gunsmithing. Only easier in some ways. The bbl is the hard part. Receivers can be softer metals like brass or aluminum, rough cast then milled and polished. A lot of fine detail work (pins, springs, sears) but none of it exotic. Heck, the STEN Gun was designed so that any bicycle, muffler, or plumbing shop could make them. IIRC, the bbl need not be rifled, but just a tube… which had me ponder pulling the tube through rollers as you slowly rotated it, making an oval “rifling”…

    The only reason folks don’t make their own guns is lack of interest. In a real revolution need, it is easier to make IEDs anyway. (One of my favorite creations was the guncotton T-shirt…. soak T-shirt in {stuff} then toss in bath tub of cold water. Rinse. Dry. Keep away from tight closed spaces with ignition or detonators :-) Guncotton treated with graphite and gelled is cordite or smokeless powder. Guns are more useful for getting food or self defence. Mayhem likes the boom stuff. None of it can be prevented from manufacture.

  64. E.M.Smith says:

    BTW, yes Californua gun laws are bat shit crazy. Why I loaded up on reloading stuff decades before, knowing it was coming. I’ve not bought ammo in a few years and don’t need to for a few years… Next time I buy some will be with a Florida ID.

    I predict a big increase in reloading and black powder shooting…

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    Antifa going nuts in London. Who would have thought that might happen.
    I wonder if Boris has the courage to round up about 1000 of them and throw away the key?
    Not sure how the British system works regarding delay between the vote and official transition of power, I assume the current street riots are dealing with the old leadership still, and Boris only has moral authority right now to demand some suitable response.

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another sign that the world wide attitude toward creeping totalitarianism is shifting.
    These elders are old enough to remember Tienanmen square.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/seniors-lend-support-behind-the-scenes-in-hong-kong-protests_3174111.html

  67. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Owen gun barrels were made with a steel tube barrel blank compressed over a former rod with the rifling machined on its surface.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Gun

  68. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is going to be fun to watch – President Trump files $25 million law suit against Politico and Schiff is named in the suit for leaking false information.

    https://thedcpatriot.com/boom-white-house-files-lawsuit-against-politico-accuses-schiff-of-leaking-false-information/

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hammer forging of barrels is one of the two most popular methods for rifling a barrel now. The other is button rifling where they force a tungsten carbide button through the bore. Both take major league equipment.

    The old method using cut rifling is much slower and does not produce as good a finish, but can be done using 17th – 19th century technology. One step up would be to use a broach but that requires some expensive tooling to make matching broaches.

    The ECM might allow the average shop owner to do button rifling if it is done in a way to remove 95% of the stock needed then force a matching button through the rough barrel.
    Much lower forces would be needed.

    I suspect you could come up with an extrude hone method do to it too but again you would need a very hard (ceramic) mandrel with spiral grooves in it to get the process started, and the high pressure pumping system needed to move the abrasive media.

    Perhaps it could be used as a follow up to the ECM since that video makes it look like it is workable but very rough.

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Supreme court accepts review of cases regarding congressional subpoenas.

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    Beginning of review of Colorado River water allotments in anticipation of the end of the current agreement in 2025.

    https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/12/13/us-officials-review-water-deal-agreement-colorado-river-water-lake-mead-lake-powell-arizona-california-utah-new-mexico-nevada/

  72. rhoda klapp says:

    LL: “Not sure how the British system works regarding delay between the vote and official transition of power”

    Nothing like the US system. The old lot is gone when parliament stands down pre-election. Ministers can do routine admin but nobody can make any changes. The new PM is PM as soon as he has seen the Queen, it is she who appoints him. That happens the day after the vote, if the result is clear. In this case it happened Friday. The new PM, in this case same as the old PM , has a couple of days to pick his ministers. Eventually parliament opens again with the new MPs in place. There is no equivalent to the long transition you have in the US, with its potential for sabotage and mischief. The reasons for the three-month transition are historic and should be re-considered, IMHO.

