A rambling blog post

Our constant hysterical political climate disgusts me.  Trump’s constant braggadocio, petty attacks and rambling , fact-free word salads disgust me.  The Democrats and media hysterical spin about Trump disgusts me.  As far as political commentary or analysis goes, the various smart takes in 2016 remain the same in 2019, as our American political hamster wheel spins round and round.

For the most part lately, I’ve gotten off the daily habit of tracking the partisan spin throughout the day.  Perhaps if something interesting or new happens, I’ll write about it, but fair warning, the rest of this post will be another detour about my efforts to make peace between our consumerist culture and the myriad counter-cultural efforts to combat our wasteful American lifestyle.

Last night I watched a short CNN video on Twitter about a fashion designer, zero waste daniel, who started a clothing design business using only scrap fabric waste.  His approach of sewing together small scraps of fabric to create larger pieces of fabric, from which to construct his clothing designs, while being a trendy environmental-mindful concept, does highlight our society’s love affair with consumer goods, where most of us acquire way more than we consume and live totally unconcerned about our wastefulness.

There’s a common mindset among more conservative Americans and the political right to dismiss everything coming from the liberal environmentalist echo chamber, but perhaps we should all try to be a little more open to listening and considering the merits of ideas, before making snap partisan political judgments.

Many aspects of our environmentally conscious activism do stem from the political left, then take hold in American businesses, who react to the political activism.  Many businesses respond to and embrace the latest politicized framing of appropriate environmentally conscious policies.  This type of political pressure infuriates many on the right.

On the merits, though, pushing all of the politics aside, being less wasteful, using less disposable packaging and taking a more mindful approach to our consumer habits seem like very traditional, conservative American thrifty values, that would even have appealed to Benjamin Franklin and most of our American founders.  The less wasteful approaches definitely were ingrained habits to my parents and grandparents.

Moving to a crafting/needlework blog post, explains why I haven’t been blogging much lately…  I have been stitching away… using all stuff that’s been sitting here for many years.

I struggle with my consumerist mindset and am working to rethink my relationship with purchasing many items, that clutter up my home,  and often have never been used.  However, moving to a zero waste lifestyle takes way more commitment and effort than I will expend, so it’s small steps in my life.

For decades, I purchased loads of craft and needlework supplies, without much concern or thought about the possibility of having too much stuff.  Yet, the thought of parting with my craft and needlework stuff just isn’t happening yet, but I now strive not to buy more, unless it’s some basic supply that I really need.

A few years ago, I began an effort to make projects using only stuff I already have and that’s what that hummingbird cross-stitch picture above is.  I bought a bunch of small Spring-themed counted cross-stitch kits  (and some not so small ones too) on clearance at Walmart, over the many years that I worked there.  I stitched a couple of these a few years ago and posted a photo, but never fear, I have more to go:

I have a hard time seeing to stitch on 18-count, so I used 14 Aida cloth from my supplies for the  hummingbird and a bunny kit last weekend.  I bought two of the bunny kits, for no logical reason…:

I did finish that Diane Graebner Amish design (out of the hoop and needs pressing):

Learning more about finishing my needlework into some useful or decorative item leads me to read a lot of cross-stitch blogs and browse Pinterest frequently.  That habit leads me to want… more new cross stitch stuff, especially the nicer linens and evenweave fabrics and threads.  It takes a constant effort to remind myself that, while stitching on plain old Aida cloth isn’t as nice as stitching on expensive fabrics, these kits and Aida projects still look nice, I think.

Yesterday afternoon, I was torturing myself looking at the blog of a very talented cross stitch designer, Brenda Gervais.  All of her patterns scream, “I want to stitch that!”.  Gervais wrote a short background story to her 2017 series, Summer Schoolhouse ~ Lessons in Abecedarian.  She relates how she found a small children’s book while hunting for antiques, but it wasn’t just any old book.  It was a copy of the oldest children’s book in the Library of Congress and it’s considered to be the oldest children’s book in print.   This book contains the first documented use of the word, baseball.  In the process of browsing cross stitch blogs, I learned a new word: abecedarian and a bit of historical trivia too.

To fill my fix for something new, there are lots of free patterns online.  I stitched this free St.Patrick’s Day cats piece, by Lynn B., twice.  I am going to make them into little decorative pillows or perhaps frame them, but one is for a family member and then I liked these black cats so much, I stitched one for me too:

Yesterday, was another free pattern start, Russian Dolls, this one from DMC:

Plus, I have a bigger cross stitch project of a Liberty Bell, that’s in progress, but that one deserves a fancier Belfast white linen, not plain old Aida cloth.  Just started this, so it’s only the top of Independence Hall and some of the lettering:

Of course, still working on plastic canvas too:

Not sure what I’ll do with this house picture, but it’s a design that I like, so I stitched it…

It’s very hard for me to concentrate on writing lately, but I’ll try to get back to politics soon.

