W.O.O.D. – 18 December 2019 – The Impeachment Party WOOD

The House will be voting to impeach POTUS for doing his job of investigating crimes and corruption (theirs) and NOT handing tax payer money to criminal enterprises (see the Soros connection to the Ukraine money laundry of Biden).

At the same time, POTUS will be having a Great Rally

I’ll be having the Happy Christmas Rally on my TV. I’m ignoring the Dims in the House Of Frauds.

(Beverages to follow ;-)


This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
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What’s Going On?


Boris won. His retoric since indicates BREXIT will happen, though not fully wrapped up till end of 2020. I hope he has the stones to just do a hard Brexit after 3 or 4 months if nothing is moving.

This pretty much wraps up my feelings about it:

IG Report

We had it. Said FBI was a bunch of frauds and criminals, but nobody was in trouble. Barr said “wait a moment” /sarc; so maybe something will be done.

Impeachment Circus

As stated at the top: Today we find out just how completely deranged are the Democrats.

The latest stats have more folks against impeachment than for it, so the Dims are planning to piss off over 1/2 the country. Good show lads!

They continue to run the Lie and Pony show. Stating demonstrable lies as facts of the case. Like that’s going to endear them. The days when later you could say you just were given bad data are over. We KNOW you are lying for effect.

They already KNOW it’s DOA in the Senate, so the only reason to continue this fraudulent Show Trial is political. OK, Partisan Hacks doing Partisan Hackery. Got it.

One of their 2 “Articles” has just been taken up by the Supreme Court, thus mooting it. The other, a nebulous “Abuse Of Power” is just trump DOING HIS JOB. By treaty with Ukraine we are required to investigate crimes and corruption. Handing over $Billions to someone, sight unseen, with a reputation for massive corruption, is IRRESPONSIBLE and it is only appropriate that POTUS check out the recipient before handing over MY MONEY. That Hunter Biden is up to his ears in corruption is clear on the face of it. NOT investigating that would be the crime.

But we’ll find out about end of congress today. Call it about 5 PM Eastern as a guess.

How Stupid are the Democrats? IMHO, more than enough to actually vote for this fraud show.

National Riots

You know the list (if you don’t, track back through prior W.O.O.D.s).

Only real news is France protesters have announced not breaking for Christmas.

Who’s Your President?

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

Snow Season

Iceland got whacked. Headed for the UK “soon” per some forecasters.

USA took a big hit. Frozen down the middle and cold into north Florida.

“Watch This Space” as actual winter starts soon.

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112 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 18 December 2019 – The Impeachment Party WOOD

  1. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    Snow season
    A river of air (moist) is headed to Portland, OR.
    Lots of rain, with Washington Cascades and Olympics getting snow.
    A complex forecast, explained by Scott of KOMO News – Seattle.
    ‘Twas the Storm before Christmas

  2. Taz says:

    I don’t want it to end with the prosecution of Brennan. It’s time for a full purge of Washington DC. Anyone who can’t live within the constraints of our Bill of Rights MUST GO.

    That includes all Congressmen voting for these surveillance bills. They know they aren’t lawful – yet vote for them anyway. Inviting citizens to grind themselves down litigating for rights already theirs.

    Would love to see Congressmen thrown into prison with hard time for violating our Bill of Rights. They don’t fear us. This must be remedied.

  3. Taz says:

    And why can’t Hillary do time for her email server? Just what the hell must one do to be prosecuted for theft in Washington?

    She wasn’t punished at all.

  4. Lifetime Democrat Voter says:

    Finally watched a bit of the Impeachment party.

    1. I want Republicans to drag this all the way into November.

    2. I want some generous right wing player to give each Democrat an AR-15 along with hollow point ammo. The Dems don’t have guns – so there is no way they’ll ever be effective at their circular firing squad. They need help.

    3. I want the Democratic party to die, along with EVERY Dem’s political career. To be replaced with a new party with zero Dem holdovers.

    4. I want Nancy’s home to be robbed, and paperwork leaked which throws her and her husband in prison.

    5. Similar fates for all prominent Democrats. Let them never recover from their sins……

    Now get this….I’m pretty much a lifetime Dem voter.

    [Reply: Please watch the rhetoric. You are right on the edge of “threats to a person” which is not acceptable. I realize your reference to AR-15 is rhetorical as the “circular firing squad” attests, but it is just a bit too close. Then specifically asking for a robbery is also advocating for a crime, even if it is just a rhetorical device for the following “leak” of papers. Advocating harm to political figures can get you a visit from the Secret Service and me shut down. Please avoid it. I’m allowing this through as an educational experience in just where is the line. -E.M.Smith]

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ned Nikolov on pressure setting surface temperature.