  73. Another Ian says:

    Panic now! Or maybe not.

    “Stop the press: Solar panels could stop Earthquakes”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/12/stop-the-press-solar-panels-could-stop-earthquakes/#comments

  74. Another Ian says:

    “Obama Era Political Surveillance, and The Dual Purpose of Fusion GPS…”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/14/obama-era-political-surveillance-and-the-dual-purpose-of-fusion-gps/

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    Something suspicious is going on with the Samoa measles outbreak.
    The current population of Samoa is about 197,672.
    essentially all of the approximate 60 deaths were children under 4 years of age.

    According to the population pyramid at this link
    https://www.worldometers.info/demographics/samoa-demographics/#population-pyramid

    There should have been 14025 males under age 4 and 12965 females under age 4 or 26990 children.

    The historical death rate from measles prior to the introduction of vaccines was about 1/10,000.

    https://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Measles/measles-history-in-america.aspx
    In 1960, three years before the first measles vaccine was approved for use in the U.S., there were approximately 442,000 reported measles cases and 380 related deaths (10, 11)
    This corresponds to a death rate of those known to be infected by measles in 1960 of 0.0008597 or 1:1163 for known cases but since measles was largely considered a normal childhood disease it was vastly under reported so the likely true death rate is probably near 1:10000 in the 1960’s

    Given those two estimates of probable death rates, Samoa should only have had between 3 and 23 childhood deaths if every single child on the island under the age of 4 got infected !

    Why is the death rate 3x to 20x what you would expect?

    News item from 12 days ago that itemizes the ages of those who died.
    https://www.npr.org/2019/12/02/784179707/samoan-government-to-close-its-offices-amid-measles-crisis-that-has-left-53-dead

  76. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Absolutely love that “can on an inverted iron” image! Now THAT’s creativity!

    He ought to have opened the can a bit though, otherwise he’s risking a steam explosion… were the iron actually on…

    @Larry L:

    Mothers pass on immunity in the colostrum. In the past, mothers had high innate immunity from actually having had the measles. Vaccines provide a different and less effective immune response (why some vaccinations “wear off” and need renewal).

    I would speculate that modern mothers who were vaccinated did NOT pass on as much innate immunity preparation from first mothers milk. Thus a much more vulnerable infant population (same issue with bottle only babies).

    Farmers save any excess clostrum and make sure every new calf gets some. We had a gallon of it in the back porch freezer for a year or so when I was a kid and Dad had a few head of cattle on land out of town… for exactly those immunity issues.

  77. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    That TCTH link on Obama and surveillance is a wowser! They reference a 501c(4) data extraction, then in comments someone links to this clip from Maxine “the mouth” Waters talking about an Obama Database and the interviewer mentions 501c(4) orgs.

    Makes a fellow go Hmmm….

    Sounds to me like he’s got a IFF (Identify Friend Or Foe) database of 501c(4) organizations from the IRS/Treasury extract and a file of data on individuals and their contract traces from the FISA abuse extracts.

    Methinks there needs to be a subpoena issued to examine the “Obama Database” and assess from where the data were acquired. Then erase it if it was not legitimately gained (and incarcerate any perps involved including anyone with ‘receipt of stolen information’…)

  78. E.M.Smith says:

    @Sera:

    LOVE those “zero cents” coins with Dems on them!

    @Larry L:

    Per Colorado River water, this is, I think, the biggest point:

    Following a relatively wet winter compared with the last 20 years, Lake Mead is now 40% full and Lake Powell upstream is at 53% capacity.

    IIRC it took about 3 years to fill one or the other of those lakes, when first built. It looks to me like we had a nicely wet year, and 2 more of them we’re full again.

    As this year is already starting out very wet, and the pattern is likely to remain for 20 to 30 years, I think they are trying to fix last 1/2 cycle problems…

    @Rhoda:

    Why the USA needs to change that “months” long transition to “next day”… or at most “next week”.