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  1. JK

    Go LB, to “about” the 52 (maybe better the 50 for the set-up) minute mark and you’ll find “a lawyer’s take” regarding Lt Colonel Scheller. As we thought – no institution wants to hold a hot potato!

    • Schellar wasn’t a “whistleblower” and that’s how lots of liberals framed Manning too, while people on the right howled “traitor.” Schellar was demanding “accountability,” which he never explained what sort of accountability he was demanding. The military has prescribed ways to report wrongdoing – IG, your Congressman, etc., but going to the media or posting on social media ain’t it. Manning’s conduct was way, way worse, imo, but Scheller was engaged in political activism and while I understand and share his outrage over the lack of any accountability among top brass and top Biden officials , I don’t have much sympathy for Scheller. Barnes’ argument that Scheller was demanding relief and remedy is bs. The accountability in the military comes through formal military investigative & judicial processes – not some random Marine posting on social media and trying to create a media firestorm. This case was hard for me to stick to my principles on what I believe about following the rules in the military, because I too was outraged with some top generals and Austin’s handling of the withdrawal.

      • JK

        Barnes I very much doubt “has a real appreciation for WHY the UCMJ” but then again LB it seems to me “the perfumed princes of the Pentagon” in these latter days have either forgot the necessity of a separate Justice system or have deliberately chosen to ignore [on the behalf of politics?] the History of how & when the UCMJ came into existence in the first place. [Article 1]

        But still, the first order of the [Civilians at the top – Recall the Constitutional Convention never contemplated ‘Standing Armies’] UCMJ was to assure accountability. across the branches of our Constitutional Republic – The Executive is CinC; Congress – before the 17th Amendment – doing “oversight.”

        “Accountability” for all intents and purposes no longer exists as The Founders originally – again admitting they didn’t foresee the need of standing armies [Navy excepted] – expected.

        But. Then again. Much has changed since The Founding – quaint ideas such as ‘no foreign wars’ and ‘secure borders’ being among the many now exceptions.

        That the CinC – indeed it appears the military’s uppermost hierarchy “chose” to abandon principle informs me

        Something is seriously screwed up.

  2. “Something is seriously screwed up.”

    JK, Kind of been pondering this dilemma of how to preserve and bolster critical institutions in America for many years, when at the top so much corruption runs unchecked. Don’t have any concrete answers, except on this Scheller was right in knowing there has to be accountability at the top – among the top at the Pentagon and within the Biden administration. Unless there’s some sea change in Washington, that “draining the swamp,” as Trump blathered on about, but didn’t deliver, we are doomed.

    Trump really just wanted his political enemies held accountable, while he himself was cheered on for “Trump doesn’t play by the rules.” Don’t see any promising leadership on either side that’s offering any hope. And speaking of corruption, the DOJ restored Andrew McCabe’s pension and removed all records from his record that he was fired for cause. Durham turned up the heat just a tiny bit and the Biden administration or Obama’s third term is reacting quickly. Durham is why Christopher Steele is now doing puff interview with liberal media and trying to relaunch the Trump-Russian Collusion narrative.

  3. JK

    As it happens LB, sometimes after I’ve typed up and comment – and posted it – I run across something saying it better than I did.

    https://tennesseestar.com/2021/10/19/commentary-the-steady-decline-of-our-once-beloved-military/

    Yes Trump had his “issues” but that’s no excuse for, of all military positions[!] a member of the JCS goes around the same chain of command all the usual suspects are so outraged about when a lowly LtCol does it.

    • I actually agree with VDH’s assessment here. There’s an additional rule of decorum retired top brass should adhere, regards media commentary and that’s on social media. I have been shocked at some of the vile attacks on Trump that Gen. Hayden has made on Twitter.

  4. JK

    Good Lord LB. Being busy with our move I suppose has something to do with my not dropping by your ‘currents posts’ page but, golllll eeee I just did and wow you been a very busy blogger lady!

    I’d need to do a very thorough refresher to get me back up to speed on all the background stuff (Collusion Tale) which I ain’t gonna have time for. There is however this one fellow goes by the name of ‘Jim’ comments over on Col Lang’s site – seems to me to be quite the thorough fellow. Now I will admit I really only ad time enough to do a quick-scan of your most current post up but I failed to see mention of that Fiona Hill lady (admitting I very well coulda missed it) Anyway she sure seems to know alot of people and she certainly seems to’ve been a very busy one too:

    https://turcopolier.com/durham-charges-steele-dossier-sub-source-with-five-counts-of-making-false-statements-to-the-fbi/

    It’s very likely this move (and other stuff) is gonna take me awhile so, thanks very much for keeping me (somewhat – my problem not your’s) in the loop.

  5. JK

    Might be a good idea to check in on Mark’s site from time to time:

    https://havechanged.blogspot.com/

    He is, in my humble estimation, alot like yourself LB. Seems a straight shooter but the big plus is, no dog in the fight, no axe to grind.