  6. philjourdan says:

    In the 10 years I have been reading you, this is the most emotion I have seen from you in that entire time. I understand it. And like you, I am ignoring it. I only hope enough people are tired of the democrat lies.

    We know the base is eating it up. Fortunately they are a minority.

  7. Larry Ledwick says:


    Josh Blackman
    ‏Verified account
    49 minutes ago
    The House has much of an obligation to transmit the articles of impeachment as the Senate had an obligation to give Merrick Garland a hearing: none.

    Joel B. Pollak
    Follow @joelpollak
    If Democrats don’t send articles of #impeachment to the Senate, Republicans can just find them in default and hold a vote to acquit the president, end of sorry story.

    Dan Bongino
    ‏Verified account
    Following @dbongino
    This is the FIRST impeachment in American history with bipartisan support AGAINST impeachment. The Democrats are a sick party full of tyrants, police-state supporters, America-haters, socialists, liars and frauds. They’re a disgrace to this country.

  8. Larry Ledwick says:

    The case for the Senate to stomp on the articles of impeachment and toss the case due to defects in the process used to prepare them and their lack of any legitimate criminal charge.


    They by doing so, can permanently change the impeachment process by saying they will only convene a hearing on charges that have merit and followed traditional hearing processes which protected the traditional rights of the accused in a judicial process. Or they can simply refuse to hear the charges due to these defects in process and issue a summary judgment of acquittal, they are literally in the position to write their own rules.

  9. Mddwave says:

    The oddest thing about the whole impeachment is that the democrats are silent why Trump requested Ukraine to investigate Biden in the first place. Clearly, Biden had a conflict of interest at least only by appearance. Biden should have recluse himself from the Ukrainian affair while his son was on the board.

    I would think that the Senate should investigate if Trump had cause to investigate Biden. If there is enough evidence on Biden for deeper bribery investigation, then Trump was doing his constitutional duty of upholding the law.

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile in the background the FBI got slapped down hard by the head FISA Judge.


  11. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m generally devoid of emotion. “Cold fish” or “Flat” or “Placid” used as descriptors. I’ve had to learn to amp up my affect to make others comfortable.

    Occasionally I’ll have my moments. Excited and fear jumping out of an airplane first time. Happiness at dinner with friends. Rarely to never anger or hatred.

    Right now I despise the Democratic Party leadership, with hatred and special bile reserved for Schiff, Nadler & Pelosi for destruction of the rule of law and due process. Others who voted for this fraud get secondary scorn. I’m doing my best to keep things to that level while it fades… but at the moment, if I were in a position to save their lives, I would not. That fact bothers me, but is what it is. They would improve this Earth by leaving it, and have no redeeming value.

    For that reason, I’ll be channeling those energies into the Trump reelection. Turning it into cold fire. Serving it as a cold dish.

    I rarely feel hate, but when I do… it runs long and deep. Because I do not act on it, the cold burn fades very very slowly. Years and decades. The Dims are dead to me for the rest of my life.

    I also want to know who are the 3 Republicans who voted present. They are party traitors.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    Who voted present or NV on the Republican side?

    	Jody B. Hice Ga. 10	
    John W. Rose Tenn. 6	
    William R. Timmons IV S.C. 4	

    Per: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/31/us/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry-house-vote.html

    That partisan vote, lead by the corrupt, tells me No Democrat can be trusted, be honest, enforce the rule of law, or believed.

    Never again any vote for a Democrat.

  13. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm interesting President Bill Clinton house vote for impeachment was 21 years ago almost to the day. (was the Trump impeachment actually a pay back for Clinton?)
    December 19, 1998, Clinton became the second American president to be impeached

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Judge Carter
    Follow @JudgeCarter
    It is a fundamental ideal of our republic that every American receives justice under the law. As a Member of Congress, we are required to uphold that ideal & as a former judge, I was tasked with the same responsibility.

    6:56 PM – 18 Dec 2019

    Judge Carter
    ‏Verified account
    7 hours ago

    This entire impeachment process has lacked impartiality, respect for the Constitution and justice. When I was on the bench, I instructed every jury the same way. I told them, “what someone heard from another source other than what they directly observed is not evidence.”

    Judge Carter
    ‏Verified account
    7 hours ago

    The evidence presented by the House Majority in this case was hearsay. In fact, the most substantial direct evidence was the transcript of the President’s telephone call, which did not prove an impeachable offense.

    Judge Carter
    ‏Verified account
    7 hours ago
    While the Democrats try to rewrite their history, the truth is that the impeachment of President Trump began the day he was inaugurated. In fact, 17 of the 24 Democratic members on the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Trump well before the phone call

    Judge Carter
    ‏Verified account
    7 hours ago
    with the Ukraine President even occurred. The last month of impeachment hearings have been political theatre designed to present hearsay and rumors as facts. Make no mistake, today’s vote isn’t about justice, or upholding the rule of law, this is politics.