  79. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Sounds like an item for a mention at CTH. e.g. Sidney Powell is known to post there.

  80. E.M.Smith says:

    The Maxine clip was in comments @CTH, guess I was vague on that…

  81. Another Ian says:

    Now this WILL take some ysm antics to cover

    “New Jersey Democrat Congressman, Jeff Van Drew, Will Switch Parties Over Impeachment Fraud…”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/14/new-jersey-democrat-congressman-jeff-van-drew-will-switch-parties-over-impeachment-fraud/

    A bit of a change from the usual

    “My Party! Right or wrong, My Party!”

    Very quietly “Mostly wrong”

    Shouting “BUT STILL MY PARTY!”

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes immunity from the mother is one of the considerations I was pondering. If the islanders have been brain washed to bottle feed for a couple decades and being a closed ecology for the most part no natural exposure, or only partial immunity from vaccinations for those who do have it and a significant population of un-vaccinated plus no large scale natural immunity would have placed them in a very vulnerable condition.

    There is also chatter that the vaccine might not be viable or perhaps a bit more infectious than it should be.

    Of course everyone is pointing fingers and assigning blame without actually gathering data for analysis.

  83. E.M.Smith says:

    @Taz: fun links :-)

    Suzuki is a clown show, IMHO.

  84. philjourdan says:

    @Rhoda Klapp – the transition use to be much longer (5 months) and was only shortened 70 years ago. I doubt it will be shortened much more since they will want to serve until the new year, but they can shave 3 weeks off of it.

  85. philjourdan says:

    @EM and Another Ian

    That link (about the database abuse is one of the 2 I was going to post.

    The other one – https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/13/supreme-court-will-take-up-trump-financial-records-and-tax-cases-consolidated-all-cases-and-granted-writ/

    Destroys the impeachment case. Basically, you have obstruction of congress and obstruction of Justice, but SCOTUS, with their agreement to take up the cases, has basically rules that taking the matter to the 3rd branch is NOT obstruction, but entirely constitutional.

    And the justice that Stayed the lower courts was none other than the love of liberal land – RBG.

  86. E.M.Smith says:

    @PhilJourdan:

    That’s a good twist! SCOTUS stepping in certainly stirs the pot!

  87. jim2 says:

    Chris Wall-ass of Fox News Sunday is going to have guests Comey and Schiff. Boycott!

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bits of this started showing up on twitter this morning, now it looks like a coherent picture is forming.
    If this analysis is correct this could lead to some serious issues, including as some have postulated, an attack on a US ship by Iran sometime soon.

  89. E.M.Smith says:

    Somehow I missed that Iraq had gone unstable / riots…

    OK, bottom line of that thread looks to be Iran invading Iraq. We’ve seen this movie before. Let them kill each other.

    Let the Saudi military help the Sunni in Iraq and partition the place into a Sunni addition to Saudi, a Shia addition to Iran, and a Kurdistan independence area for all I care.

    Or just let Saudi (with a bit of our help if needed, but they have a BIG Capable air force and Iran has nearly nothing modern) bomb Iran into submission. Islam is all about submission, isn’t it?…

    IMHO, our role ought to be limited to preventing any destruction of Saudi or Iraqi oil fields, and sinking any Iranian boat that leaves dock, plus flattening any launch site that sends anything toward Saudi or Iraqi air space. All that can be done without “American boots on the ground”.

    I just finished my posting, so guess I’ll go hit the TV and check out what Al Jazeera are saying. Nothing on their web site: https://www.aljazeera.com/

  90. E.M.Smith says:

    Nothing on A.J., R.T., Sky or France24. But I did find out Philippines had s 6.9 quake.