    • Mornin’ JK. Glenn Greenwald posted a Twitter thread about the media corruption regards the Trump-Russia Collusion this morning. This tweet sounds like something you’ve been warning about for years: https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1457353516423524353

      • What Comey and his top FBI peeps did, turning the FBI into a contributor of the Clinton campaign, Brennan and Clapper did the same using US intelligence agencies..

    • JK

      As I suspected. Mark’s posted.

      • JK, Something that’s bothered me with the way male investigators have gone about investigating Hillary Clinton scandals is that they invariably focus on power player men, while pretty much dismissing the women in the background. The thing about feminists like Hillary and her circle of feminist cronies is they attach themselves to powerful men and use their power. For instance Glenn Simpson is a key figure, but right there with him is his wife, Mary Jacoby: https://www.conservapedia.com/Mary_Jacoby

        There was a lot of focus on Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie Ohr is a Russia expert, who sent open source info to her husband, Bruce in the DOJ. I suspect if they trace her background and friends, there will be connections to other females like Mary Jacoby and Fiona Hill, and back to Hillary and her inner-circle of trusted female friends.

        Even Huma Abedin attached herself to Hillary, but she married Weiner, who at the time looked like he was going to be a power player in the Democratic Party.

        All along investigators look for electronic communication trails between these power player men in this scandal, but I suspect the real communications network was among the women.

  6. JK

    Finally got a day I (choose) can do something besides what Sharon would have me do – it’s rainy!

    Run this up to oh “about” the one hour mark at which point the conversation turns to that Danchenko stuff:

    • Thanks, JK, I’m going to watch it right now. I see they discuss Rittenhouse case too – saw the one “victim” testified he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse and that’s when Rittenhouse shot him… Kind of amazing testimony, but I’ll listen to the Danchenko part first.

  7. JK

    Hmmm LB. I seem to remember you being a person “interested” in connecting dots?

    Probably safe to skip (or skim) part 1 of this Alec Baldwin mystery series Right up your alley I think! (Just wait til you get the Part 3!)

    https://rumble.com/americasuntoldstories

    (There’s gonna be a part IV very quickly but I’m betting hootoob is gonna yank it from airtime very very quickly

    And guess who “seems to be” – however peripherally – connected?

    • I had absolutely zero interest in that Alec Baldwin thing, then you get me started on this, JK,,, I watched all three parts – and now can’t wait to see Part IV. These are some very strange dots, let’s just leave it there.

  8. JK

    Well LB, I’ll admit to, sorta kinda, figuring you’d call ’em ‘strange dots’ but I didn’t count on you going whole hog “very strange dots.”

    (I think what’s happened was all these videos originally aired on hootoob but then got “somebody’s dander up” (or something it would be polite to say) so then hootoob took ’em down – after a respectful grace period – at which point the vids re-appeared via Rumble.

    I’d probably advise watch it while you can!

  9. JK

    I can’t disagree with your analysis LB that the women, played “very significant” roles in all these goings-on, and continuing goings on.

    I recall very well, some (seemingly insignificant at the time) some post of yours explaining the differences “the hows & whys” the operational goings-on occur.

    I’ve learned much from you LB.

  10. JK

    There’s a comment (fourth for the moment) courtesy of ‘JohninMK’ which, if true, bodes “troubles” our way if the usual suspects at State are still playing their games.

    https://turcopolier.com/russian-federation-sitrep-11-november-2021-by-patrick-armstrong/

  11. JK

    I’m (faintly) familiar with this thesis from way back but as I get older the more sense it seems to make to me.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/

  12. JK

    Pay especial attention after the six minute mark (Rittenhouse trial)

    • JK

      As Turley alluded (above) “It depends on which media you’re watching.”

      • JK, It’s really nice to see so many people among the élite punditry class and some of the media finally realize how corrupt this spin information war is, especially with the powerful media orgs. This doesn’t just apply to liberal media, it goes with right-wing big media too, although liberal media has a much wider reach with controlling Hollywood, & other TV programming, plus now we have the enormously powerful social media platforms too. The only place right-wing voices have dominated has talk radio, thus the constant Dem whining & efforts to put more govt. controls in place.

        America is past the point, I warned about for year, where we are now reaching the point of having vast information voids created by news orgs main goal being to manipulate and control news coverage to propel partisan political agendas.

        Where the really serious problems will escalate is over the years our intel and military rely heavily of major news orgs for information, on which important decisions are made – same goes for our elected leaders. There’s absolutely no trustworthy source to vet information among the news orgs in America at this point and I expect this to get worse.

        For most of my lifetime we were always worrying about hostile foreign misinformation and disinformation operations and here we are with our own rabid powerful elites using media in America to fuel a vastly corrupt spin info war, to confuse and manipulate the American people.

        While many of these high-profile media people, probably are completely aware they’re lying through their teeth, unfortunately a lot likely aren’t aware. All it takes is getting sucked down a partisan spin rabbit hole or two, by trusting some big name “expert,” and once you believe those spin lies, it becomes much easier to believe more, but disturbingly, it becomes harder to find your way through all that fog of spin war and find your way to facts and seeing the truth.