    Judge Carter
    ‏Verified account
    7 hours ago
    The Constitution is clear — treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors are impeachable offenses. The evidence presented does not meet those standards required by the supreme law of the land.

    Judge Carter
    ‏Verified account
    7 hours ago
    Impeachment is one of the most serious acts that Congress will undertake, it should not be taken lightly or used to strong arm those you disagree with politically. It’s irresponsible that the Democrats have weaponized the impeachment process to appease their voting base.

    Judge Carter
    ‏Verified account
    7 hours ago
    Their behavior over the last three years is the very behavior the Founding Fathers warned us about. Fortunately, I have no doubt that the American people recognize Democrats’ antics, and they will not easily forget. Today is truly a sad day for justice.

  15. beththeserf says:

    Such a long journey from Magna Carta to Democracy, from serfdom, famine and human limited life -expectancy to what we have now. Sad that madness of crowds’ historical ignoramussus would cast it away. https://beththeserf.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/36th-edition-serf-under_ground-journal/

  16. Julian Jones says:

    More to Christopher Steele, the Trump dodgy dossier author … he apparently was closely involved with Skripal/Novichuk affair (lengthy discussion over 3 videos).


  17. jokward says:

    They just lie. Lie. Then, for a change, lie some more. There is no redemption for such creatures. America’s main problem, as viewed from UK, is there appears to be zero comeback for their behavior. Ever.

    Their continued and unanimous use of the word ‘evidence’ brings to mind a scene from The Princess Bride. My main problem with it all is it very strongly reminds me of Goebbels. A big lie repeated often enough becomes truth.

    The world needs strong folk like DJT right now – he’s the only one as far as I can tell.

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    The impeachement vote netted President Trump $3 million dollars in campaign donations yesterday.


  19. YMMV says:

    Christopher Steele and Skripal. I don’t have time to watch the video. This shorter article makes an interesting case about the link between the two. Do they reach the same conclusion?

    “Mishkin is a military doctor who knew perfectly well that the A-234 substance given to him was a unitary (that is, ready-to-use) chemical weapon (as opposed to its binary version, better known as “Novichok”).”

    “However, Trump won the election, and it became clear to the Kremlin that sooner or later, the investigation by the new White House administration would reveal the true role played by the Russian intelligence services in the 2016 presidential election, including the stuffing of compromising materials on Trump through Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

    “Mueller charged Russian programmers on the Friday evening, February 16, as it became customary for his team to do. It was already Saturday night in Moscow. Most likely, the decision to kill Skripal was made on Monday, February 19. An incredibly short time was allocated for the operation — just two weeks. There was no time for rigorous preparation. Exactly two weeks later, on March 4, 2018, Skripal was poisoned.”

    “In other words, the Skripal poisoning was a cover-up operation of the Kremlin, the purpose of which was to send the “ObamaGate” investigation in a false direction.”

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    What the Dims can look forward to in the Senate. Mitch rips their process via politely stating the facts about it, and them

  21. Graeme No.3 says:

    Today (Friday 20TH) The Australian has a cartoon about the Impeachment.
    It shows a relaxed Trump floating on an inflatable bed with glass over a sea of mud. In the mud up to their necks are Pelosi and Schiff with the latter saying “So, what now?” and Pelosi replying “I know, throw more mud”

  22. Larry Ledwick says:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
    12/19/2019 Comments and response to the House articles of impeachment vote.
    “The articles are Constitutionally incoherent”

    “Let me say that again, If the Senate blesses this historically low bar, we will invite the impeachment of every future president”

    “The House Democrats allegations as presented are incompatible with our Constitutional order, they are unlike anything which has ever been seen in 230 years of this Republic”

    “If the Senate blesses this slap dash impeachment, if we say from now on this is enough, then we invite an endless parade of impeachment trials. Future houses of either party will free to toss up a jump ball every time they feel angry, free to swamp the Senate with trial after trial no matter how baseless the charges. We’d be giving future houses of either party unbelievable new power to paralyze the Senate at their whim.”

    “Historians will regard this as a great irony of our era, that so many ,who profess such concern for our norms and traditions, themselves proved willing to trample our Constitutional order to get their way.”

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sounds to me that Mitch is sending a very clear signal that unless the House rectifies the short comings of the present articles of impeachment, he will slap it down as insufficient for consideration, and acquit the President of these charges.

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    That was my take on it. Maybe that’s why Pelosi is sitting on it. A whisper to her that the Senate is just going to blow raspberries at them and call it bogus. Tell her to take it to The Supremes if they don’t like being rejected as failed.