  91. beththeserf says:

    Another Ian,
    re that Don’t-do-as-I-do-but-do-as-I-say David Suzuki … father of five, owning valuable beach front property around the world, including Oz in northern Queensland where it’s hot, hot, hot, charges five figure fees to speak about globull warming and evil capitalist profit mongers …
    https://torontosun.com/2013/10/11/the-two-suzukis-theres-saint-suzuki-the-one-you-see-on-cbc-and-secret-suzuki-the-capitalist-millionaire/wcm/41e5eca5-3efa-4a1f-91c7-e4445e4dc367

  92. rhoda klapp says:

    Think of the dangers (or remember them from 2016-7) of the establishment having control of the levers of power when they have already lost the election. A good transition requires trust. That’s gone now. Even the Reagan to Bush transition was acrimonious. Now I know the UK system won’t fit because of the number of posts filled by appointment which over here are done by ‘impartial’ civil servants, equally prone to resistance, But you need something better in the US. What you have is dangerous.

  93. jim2 says:

    Muqtada Al-Sadr’s popularity has been coming under strain in recent days among both protestors and Iran-backed forces. The latter has been frustrated by his continued declarations of support for the ongoing anti-government protests that have brought the country to a near total political and economic standstill.

    The Najaf home of the Iraqi Shiite nationalist leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, has been struck by a drone of unknown origin, according to an announcement by his Sadarist organisation.

    Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, an official of the Sadarist organisation who is said to be close to Mr Sadr, issued a statement on social media that garnered tens of thousands of likes on Facebook and which said that the leader’s house had been struck by a drone. Mr Sadr was out of the country at the time of the attack.

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/iraq/2019/iraq-191207-sputnik01.htm

  94. jim2 says:

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened Iran with “decisive” action over a series of attacks on American military bases in Iraq.

    In a statement released on Friday, Pompeo claimed that Iran was providing “lethal aid and support to third parties in Iraq and throughout the region.”

    “We must… use this opportunity to remind Iran’s leaders that any attacks by them, or their proxies of any identity, that harm Americans, our allies or our interests will be answered with a decisive US response,” he said.

    This came one day after two Katyusha rockets targeted a compound near Baghdad International Airport, which houses US troops. It was the 10th such assault since late October.

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/iran/2019/iran-191214-presstv02.htm

  95. jim2 says:

    The December 2019 confrontations may be the most significant challenge the ayatollahs have faced since 1979. Consider the context. The regime’s rigged economy has stalled. The Trump administration intends to further tighten economic and political sanctions. The regime’s reckless, violent grandiosity has mired Iran country in endless wars, Yemen and Syria being the most notorious. Instead of repairing Iranian roads and water systems, the regime finances the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic jihad terror groups.

    Where did the billions of dollars go, the money the Obama administration gave the ayatollahs in exchange for temporarily mothballing part of their nuclear weapons program? Yes, Obama’s deal was delusional and riddled with loopholes, but the billions were hard cash.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/austinbay/2019/12/12/ayatollah-irans-bloody-december-n2557870

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    This looks to me like lots of FUD to sell some survivalist stuff but given how crazy the Dems have been lately and prior news items about Virginia and their new governor it is conceiveable that there is an element of truth.

    I don’t follow this guy (Hal Turner) so have no clue if he is in any way credible.

    https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/news-nation/virginia-governor-reportedly-orders-plans-to-cut-electric-phones-internet-for-gun-confiscations

    Similar items are showing up on some other no-name sites but I have yet to see any credible corroboration. That said it could also be intentional disinformation to trigger nut cases to do something stupid.

    Will keep an eye out on this for a while – right now I think it is dangerous pot stirring rather than legitimate but who knows.

    Saw this meme today, it pretty well encapsulates the feelings of a lot of folks and it would be wise for the Hard Left Dems to think on this a bit.

    The governor is openly asserting he will activate the National guard to conduct police operations to seize guns.

    He forgets that the National Guard commanders can also assert he is giving illegal orders, declare him a clear and present danger to the peace of the state and take measures to remove him from office. If they did so they would have a million armed citizens backing them up.