        Rittenhouse case is another canary that choked to death in plain sight, but no one’s going to do a thing on either side, except double down on their spin war efforts.

  13. JK

    “While many of these high-profile media people, probably are completely aware they’re lying through their teeth, unfortunately a lot likely aren’t aware.”

    I think you’re onto something there LB. Remember … well John McCreary (Nightwatch) used to always be onto it, calling attention to the phenomena that only really became obvious to “the rest of us” (government & media too) of what’s called being in the pipes.

    And that being in the pipes was what DHS was originally set up to, mainly, address – ‘interagency & across-agencies’ [information sharing] insofar as *our homeland security was supposedly gonna get *fixed by.

    The problem of being “in a pipe” being – what’s mainly apparent (and I suppose it’s true for everybody and not just “media people”) Anyway when one is in a pipe just about all that’s readily apparent is constrained to those people in the pipe.

    Think of a pipe organ – you know like we used to see on tv whenever, for instance, some big doo dah, a statesman’s funeral or maybe a royal wedding or somesuch – anyway, there’s all these big lines of pipes lined up and each individual pipe is limited to only being able to produce a single tone. And for the music ‘to be able to happen’ all the pipes had to “cooperate” in an orderly fashion/progression.

    I think that’s where the word – cacophony may have come from … lemme see … “1650s, “harsh or unpleasant sound,” probably via French cacophonie (16c.), from a Latinized form of Greek kakophonia, from kakophonos “harsh sounding,” from kakos “bad, evil” (from PIE root *kakka- “to defecate”) + phone “voice, sound,” from PIE root *bha- (2) “to speak, tell, say.” Meaning “discordant sounds in music” is from 1789.”

    Yup – at least from since 1789.

    But the point is, so far as all these media (and intel agencies) are concerned there appears no “desire” to be playing from the same piece of music [composition if you will] With the result being “the greater society/public” is the poorer for it.

    Hard to win wars – nevermind hearts & minds – if all the pipes aren’t cooperating in coordination.

    Ain’t no way to run a nation.

    Sorry to go off on a tangent like this but I been reading a bunch of stuff along related lines – cargo ships clogging ports/supply lines bollixed up/oil pipelines being proposed to get shut down in the midst of what looks like a 80s style (Did somebody say ‘Call Jimmy Carter, we need help!’ lol) inflationary episode that ain’t gonna be at all helpful at gluing our increasingly splintering society anytime soon.

    It’s times like these that not having all the different media outlets yelling at each other would probably be of some help.

    • Interesting points here, JK.

      I saw Charles Murray harken to another behavior, Gell-Mann amnesia, that persists, especially it seems, among so many of our government people, from intel folks to elected leaders, to top military leaders. I had to google the term, ’cause I wasn’t familiar with it.

      Despite that “revered” news sources they trusted were rabidly #Resist orgs. like WaPo and the NYT. Of course, some of the slickest operators were people like Brennan and Clapper, top FBI officials, etc., who actively leaked false or deceptive information to the news media to fuel the #Resist efforts of which, it goes without saying, the Trump-Russia Collusion narrative was the biggest effort.

      As to your main point, being it “Ain’t no way to run a nation,” that has been my concern since 1998, when I inadvertently stepped into the Clinton scorched earth impeachment spin effort. Ever since that, I have been committed to exposing and defeating this corrupt spin info war, that has spread to the entire Democratic Party and Trump embraced it as a means of “fighting” the liberals.

      At this point though, the media corruption has become so blatant that many people see how corrupt this spin info war is, although unfortunately most people make a binary choice that’s as awful as choosing Trump vs. Hillary or Trump vs. Biden. They invariably turn to right-wing media, if they distrust left-wing media and vice versa, when the truth is both left and right leaning news has become thoroughly corrupted by the spin war. And the major news pundit celebs. on the cable networks are all partisan hacks – that’s why they’re there, especially in primetime. There’s no real difference between Maddow’s hackery and Ingraham’s hackery.

      Where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, is how devastating this politicization of our intel and military will likely be as this spin war continues to escalate.

      Unfortunately, there are plenty of the smart set, on both sides, who believe that “if we only do X.Y.Z with our spin messaging effort we will win the spin war.”

      There won’t be any winners in this spin war, except America’s foreign adversaries. For America and Americans the spin war only leads in one direction and that is a collapse of the system (which some leftist radicals have dreamed of for decades) and our nation becoming totally ungovernable. Sorry for the doom and gloomies here, JK.

      • JK

        Nope. “No winners.”

        I’m in the process of telling my Grandkids – hell even my Kids! – how “Free” we were back at some point (I’m not yet settled on when that was exactly but near as I can tell it was aroundabouts Clinton’s NAFTA – but then again Nixon was the guy who “opened China” So I haven’t been able to settle upon an exact *moment in my own mind yet – I do know I experienced Peak America! but I’ve yet to figure [for myself] a reasonable period [moment] when that was “decided.”