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    This may be her face saving move to be able to tell the hard left that she tried and then point her finger at the Senate and say “they did it”. She gets brownie points for trying with her crazy left faction, they can say “we impeached him” during their campaigns and assert he is not legitimate and then claim Republican skulduggery to de-legitimize the Republicans for her Pussy hat factions.

    Much Ado About Nothing

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Attorney General Barr

  27. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting… any attempt to connect to the Australuan sends me off to a “tags” site that fails…


    This site can’t be reached
    tags.news.com.au refused to connect.

    Wonder if it doesn’t like the PiHole…

    Swapping to my non-ad blocked net, it completes….then nags me a bunch to buy their paper…

    Whatever… no meme of floating Trump top page or in impeachment article, so going back to ad blocker. Don’t realky need them.

  28. jim2 says:

    Since the House can make up its own rules regarding impeachment, I assume the Senate can do the same. They could just have a committee have their aids summarize the House report as 89% BS, 90% speculation, and 83% hearsay; then submit it for a vote on “insufficient grounds” or some such.

  29. jim2 says:

    Since, I guess, the Senate can make up its own rules, they could just get a copy of the impeachment doc off the House web site and call it “submitted to the Senate.” On a side note, these destructive Dimowits do need to move to some country that’s already effed up to their liking. They don’t deserve to be here, that that include all the white one’s too!!!

  30. philjourdan says:

    @Larry Ledwick – Definitely payback. But also the first time in history that a president was impeached without being charged (or found guilty) of a crime. They had to impeach him (in their own warped demented minds) because Clinton was.

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like the House is adjourned until January, so articles not forwarded until then.

    Tulsi Gabbard voted present, but said to the news she thought Potus had done wrong. That sinks her in my book. No crime committed. Properly did his job of being a feduciary. Tulsi is trying to pretend she is non partisan in the vote, but on side in the news. Just another political weasel.

    There are likely established rules saying how a law must be handled in moving from the House; then again, the Dims just established that the agreed rules don’t matter. So….

    Seems to me the Senate can do whatever they want.

  32. Another Ian says:

    From north of the border

    “Articulatings Of Impeachment” and comments


  33. Another Ian says:

    Check the photo

    “Same guy must have fabricated the impeachment charges? ”

    In comments at


  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Chad Pergram
    ‏Verified account
    9 hours ago
    Hoyer announces no more votes until January 7. Big cheer goes up in House chamber. This means the House won’t approve a resolution on impeachment mgrs & to send impeachment pkg to Senate until at least January, 2020

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Good ones! Especially Pelosi trying to talk… and failing.

  36. Power Grab says:

    I saw a message today that had a link to an article that said “they” had gotten hold of something to use to go after VP Pence.

    I’m sure they want to take out both President Trump and VP Pence.

    Then that leaves Pelosi in the Oval Office.

    God forbid.

    I have trouble believing the Founders intended for the 3rd in succession to be in charge of taking out #1 and #2.

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    IIRC that was a relatively recent change. Used to be Scty. State.

    Famously, when Reagan was shot and press asked who was in charge, Al Haig said “I am in control” as the V.P. was in a plane from Tx. As Scty. Of State he remembered the older order learned in school. Pres, then V.P. , then Secty. State. But some years before it had been changed to House Speaker.


    The 25th Amendment reiterates what is stated in Article 2, Section 1: that the Vice President is the direct successor of the President. He or she will become President if the President cannot serve for whatever reason. The 25th also provides for a President who is temporarily disabled, such as if the President has a surgical procedure or if he or she become mentally unstable.

    The original Constitution provides that if neither the President nor Vice President can serve, the Congress shall provide law stating who is next in line. Currently that law exists as 3 USC 19, a section of the U.S. Code. This law was established as part of the Presidential Succession Act of 1947. There, the following line of succession is provided:

    Speaker of the House of Representatives
    President Pro Tempore of the Senate
    Secretary of State
    Secretary of the Treasury
    Secretary of Defense
    Attorney General
    Secretary of the Interior
    Secretary of Agriculture
    Secretary of Commerce
    Secretary of Labor
    Secretary of Health and Human Services
    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
    Secretary of Transportation
    Secretary of Energy
    Secretary of Education
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    Secretary of Homeland Security
    The only exception to the line provided in the law states that to ascend to the Presidency, the next person in line must be constitutionally eligible. Any person holding an office in the line of succession who, for example, is not a naturally-born citizen cannot become President. In this case, that person would be skipped and the next eligible person in the line would become President.

    So no, the founders didn’t expect that. They expected Congress in total to pick someone.. that changed in 1947 with the 25th Amendment. IIRC there was an earlier one w/ Sctry State after VP.