    Don’t think it can happen, see Battle of Athens ( Kentucky )
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Athens_%281946%29

  97. jim2 says:

    OK, looking at solvents for another post and ran into this oddball product … C60 in Olive Oil …

    https://www.amazon.com/C60-Supplement-FULLERENE-Supplement-BUCKMINSTERFULLERENE/dp/B07NFBYZYD

  98. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    I’d heard the name of it. Vaguely knew something had happened, but never had looked into exactly what. That was a very interesting read.

    I know that my Dad, returned W.W.II veteran, had a very no nonsense “attitude” toward all things wrong or corrupt…

    I think I now know why the Democrats are so hell bent on gun confiscation. They realized at that event (and others like it) that We The People are quite willing and able to take action against Machine Politics once pushed too far.

    Folks forget that the 2nd Amendment is NOT about your right to murder Bambi, but your duty to form a Militia to defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign AND domestic. It is precisely about the right to keep “military style” guns to form an effective military fighting force.

    IF the Governor of Virginia is idiot enough to attempt a gun confiscation, I think he’ll rapidly discover just how many Deplorables live in his State…

  99. p.g.sharrow says:

    Back when the Clintons came into power their administration ran War Games in the Bay Area about declaring Martial Law, Activating the military/ Guard to seize control. They found that “the military would not be dependable” in such an effort. Remember that this was at the time Reno & Holder massacred the Waco Wackos and then tried to wipe out the Weavers at Ruby Ridge., followed by McVeih& friends blowing up the Department of Justice Murruh building. The American Constitution has the largest Army in the would sworn to back it up that answers to no one, as well as the most powerful military one that has also sworn to defend it against all, Foreign and Domestic. When Lincoln declared Martial and suspended parts of the Constitution to deal with the Confederacy, Federal troops spent the first two years of that war dealing with insurrections in Northern cities as well as the Army of Virginia…pg

  100. jim2 says:

    LL –
    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That §18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    §18.2-433.2. Paramilitary activity prohibited; penalty.

    A person shall be is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:

    1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

    2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

    3. Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.

    2. That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to §30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities; therefore, Chapter 854 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019 requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to assign a minimum fiscal impact of $50,000. Pursuant to §30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

    https://legiscan.com/VA/text/SB64/id/2070814

  101. jim2 says:

    Here’s a list of proposed bills for Virginia. Lot’s of them affect firearms, but I don’t see any concerning confiscation of firearms.

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Never said it was in the current laws, tt is not a law, but his declared intention from his public comments – he has stated in public that if the 2nd amendment sanctuary jurisdictions will not enforce his new gun laws, it has been suggested he will use the National Guard.

    At this point it is a trail balloon raised by a Congressman, but the Governor did not shut down the suggestion and has stated sanctuary jurisdictions would face consequences.

    https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/12/congressman-suggests-military-enforcement-of-new-va-gun-laws-gov-promises-consequences/

    Right now rumors are floating around that he has a small working group trying to figure out how to do such confiscations under executive proclamation (as I noted above that is probably FUD) but given recent revelations and history about Democratic shenanigans, the 2nd Amendment folks are smelling smoke and assuming there is fire.

    The current proposed laws are seen as stepping stones to set up the grounds for future actions to cripple the 2nd amendment.

    Meanwhile confirmation of EM’s comments about how people find a way.

    https://nypost.com/2019/12/15/jews-flock-to-axe-throwing-self-defense-class-after-jersey-city-shooting/

  103. Larry Ledwick says:

    Middle east peace overture to American to try and restore peaceful coexistence between Republicans and Democrats so they can get more foreign aid without strings attached.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/middle-east-leaders-working-on-a-peace-plan-for-america

    yes heading is /sarc

  104. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sound is kind of muddy, but a bit more on the FBI “Insurance policy” from interview of Judge Michael Mukasey on (Fox) Maria Bartiromo show interview highlighted by the reaction of Page and Strzok when they learned that Ted Cruz had dropped out.