        And it’s just too damn bad my Grandkids (my Kids [lol!] perhaps for another reason) are not gonna have a clue as to what I’m talking about.

      • I haven’t pinpointed exactly when, either, JK. The West, not just the US, is on a strange trajectory… just today Austria: https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/14/europe/austria-lockdown-unvaccinated-intl/index.html

    • Thanks, JK. I hadn’t watched Part 4, so attempted that twice and fell asleep – they were yammering about the finances with that movie and money talk stuff makes my eyes glaze over. going to try Part 5 today. This Mark Groubert guy sure digs up a lot of fascinating information.

  14. JK

    On the offchance you might miss this LB – and truly I figured Mark only good for one post on the current goings-on:

    https://havechanged.blogspot.com/2021/11/dossier-or-dossiers.html

  15. JK

    Not guilty on all counts. Unanimous decision!

    • JK, I have harped on for years about this corrupt Dem/media spin war, but they literally tried to convict this kid in their court of “public opinion,” framing this kid as a “white supremacist.” Although Rittenhouse has lawyers who will probably sue major media and perhaps even some top Dem elected officials, this spin war shows no signs of slowing down. This kid should never have been charged in the first place.

      And now that big corporate media has spent weeks hyping the trial and doing everything they can to incite more rage, there are BLM and other far-left groups poised to protest (riot) and there will be plenty of people riled by the media hype, who might rush to join in.

      • JK

        I know LB. As usual the usual suspects made much of the argument ADA Krause made about “Why didn’t he just rely on your fists – I remind you all these people were unarmed!”

        Trying to bring to their attention (in comments) I found my comment[s] supremely un-appreciated. And the doggonedest thing was I didn’t actually use any verbiage whatsoever – just a simple link to wit:

        https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8.xls

        ‘Compare & contrast the numbers of victims of rifles, hands/fists/feet, and blunt objects (skateboards presumably being blunt).’

        *Generally the longest that comment stayed up was less than 12 minutes.

      • JK

        ” there are [groups] poised to [mostly peacefully] protest who might rush in.”

        Well rioting, however mostly peacefully in Kenosha over the next few days and/or nights! appears to me to be a whole ‘nother prospect than it was then:

        https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Kenosha&state=WI&site=MKX&textField1=42.5841&textField2=-87.8545&e=0

        Far more safe to handle Molotov Cocktails while dressed in t-shirts than it will to be dressed in woolies and fleece – big corporate media’s inciting notwithstanding.

        Looks like Nick Sandmann’s lawyer (Covington kids – Robert Barnes) is already retained to wreak some havoc those corporate media types did not see coming. Although they should have.

  16. JK

    In case you do a post LB, I thought to maybe bring to your attention (hoping I could find a quite short video but …) Yes I admit I was very closely watching the trial. But anyway here’s what I was alluding to:

    “What you don’t do is you don’t bring a gun to a fistfight,” Binger said.

    https://www.thewrap.com/kyle-rittenhouse-trial-road-house-image/

  17. JK

    Hoo boy LB! I’m glad I don’t have a tweeter account – from the looks of what I can see now that place must be a madhouse!

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/11/leftist-meltdown-over-rittenhouse-not-guilty-verdict/

    • I’m so disgusted with the blue checkmark Twitter crowd, which creates most of the media spin hysteria.

      • JK

        Don’t know LB whether I’d agree the blue checkmarks do most however I do think they’re more effective. In other words, Team Red might get riled up some but they seem to be the types who mostly carry along lawn chairs and pick their trash up.

        Team Blue on the other hand, if there’s any lawn chairs around those will be set alight but at least whatever city’s sanitation crew is on standby for the aftermath, they can expect overtime pay. At union payscale rate.

        The “spin making” efforts however seems to me to be about 50/50.

      • So true about the two “teams,” JK.

  18. JK

    You know LB how many times I’ve expressed admiration of Taibbi’s journalism?

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/11/russia-hoax-whitewash-era-begins.php

    (Oh. And thanks for keeping my last comment just between the two of us!)

  19. JK

    I wish for you LB, a Happy Thanksgiving. And I hope for you loved ones around. These times a year it’s very important you’re mixed in.

  20. JK

    Came this close (fingertips so near whether a sheet of paper would slide through … ?) to putting this one on your current post.

    Backstory is I’d always and ever cooked turkeys in a tub of hot peanut oil – whether over an open fire, a propane burner, whatever. Then in ’02 after my injury didn’t bother trying to cook another until 2011 – problem then was being in the apartment complex [ice storm place remember] Anyway I was hitting up everybody and his sister I knew (that I thought reliable) for “How do I do this in a electric oven?”

    Then somebody emailed me this:

    Not gonna do no coconut cream pies though nosiree. Heck no!

    • Omg, JK, that’s hilarious and exactly how I felt today, except I don’t drink, lol. Looking at the amount of leftovers though, I sure felt like drinking. For years I’ve used one of those counter top electric roaster ovens for the turkey, so my oven is free for sides.