  38. tom0mason says:

    People here may be interested in the latest in the small nuclear reactor power generator has pass it’s Phase 4 approval …
    Small nuclear reactor proposal passes latest hurdle. The reactor is the world’s first SMR to undergo design certification review by the NRC, after passing phase 4 of the review process. It is on track for approval by September 2020.
    SMR supporters see the reactors as a safer, more affordable nuclear power option.
    Phase 4 of the review involves completion of the advanced safety evaluation report (SER) with no open items. It signifies near-completion of the technical review.
    Phase 5 involves a review by the NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), while Phase 6 involves preparation of the final SER.
    NuScale vice president of regulatory affairs Tom Bergman said the company appreciates “the NRC’s efforts to streamline Phase 5″. He added: “We expect that Phase 5 will be completed on or ahead of the original schedule in June 2020.”

    The Utah Associated Municipal Power System is planning a 12-module SMR plant in Idaho, based on the NRC’s certified design and scheduled for operation by the mid-2020s.

    See https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/small-nuclear-reactor-proposal-passes-latest-hurdle/

  39. jim2 says:


    “My Lords, and Members of the House of Commons, my government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on the 31st of January,” the 93-year-old monarch began in her second Queen’s Speech of the year, a relatively modest affair stripped of much of the usual pomp and circumstance.


  40. jim2 says:

    “Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed,” Graham said, noting that the misappropriation of his father’s name is what moved him to reveal whom his father voted for in 2016.

    Rev. Graham then proceeded to offer his own searing indictment of the behavior of House Democrats in their “politically motivated, 100% partisan” impeachment of the president.

    “For Christianity Today to side with the Democrat Party in a totally partisan attack on the President of the United States is unfathomable,” Graham wrote. “Christianity Today failed to acknowledge that not one single Republican voted with the Democrats to impeach the President.”


  41. E.M.Smith says:


    That’s really great news! Time to run off to TallBlokes for a while ;-)


    Did she say January of which year? 8-)

    I’ll have to watch the Queen’s Speech now…

    But Hurrah for H.M..

    Per “Media vs Christianity”: Yeah, the folks from English / Media classes are out of touch with their patrons no matter what media they work for… Sad that.

    So the “pay for me to nag you” media are finding few folks paying anymore, and the rise of the Amateur / Blogger / Youtube Journalist. People find a way…

    The Editor is supposed to keep the writing staff in touch with the desires of the customer, but lately Media Outlets have become captive to Extraordinarily Rich Owners and the Editors are to please them, not the customer. The result has been the catastrophic destruction of many media outlets as the customers “Stay away in droves”. Not just CNN and MSNBC and NYT. But also Buzzfeed, Huff ‘n Puff (HUFF-po or Huffington Post), Vice and more. As the Rich Progressives discover they can buy a media outlet to amplify their voice, but can not buy the ears to listen or the eyes to read…

    Oh Well. Just clears the ecology for a new media outlet to step in and fill the niche.

  42. Power Grab says:

    @ EM re:
    “IIRC there was an earlier one w/ Sctry State after VP.”

    Oh my gosh! You’re right. I remember that now.

    And I remember the discussion (during Watergate days) of how Henry Kissinger couldn’t step in as President even though he was Secretary of State, because he wasn’t a natural born American citizen. But I don’t remember their saying that it was moot because the rules of succession had been changed in 1947.

    Thanks for digging all that up.

    If the MSM were doing their real job, this little item would be on a front burner of discussion.

    The way it stands now, Nancy Pelosi could very well stand accused of self-aggrandizement, couldn’t she? If there isn’t a way to classify that as a “high crime or misdemeanor”, there should be. It’s just wrong!

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little impeachment humor for this Friday Morning!

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Thats5 a good one, and about right!

    @Power Grab:

    Oh Yeah, I’d forgotten about Kissenger until you mentioned it….

    Per Pelosi, under their new non-rules, sure, impeach her on the spot! “Abuse of power”. It is now a precedent.

  45. E.M.Smith says:

    Documenting a minor factoid: it is now after 1 PM. I have had a bowl of buckwheat groats with 2 pats of butter (about 1 Tbs.) and maybe 2 ounces of milk and a tsp of sugar, about 10 PM. (Woke up about 7 AM).

    As an emercency food, this would work very well, but I’d use coconut oil and powdered or canned milk.

    I measured 1/2 cup dry. That’s 3.4 ounces mass. Rice is 3.7 ounces dry for the same 1/2 cup volume measure (about 120ml). The rice is just as filling but not as satisfying and bigger hit to blood sugar.

    So about 10 ounces for 3 meals. Or 4.8 meals to the Pound. A 25 lb. sack would be about 120 meals, or 40 days of survival rations. Call it one month per 25 lb. sack, or 2 months per 50 lb gunnysack. Rice & beans similar weight, so similar rule of thumb. 6 gunnysacks per person year.