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Slowly but surely all the little bits of background documentation is finding its way to light.

  106. cdquarles says:

    Chief, delete the other one. It was meant to go here. https://spectator.org/nixons-resignation-reconsidered/, instead.

  107. rhoda klapp says:

    May I be first to post this one:

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    @CDQ:

    We’ve already got comments on the other one. Yeah, it’s OT there, but not a problem. Having in both places isn’t so bad, really…

    @Rhoda:

    LOL! Good one…

  109. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more from Virginia, the counties are calling the bluff of the legislators who suggested they might call the National Guard to activate them for State Duty if the county Sheriffs refuse to enforce unconstitutional gun laws.

    https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/it-begins-virginia-forms-active-militia-to-protect-sheriffs-citizens-from-unconstitutional-laws/

    The rural counties are not going to put up with the woke city dwellers on this topic.

  110. E.M.Smith says:

    I suggest that the rural counties of Virginia separate and form the State of Jefferson.

    Let the urban counties rot.

  111. Taz says:

    @E.M.Smith

    “The real long term answer is to throw out the police state actors.”

    I think you could build a moral and uncompromising religion around the Bill of Rights. Right, left and in between would flock to it.

    No money for any member, just the promise of pain – and possible freedom for your kids.

    They’d win. Politicians and parasites would fear such a movement. Real fear.

  112. Another Ian says:

    Latest Pointman

    “The UK general election of 2019 – Aftermath.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/the-uk-general-election-of-2019-aftermath/

  113. Another Ian says:

    “Ellie – New Zealand carbon pollution”

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2019/12/17/ellie-new-zealand-pollution/

  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well looks like feral pigs will be an issue in northern states too now coming down out of Canada.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/feral-pigs-roam-the-south-now-even-northern-states-aren-t-safe/ar-BBY3kGw?ocid=spartanntp

  115. Steve C says:

    If you’d like a rather different … OK, completely different … view of the election, there’s a wonderful introduction to How Certain Others See It from one Emily Apple, on the Canary: (14th)
    “The dust hasn’t even begun to settle from the catastrophic Tory victory. Many of us are grieving. Many of us are regrouping and working out how we fight back, and how we defend ourselves, our friends, and our loved ones from a vicious racist government devoid of any morals.”
    Tell us how you really feel, Emily, why don’t you …
    https://www.thecanary.co/opinion/2019/12/14/less-than-24-hours-since-the-tories-won-the-reaction-from-the-bbc-is-truly-sinister/

  116. A C Osborn says:

    Exactly the same rhetoric as used against President Trump.
    The Conservatives are just to the right of the middle of the road.
    Labour & Liberal Snowflakes.

  117. E.M.Smith says:

    France24 also pushing biased rhetoric. “Lopsided Parliament”. “Extreme right” “unconstrained”.

  118. Larry Ledwick says:

    It will be interesting to see how this develops.
    Josh Blackman
    ‏Verified account
    @JoshMBlackman
    22 hours ago
    More
    Judicial Supremacy update in the states: County Attorney from Greene County Iowa “refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy” of the Iowa Supreme Court’s “arrogantly declar[ing] itself ‘the ultimate arbiter of the meaning … of the Iowa Constitution.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kq6DPyRwL8yonvSWSoDJzoEsxfyoj1ip/view

  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    One more time, Internet of Things open door to internal information via a web conferencing chat.

    https://www.wired.com/story/dten-video-conferencing-vulnerabilities/

  120. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Nice find. Why I refuse to have any IOT (or IdiOT) devices in my home. The folks making them are hardware guys and not big on the software side. Certainly not going to have a big protection package in a device made to lowest cost specs and using a dinky chip set.

    I deliberately got a TV without a built in smarts so that I could just pull the ROKU stick if I wanted security. No network directly into the TV at all.