      I’m pretty sure I’m done with turkey for Thanksgiving. As you might have noticed I have a hard time with change – 41 years, counting this year, making turkey, which I don’t even like…

  21. JK

    Don’t know LB, whether you set aside time to watch Alec and George the other night – heh heh – But, because I figure you may’ve missed it …

    https://rumble.com/vq6t4b-alec-baldwin-and-the-rust-tragedy-part-7-the-alibi.html

    It is very interesting though I must say

  22. JK

    You know LB awhile back, but not so long ago I was rambling on about how our generation would be the last to have experienced “Peak America” then, going on that I couldn’t put my finger on exactly when it was everything started downhill. I recall mentioning possibly Nixon’s opening China but the plain fact of the matter on that is, the way ‘all things China’s worked out ultimately to this point doesn’t mean it was inevitable that it went the way that it did – after all at the point China was at most a fourth rate slum. Heck Viet Nam (shortly after ridding themselves of us!) had China invade it and look how that turned out!

    But then I’m (sadly) reminded there was a Bob Dole and I think that settled the matter of timing for me. His losing his ’96[?] Potus campaign was the death knell of Peak America.

    All downhill from that moment on.

    • I haven’t felt like blogging lately, JK – dealing with some medical stuff right now. I am still trying to follow the spin war a bit, which still poses more of a threat to America than even China, I believe. If we can’t unite America on anything or even have any news reporting where the left and right trust the veracity of the news orgs., we’re pretty much doomed. All of our govt., intel, military and even police orgs rely way too heavily on news organization for information. Although I’m sick to death of even saying the words “spin info war,” that’s what propels the American news, American politics and most of our security information assessments.

      Another weird event over the weekend in DC occurred – that Patriot Front march, where the marchers all wore khaki pants and had their faces covered. The liberal media identified and amplified this group as some far-right extremists, but the whole thing smelled like another Dem. false flag operation. Some new Twitter account was the first to amplify this march, then the Trumper Twitter commandos started caterwauling that the march was a FBI operation, but the thing is I have no idea what all was going on. I’m only sure this smells peculiar.

      Some Twitter account ran this thread – don’t know anything about this account either: https://twitter.com/jarvis_best/status/1467586508269899777

      I suspect how fast the liberal media backs away from this Patriot Front march story will be a good indication of whether it was a real right-wing extremist march or something other than as advertised.

      The FBI should be concerned that a sizable portion of the political right no longer trusts the FBI. Everyone should have been alarmed about that corrupt Dem operation in the Moore AL senate race where Dem operatives worked with some big Silicon Valley execs. to field fake Russian bots that were supporting Moore, then Dems & liberal media spun up that Moore had Russian support. Instead, a couple of those execs. apologized, claimed they had no knowledge of the details of the operation and the liberal media zoomed past that story.

      There should be an investigation into this march to get to the bottom of what was going on. Way back in the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, a conservative writer at The Federalist, Stella Morabito, wrote on her blog about how paid “activists” for both sides traveled on the same buses to Charlottesville and were just paid street performers really. With this march over the weekend, the protesters arrived in U-Hauls…

      • JK

        “The liberal media identified and amplified this group as some far-right extremists, but the whole thing smelled like another Dem. false flag operation. [..] The FBI should be concerned that a sizable portion of [alot of people] no longer trusts the FBI.”

        Holy shades of a grand conspiracy plot Batman! (Or, simply, a Grand Bumbling ala ‘the Kidnap Governor Whitmer’ op/plot’)

        https://amgreatness.com/2021/11/18/durham-investigation-intrigue-sergei-millian-an-fbi-plant/

        I sincerely hope LB your ‘medical stuff’ resolves in your favor. We’re all well here although the move is proceeding slower than Sharon and I had hoped – pretty much all our stuff is out of storage and into the house but the big issue at present is the funding for all the moving parts (pun unintended).

  23. JK

    Gosh. It just dawned on me what the date is.

  24. JK

    Just reporting LB …

    • Thanks for that JK. I still don’t know what to make of this march, but the instantaneous dismissal of it as being legit by many prominent right-wingers on Twitter led to the usual liberal media Twitter spin crowd to back away from this story quickly.

      Then on Monday, WaPo, tried a different angle: “A white supremacist march in D.C. was pushed by a fake Twitter account, experts say”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/12/06/white-supremacist-dc-march-patriot-front/

      I still don’t know what to think about this march, but something is very bizarre about, not only the march, but the liberal media spin behavior – like they were not expecting the strong right-wing reaction dismissing the liberal media march narrative completely.

      • This fake account that was supposedly the Twitter amplifier for the Patriot Front march reminded me of the Covington video – with the false narrative and all the signs that account, @2020fight, that amplified that video, was a fake account. Seriously, that fake account was called @2020fight… lol. That account used a photo of a Brazilian blogger, then Twitter’s so-called investigation supposedly determined the account belonged to just some San Francisco school teacher. I don’t believe that for a minute. Twitter, I strongly suspect, aided Dem operatives in making that account (and the story) go away.