    I think I’ll do more digging on buckwheat ;-)

  46. E.M.Smith says:

    Newt Gingrich on Fox is confirming the notion that Trump is NOT impeached until the articles are delivered to the Senate. So as of now, TRUMP IS NOT IMPEACHED.

    There’s even a reasonable theory that the vote doesn’t carry past the adjournment. No idea if that is true, but ought to be prior rulings on House votes.

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    This sounds promising – 1 hour video weekly update (not active yet but should be available soon)

  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm one of the FISC judges is stepping down. Interesting timing.

    Seems lots of interesting stories being put up late on the Friday before Christmas.

    Merry Christmas All!

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    Today (12/20/2019) is the official birthday of the USSF (United States Space Force)


  51. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ooops hate it when my Son’s company gets charged with fraud and stock sales frozen.


  52. tom0mason says:

    Nancy Pelosi explains the fine details of the action …

    In a version of English that I was previously unaware of!

  53. Steve C says:

    An interesting article about the effects of differing coloured lights – not, this time, the evils of blue light, but the interestingly positive effects of green. Reduction of migraine, then other pains, then we find an opioid blocker reverses the effects. So it really is therapeutic to go and relax amongst plants …

  54. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah… “The Khe…”… “The Ke…” … “whatever you want to call it, the next step”…

  55. Ossqss says:

    Happy holidays to everyone!

    I did another M.2 slot SSD upgrade to my daughters 2 year old I7 Laptop yesterday. It is incredible the difference in performance these things make. This one was an M.2 SATA drive and a bit slower than the one I put in my son’s PC, as they have to have support for the drive type. The M.2 PCIe connected NVMe drives are much faster. 560 mps (M.2 SATA) as compared to 3500 on some of the NVMe gen-3, 4 lane drives. Now they are placing the Gen 4 drives in some new Laptops that are even faster.

    I used the Crucial.com site to purchase them (routed to Amazon) as they can ID the specifics for just about most all models of PC’s with their upgrade data base and what kind of upgraded drive they can support. Additionally, they provide the Achronis cloning software that makes migration very easy. Really easy if you are using an M.2 slot as you just plug in the new drive, clone it, and remove the old spinning drive and your done. That said, some of the Laptops can be a bit difficult to open, but there are plenty of videos and support documents out there to help.



    Dated a bit, but relevant.


    There are also some pretty good deals on laptops out there. I picked this one up as show for the price shown. It is quite nice and has the new Ryzen 5, 3rd gen processor and the Gen 4 NVMe in it. That active pen it comes with is a $50 item (albeit I now have to stock AAAA batteries for it and would have preferred a rechargeable one). Having the Samsung Note pro tablet and note phone, I like the idea of having a pen, since I actually do use it.


    Oh well, I am off on safari as I have some fuzzy tailed rats that are chewing my Christmas light cords up and need to be dealt with.

    Where the heck is HR when I need him and his pellet gun? :-)

  56. E.M.Smith says:

    Wonder how much network activity there is in your area?

    Interested in mapping your neighbors?

    Want to see if anyone has a network named in an interesting way?

    Interested in what informaion YOUR wifi is leaking about you?


    Zooming in on my street I did not see my WiFi network names, but did see some of my neighbors. My WiFi is set to the lowest power possible to reach about 40 feet, and the street is further than that away, so maybe that’s the ticket ;-)

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just a bit from twitter on recent Q drops.


    This implies that some of the criminal referrals are ripening and may be ready to reveal to the public.

    It would help the general public catch on to how corrupt things had become if a few major indictments finally got announced that point fingers back at the previous administration.

    If what has been revealed so far is all true, Rear Admiral Rogers will go down in history as the person that pulled the plug on the deep state political spying.

    Only time will tell of course, but this seems to be the back story on the skulduggery they were involved in to try to spy on the incoming administration.

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    Solid state drives are fantastic, we use them on our servers at work for the access intensive operations and they make a huge difference when you are dealing with db tables that have 1 billion + rows.

    We could not do the the processing we do without them – it would take days to do some queries of the data base.

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile back at the electric zero emissions revolution – emissions free construction equipment – not so much.

  60. E.M.Smith says:

    Pretty much a given at any new construction site is the presence of generators to power the electrical equipment. The notion of an electric construction device (of any kind) being “zero emissions” is about 1/2 daft.

    Why only half?

    Because one of the first things you try to do is get “Saw Power” to the construction site. This is a (typically un-metered) raw power drop on a pole from the power company. You pay a flat rate based on what is typically used during construction. It can show up early in the cycle, or very very late.