    That Iowa story is an exemplar, along with the events in Virginia, of the coming conflict between rural and the Urban Insanity who think everyone is like them and are pushing for Authoritarian Control.

    I suspect that the only way out will be for the rural counties in various states to separate themselves from the urban counties and form their own States. Not sure how anyone would do that, given that the “folks in power” in the capitol cities would not approve.

    One of the Founders said that the American system would not work if we crowded together in cities like the Europeans. I fear we may be testing that truth…

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Trump administration just issued this letter to the Democratic Leadership for the historical record.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Letter-from-President-Trump-final.pdf

  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    Neolithic genome extracted from birch tar chewing gum 5600 years old

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/17/neolithic-dna-ancient-chewing-gum-denmark

  123. E.M.Smith says:

    WOW! That’s quite a letter. Trump pretty much lays out the bare truth and doesn’t pull any punches or sugar coat any of it.

    One hopes the Dims can see the stupidity of proceeding and locking their TDS into history as the most deranged House ever; one fears they are too far gone to see that.

    With any luck, they will hold a symbolic vote, and so arrange it that they miss by just one or two… Then can claim “we tried” and move on.

  124. Larry Ledwick says:

    Eventually it is all going to come out, and a bunch of people are going to spend then next few years either meeting with defense lawyers, in court or in jail.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mark-meadows-doj-exploring-unbelievably-unusual-activity-in-final-months-of-obama-administration

  125. Larry Ledwick says:

    You an interesting thought. The left for the last few years has been incessently beating a drum for the idea that the Police are corrupt and abusive etc. They are unintentionally falling into their own bear trap, as it will with that indoctrination base be very easy for the voters on the left to do a double take and say – crap the FBI and the CIA are also corrupt!

    They have accidentally planted the seeds for their own destruction of credibility on their impeachment charges.

  126. llanfar says:

    The 3rd paragraph could indicate he is prepping treason charges…

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    Someone needs to face treason charges or this will happen again.

    It would make very clear that Impeachment is a grave step and not to be taken lightly.

    More importantly he knows things that have not yet been made public (and may never be made public) but a few hints in the public domain could send a message.

    John Brennan is the one most likely to face treason charges in my estimation given the totality of what is already known.

    Like the quote out of the TV series Game of Thrones “If you go for the throne you win or you are dead!” that is the gravity that should be associated with the impeachment process.

  128. Larry Ledwick says:

    EM this looks like something you need to try on your new stove.

  129. E.M.Smith says:

    Very interesting technique… but the very short “soak” time will leave the center of the bread, well, bread.

    When I make French Toast, I mix up the egg / milk / dash of vanilla mix, then soak the slices of bread such that each slice soaks up One Medium Egg worth of mix. More for larger slices. Then and only then do I fry it.

    Frying is “low and slow” so the middle cooks and the outside doesn’t burn or ‘skin up’. It gets turned exactly once when fully expanded / puffed up (this helps it not ‘fall’ or be flat). The frying is done in butter.

    On removal from the pan, each slice gets a pat of softened butter melted into it, and then a pour over of warmed real maple syrup.

    The result is a buttery, rich, custard like center French Toast that makes everything else seem pail in comparison.

    My preferred bread for this was always Roman Meal, but it has become almost impossible to find. The Flax in it, though a small percent, makes the flavor stand out. You can use any soft relatively flavorful brown bread instead, but it won’t be quite the same richness. Do not use high fiber brown bread…

    But I’ll remember that technique should I have one pan, one burner, and no mixing soaking dishes in the countryside…

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    I use the square Tupper ware fridge containers to egg the bread but you have to be kind of fast or the bread gets too soggy to pull out (spatula solves that but that is one more thing to wash up).

    I put the egg mix in the container, drop the bread in wait a moment then quickly turn it over and then into the pan, never tried it where the bread got fully saturated with the egg mix though.

  131. E.M.Smith says:

    @Taz:

    I’m surprised it’s as high as 44% trusting the BBC. They are blatantly biased.

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