  25. JK

    Just to let you know LB. We’re all fine. Mom at her house, unaffected.

    Ours, though structurally unaffected where did all those boxes we had for the trash pickup guys go?!!! (and this morning our dog is treating us with a very accusing look “Hey you two humans; first night in this place and this is what you treat me to? And oh by the way JK, didn’t I tell you your Mom needed protected?!!!”

    But still – we (all) nearabouts were Mightily blessed – sounded & fury-ed awful bad here but thanks be for our mountains. Those poor folks down east of us in the flat parts (delta) though don’t look like, made out so well.

  26. JK

    Oops Part II

    https://malcolmpollack.com/2021/12/22/openvaers/

    (Do, of course take a look at his previous post.)

    • JK, one of my sons got 2 Pfizer shots and he got very sick with both shots. He said he isn’t getting a booster. I’m diabetic, so I opted for two shots (Moderna) and the booster, but the 2 shots lasted 6 month and now they’re saying the booster might last 10 weeks. I am not inclined to get another booster in 10 weeks,

  27. JK

    Of the 11 of my (relatively for the greater number but I am around ’em all quite frequently) *close friends who’ve decided the [Pfizer/Moderna/J&J] vaxxes were in their best interests, all but one declare “Ain’t taken no more!” for various reasons (one of the reasons I might add is that three of ’em are now dead – all in their early 70s, but I’d also add none of those had any previous diagnosis of any of the *public/media acknowledged comorbidities.

    My closest two friends say some version of ‘I haven’t felt well for two consecutive days since I took the ones *they told me that’d be all the vaccinations I’d have to take so why should I trust what they’re telling me now” – (neither are saying it like a question rather a declarative sentence thus I’m not ending this sentence as a interrogatory rather a period.

    I *lucked out myself – owing to most of my 100% rating being a previous chem exposure affecting my pulmonary system *they said “too much risk” (plus at the time, before the vaccines were widely available the antibody had showed up in my lab tests) so I guess I lucked out.

    This link may not open for you but there’s a couple precautions I’d recommend as I’ve been doing ’em ever since Tom Cotton made the first public announcement (back when all the media were focused on impeachment!) Anyway I’ve been taking 6000 IUs of D3 and 40 mgs zinc and doing the gargle thing like it says here:

    Click to access FLCCC-Alliance-I-MASKplus-Protocol-ENGLISH.pdf

    I WILL NOT go so far as to proselytize that stuff but I would point out that I’ve been around alot of *supposedly active covid cases – ‘supposedly’ because they’d all tested positive and were in various stages of quarantine whether they had (or were exhibiting) any of the ballyhooed symptoms. I would add I don’t go anywhere near any of the covid wings any of the medical facilities I’ve had to visit for other stuff – colonoscopy & prostate stuff (LOL [I guess] the WuFlu ain’t interested in any of my lower parts!)

    Now having typed all that it may seem I’m saying some version of “it’s a hoax” but actually I ain’t saying that at all – it’s real alright the only real question – in my mind – is origin and why have a bunch of unelected bureaucrats been given the power to wreck so much stuff?

    And as it’s you LB rather than some other blogger I don’t suppose I have to ask but I’ll type it anyway – Why has the media been so enthusiastically complicit?

    • I replied to this comment yesterday JK, but I must say the effort to silence opposing views, with Twitter suspending Dr. Malone’s account backfired miserably. Joe Rogan’s interview has been buzzing all over Twitter and there are video clips and threads galore about the interview.

  28. Well, JK, To answer your question first, as you know, my blog has been filled with me rambling on about the Dem/liberal media spin war & while I’m glad more and more people are waking up to that corruption, Trump has only tried to create a corrupt right-wing media to compete with the Dems. That’s the problem – so many people on the right are invested in using the same corrupt spin war tactics and none of that is good for America writ large. My biggest fear was that even the US military would become engulfed in the culture war crap too and that’s already well underway.

    I’m disturbed with how the social media platforms became just another arm of the Democratic Party’s spin war machine, just like almost of all the “mainstream” media. The social media platforms started that banning for “misinformation” with “Russian mis and disinformation” to fuel the “Trump/Russia” spin crap and then with Covid it escalated to banning people who had differing opinions. It’s amazing how easily they can silence people and on top of that these big tech giants work to thwart new platforms.

    With Covid, my other son didn’t get sick from the vaccine shots & booster, but he did get Covid not that long after the booster. My oldest daughter tested positive for Covid this past week, mild cold symptoms – also vaxxed and boosted. I didn’t feel well a few days this past week – a little bit of fever one day and cold symptoms – nothing major. I have the luxury right now of just staying at home away from people and that’s what I did. Plus with all my prepping stuff – I have plenty of food, my medications and necessities.

    I have taken Vitamin D for years, have C here & should start taking that again and I might add zinc too. I clear all my supplements with my primary care, because I’m diabetic and on several prescription meds.