    One computer room (a few thousand square feet, not small) we were building out was essentially all completed. We were ready to go live and had a hard deadline for first services. Still no power. Whole thing built out and equipped on small generator power for lighting and tools. Sometimes it arrives very very late… So we ordered up 3 Very Large Trailer Generators (about the size of camping trailers…) and parked them out back. For the next 3 weeks our Live Data Center was running on Diesel… Then we scheduled downtime to cut over to pole power once it arrived.

    Were I working constructions sites again, I’d likely get one of those Electric Pickups that’s being pushed. Why? Well, while parked on site I’d plug into the Saw Power (if it were available) and charge up for free… At some point that will become an issue and the power company will install a meter on Saw Power (if they haven’t already…) When saw power is not available, you can charge it from the small Diesel Generator you carry around in the back ;-)

  61. cdquarles says:

    Yes, it does make sense for migraine sufferers. They *are* photosensitive and likely have wide variation in what they’re sensitive to. I have them, yet, for the most part; they’re not debilitating. In fact, the only time I had such occurred in Jan of this year, and I thought I was having a cerebral hemorrhage.

  62. E.M.Smith says:

    5 GHz from our WiFi causes problems for the spouse and lack of sleep for me. We shut it off (only running 2.x GHz and that at minimum power to reach the living room).

    I’m likely going to bring one of my yellow “sunglasses” into the house and see if that helps with the TV / Tablet / computer screens. I can feel a bit of eye strain from them.

  63. Another Ian says:

    “Houston, We Have a Problem!”

    “If you can’t make it through the entire video, be sure to fast forward to 15:00 and listen to what typical Democrats think about anyone who disagrees with them.”


  64. jim2 says:

    I’ve thought for a long time that publicly funded research should be free to the public that funded it, and it appears President Trump may see it that way too! I hope this is for real …

    The Trump administration is reportedly considering issuing an executive order that would make it easier for everyone to access publicly funded research.

    According to E&E News, the White House is considering mandating, via executive order, that all federally funded research be immediately available to the public upon publication. Currently, a lot of federally funded research is kept behind a paywall for one year before it becomes public. The executive order would reportedly mandate eliminating that paywall period.


  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    For anyone that uses dissenter browser they just pushed a new update this afternoon for Win 7 64 bit.

    Version 0.70.122 Chromium: 78.0.3904.87 (Official Build) (64-bit)

    Looks like they are on about a 2 month update cycle because the prior build I had installed had a date stamp of 10/18/19

    That build was:
    Version 0.69.132 Chromium: 77.0.3865.90 (Official Build) (64-bit)

  66. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, I’m surrounded by that every day here in The Peoples Republic Of Kalifornia. You learn to kerp your head down and let them sputter, rant, and be shocked at the vote.

    @Larry L:

    Why, despite several very good military product ideas, I do nothing with them. That regularly happens.

  67. Power Grab says:

    @ Jim2 and EM re:

    “I sounded like Nancy was about to say “Kangaroo” there for a second.”

    I thought she was starting to say “coup”…

    She really did sound like she was polluted, though, didn’t she?

    That’s the ticket! She’s just what Deep State wants in the Oval Office!

  68. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m not going to hand anything in. I’ll just say “2nd Amendment right to KEEP”, there’s the door. And we can make a class action for SCOTUS.

  69. Another Ian says:

    “Dan Bongino Interviews Devin Nunes About All Things “Spygate”…”


  70. Another Ian says:

    Felled by Paul Bunyan?

  71. philjourdan says:

    @EM – Re -Newt Impeachment.

    I guess if we go to the Constitution, technically he has been. However, the Constitution is silent on how the case is transferred to the senate. It is ONLY senate rules that dictate the managers (no mention in the Constitution). So Constitutionally, he is impeached, and McConnell can do as he pleases. He can dismiss the case since there is no evidence (the articles), or hold a Kangaroo court and vote without them.

    The big question is if Pelousi can hold the charges over to the next congress (some are saying that she should as there is a chance the democrats will win control of the Senate). But that one I think would flunk the “intent” test in SCOTUS and the impeachment would die.

    It is virgin territory we are in. IN every aspect of the matter. But the longer it takes will only help Trump.

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    I disagree, take an example from another domain.

    Union leaders vote to go on strike, but never actually call for a walk out.
    Have they gone on strike?


    A district attorney prepares and indictment but never actually serves the indictment, has the suspect been indicted?


    You decide to slap your boss the next time he says something stupid in a meeting, but each time he does, you make a political decision “not now”, have you ever slapped your boss?

  73. jim2 says:

    Or, the Republicans could take back the House, which is a good possibility with Trump running in 2020, then they could nullify the first vote on impeachment. Then Trump wouldn’t be impeached at all.

  74. philjourdan says:

    @steve and CD – I can count the numbers of migraines I have had on the fingers of one hand. That is how I know what a migraine is, and I am very glad that I have had so few (my wife is not so lucky).

    ANd like CD says, dark! That helps. As I have had so few (3), I do not know the best solutions. But I know what I did to get through them (as I have had so few, I have not done medication).

  75. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – The wise is he who knows what he knows not.

    Which leaves out those bozos. But I watched further and it was worth it! Eye Lash girl is the face of the democrat party! Totally ignorant but forever hopeful. She wanted to see a Bermie Trump match up (I do not care what is on the other side), thinking that the beauty of Socialist rhetoric will win over the reality of capitalism. It may one day in a recession. But not when the economy is setting records.

    And yes, I knew (Hillary told us) what those idiots think of those who do not agree with us. I see it every day with a millennial I work with, Fortunately, not all the left is that stupid. I work FOR a rabid leftist that is also very intelligent, Just misguided. But he is at least willing to listen and engage.

  76. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – none of those are in the Constitution.

    @Jim2 – that is why it will flunk the “Intent” rulings. And I think that is a far more likely possibility (that the House flips back). I know my “rep” non-rep will likely lose. She ran on 2 things. The ability to reach across the aisle (scratch that) and she was not running on Impeachment (scratch that)l.

    But like all democrats,she is just another liar (and actually a deep stater).

  77. Another Ian says:


    This and subsequent was what I thought I linked to – “fun and games” re the border wall

    “Stillwater says:
    December 22, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Talk Radio Town Hall with Kevin Cramer – Part 1”


  78. Another Ian says:

    Latest chapter in

    “When The FBI Does It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal”


  79. philjourdan says:

    @another Ian – I am confused. The link takes to a clip less than (barely) 15 minutes. The one I commented on was about 20 minutes, with the 15 minute mark where the moderator asked the audience their thoughts on the intelligence of Trump voters. That is the one I commented on.

  80. E.M.Smith says:

    A family member with migraine took imitrex far a few years. It helped a lot and eventually the migraines ended.

  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    Our good friend from the Climate Wars, wades in on the deep state investigations of Trump and Russian Influence.
    As always he asks some of the obvious questions and a few not quite so obvious that others should have asked long ago.

  82. Another Ian says:

    Belief vs brains

    “Flooded Tesla charging station in a floodplain that flooded in 2003..”


  83. Another Ian says:


    What I was highlighting starts with that “Stillwater comment and follows down the thread – apparently from a recent enquiry into shenanigans wrt the border wall construction

  84. E.M.Smith says:

    Well that’s gonna make ‘splody heads among the globalists….

    China demanding no encryption would be enough for me to leave them.

  85. jim2 says:

    Groups with no affiliation to President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign are siphoning off funds from Trump supporters under the impression that the groups are using donations to support the president.

    An examination by Politico found that dark money groups, pro-Trump PACs, and Facebook advertisers copy Trump’s brand to dupe Trump supporters into donating to them. But the groups spend very little of these funds to actually support Trump, Politico reports.


  86. philjourdan says:

    Interesting tie in with the China tariff feud. – https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/daniel-turner-if-climate-change-an-existential-threat-as-democrats-claim-then-here-is-our-only-option

    As usual, the democrats are playing both sides out of their mouth. The writer is correct. If AGW was an “existential threat”, like WWII, we would have to go to war with China. But instead of sending troops, Trump is sending tariffs. And yet those who say we only have 12 years to live, are aghast that he would dare try to cripple the largest polluter on the planet.

  87. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting question – Where is Tony Podesta?


    Is he in witness protection and singing like a bird to the Feds on Hillary et al, or has he gone to ground someplace and staying out of sight? This item was written 9 months ago and I don’t recall any news items on him at all in the news.

    The Feds dropped their investigation on him with no charges in September of this year.




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  89. Another Ian says:

    “Why I Am So Critical of Climate ‘Science’?”


    Another Michael Smith stirring pot!

  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    I didn’t want to crap up the Christmas thread with political stuff, but the intro to this video is great – This apple did not fall far from the tree (Donald Trump Jr. clearly has the same alpha male walk and attitude of his father)

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the main reasons the US economy is booming right now.


  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    philjourdan says:
    22 December 2019 at 8:37 pm
    @Larry – none of those are in the Constitution.

    It appears this was decided long ago by the Supreme Court. Once the vote takes place in the house their job is done, and authority passes immediately to the Senate.


  93. philjourdan says:

    Thanks Larry, I was unaware of that ruling. But it does reinforce my point. McConnell does mot have to wait for Pelousi.

    But then he knows the longer she delays, the better for Republicans.

  94. E.M.Smith says:

    Fascinating. I ought o have expected the lie about requirements.

    I did a dig into the Constitution and been unable to find where it said articles had to move or a trial held. Now I know why…

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