    I’m truly not schooled in science, JK, but every vaccine pronouncement by our illustrious health officials in Washington has turned out to be wrong and on their social experimentation with “mitigation,” well they’ve been making it up as they go & it’s all driven by politics. Just sick of all of Covid drama and don’t trust anything “the experts” say at this point. And in the beginning, I was overly trusting and all for doing this stuff for two weeks to “Slow the Spread” and then it became obvious that these extreme measures were just power grabs.

    What’s bizarre is watching the news from other countries, where they keep reverting to mitigation stuff that has nothing to do with science. Spain & Portugal (maybe some more countries now) went to masking outside again… It’s like these crazy health experts & political leaders all go into panic mode. China’s got an entire province locked down, although about a week ago they officially said they only had 9 Covid cases in the entire country, lol.

    There’s some crazy crap on Twitter with “experts,” especially I’ve noticed with many liberal doctors and epidemiologists. Yesterday, a female epidemiologist was asked about a N95 type mask not fitting her child snugly enough around the nose. This expert advised the parent to tape the mask on the kid. Another female doctor tweeted that she and her family were not leaving the house – ordering all groceries delivered, no visitors and her kids can’t visit anyone or go outside. These behaviors are fear-driven batshit crazy, imo. Most people around here just go about their daily lives with none of this craziness. I still see a lot of people who wear masks in the grocery store, but more and more don’t.

    Read this Twitter thread and I think this professor is onto the class divide with all of this: https://twitter.com/ScoLatham/status/1476637010727161867

    • I listened to almost an hour, JK, and got tired, plus I saw a lot of video clips on Twitter. I’m pretty much worn out with podcasts and the Covid insanity right now.

      I have been wondering why the “experts” talked down every possible treatment from the beginning, so by the time they Dem/liberal media spin effort reached casting ivermectin as horse laxative, despite reading other countries were using it, I felt like there’s a concerted effort to discourage some treatment options that aren’t big moneymakers for large drug companies.

      And with the push for vaccines – governments and big multinational orgs. have invested massive amounts of money into funding and buying vaccines, so they can’t admit they don’t work as advertised – stopping the spread. Sure, it’s huge benefit if the vaccines lead to milder symptoms, but people should be able to weigh the risks vs. benefits and it differs from person to person. Plus, it’s obvious there’s been an effort to silence and downplay any reports of side effects or adverse reactions.

      Malone raises some interesting points, but the effort to silence him raises even more interesting ones.

  29. JK

    I see you’ve been busy since last I commented. It would appear LB my Friend you’re beginning to get close to being about as worried/concerned about our “Representative” Republic as I (and … well perhaps not so surprisingly to such as yourself … Brett Weinstein. & Others some prominent some not) am so increasingly.

    It’ll likely be awhile before I can get back here (we been having scads and scads of “unexpected” snow & at those times I simply stay off the roads – plus we’re still in the process [!] of getting moved in)

    At any rate LB. Keep your head up and be *prepped as you figure I probably am (meaning: not going overboard nor ‘falling for the current USG fear porn’).

    Honestly LB, I’m kinda worried about people not so fortunate as to be … well first probably, living in the Ozarks (LOL – I usta think “a great many” people hereabouts were absolutely nuts but now where I think “the great many nuts” are is …) Secondly, but generally speaking (which is very important!) political affiliation is something that just simply hardly ever comes up in our day to day affairs. And actually, 99.5% of those who do make some point about bringing up their political affiliation totally comprehend they’re in that minuscule 00.5% group who most of us be us D or R (or more often I like myself) don’t really think about very much.

    Not meaning that – if I drove past one of them in the ditch I wouldn’t stop to help ’em as I could nor, for that matter, that that 00.5% wouldn’t, if they saw me stuck in the ditch, stop and help me. God I love living in a …

    Take care of you & yours LB

  30. JK

    Remembered I’d earlier happened acoss this – I’ve seen some really relly hysterical blogging on the subject today:

    https://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2022/01/when-youre-stupider-than-bag-of-bidens.html

    Same as when I say ‘Don’t fall for the government fear porn’ don’t fall for this kinda crap either.

  31. JK

    Barnes doesn’t come onto the podcast until ‘about’ the 20 minute mark but then it gets quickly into gear. Then at about the 45 minute mark a subject (albeit particular to Canada) comes sharp into focus.

    I’m only onto about the 50 minute mark now (because we’ve got icy precipitation due “pretty soon” and I intend to be home as soon as the radar shows its getting uncomfortably close to me)

    At any rate I figured this was about the best thing/site I could catch to help me get up to speed on alot of stuff, I’m guessing you will find it helpful too.

    https://rumble.com/vspjr2-ep.-96-scotus-baldwin-rogan-canadia-djokovic-and-more-viva-and-barnes-live.html

    I’ll get back to you asap LB. I can’t take time now – but I will – to check your Federalist piece out for now.

    Weather’s been very very “problematic” recently!

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