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

    On (about) the 3rd or 4th tip the guy mentions “peat moss” – my thinking on that, it’s a bad idea; peat moss is anaerobic. For an example of what an anaerobic soil environment is capable of:

    https://sustainable-nano.com/2018/10/31/bog-bodies/

    But otherwise, for any who might be motivated toward doing similar to the Provident Prepper couple, this is a pretty good helper for the beginner:

  2. JK

    I’m only 30 minutes in but this is, so far, an excellent analytical conversation. (It’s bookmarked ’cause I got to get home and wash the dishes I promised Sharon I’d have done before dinner preparation tonight)

    https://rumble.com/vecgw3-viva-and-barnes-live-with-dave-rubin.html

  3. JK

    A site LB you might find of interest and usefully informative:

    https://www.dirtdoctor.com/

    He’s authored some books but at this point buying his sort of books is too late. Organic [for *regular folks] takes too long. Better to have Amish neighbors.

  4. JK

    Just happened upon ‘a read’ I figure, might well be right up your alley. And don’t overlook the comments:

    https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2022/04/06/small-things-to-do-before-the-world-descends-into-hell/

    Hope you’re well – here, tolerably well.

    Unseasonably cold though.

  5. JK

    A Gigantous grain of salt is in order on this one.

    I have yet to research this *reporting outfit.

    https://tuzarapost.substack.com/p/total-news-blackout-us-general-commanding?s=r

    Purported staff:

    https://www.veteranstoday.com/editorial-board/

  6. JK

    I’m [nearly] certain you’ve seen these reports LB, and though I’d seen others – nearly all simply crowing or otherwise I figured this site would be the more worthy commentary:

    https://turcopolier.com/in-outcome-of-whitmer-case-some-see-freedom-others-danger-ttg/

  7. JK

    Almost posted this to your current post LB

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-manure-is-hot-commodity-amid-commercial-fertilizer-shortage-2022-04-06/

    But I “ended up” [get it lol?] reckoning it’d just as well be posted to this thread …

  8. JK

    Though, as you’re well aware, I don’t do Tweeter I’d still be keen to read what a neutral observer opinions on this subject are.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/musks-offer-twitter-leaves-liberals-reeling-washington-post-writer-sees-censorship-essential-democracy/#ixzz7QWscLWfu

  9. JK

    Not alot of people, it would appear to me LB, seem to “like” this Russell Brand fellow right out the gate. However, given what the guy is saying (as a corollary to what Brett & Heather had to say about what Elon Musk [appears, maybe] is doing I’m, pretty sure, you’ll recognize the endpoint
    is the same. Control.

    (I have a Prime account.)

  10. JK

    Oh. My. God!

    “Peter Doocy reported on FOX News that under the bunny suit was Biden’s press wrangler — the lady who shoos reporters away from the president when their time is up with shouts of “thank you, thank you.”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/04/saved-by-the-bunny.php

  11. JK

    This site has over a thousand articles with detailed information on specific topics pertaining to food and medical preparedness. Type a keyword in the search box on the right to learn about water purification, long term food storage, how to use oxygen absorbers and mylar bags, how to obtain antibiotics, and so much more.

    https://prepschooldaily.blogspot.com/

  12. JK

    Push this one up to the 23:00 minute mark and stay with it at least until it gets up to, oh about the 43:00 minute mark:

    “Velly interesting” as the ol’ Laugh In character used to say.

  13. JK

    Well I suppose we [may] soon see …

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/04/reports-twitter-sale-imminent.php

    The proof, so they say, is in the pudding.

  14. JK

    Good, timely post. I sure hope I’m not your only reader.

    Though you didn’t put it at all like I might’ve you came pretty close.

    The media seems to be trying to scare all of us witless – and I use the term “witless” very deliberately. (Now here, most likely for my first time I’m gonna include the term bloggers – qualified LB, there are indeed bloggers such as yourself – but, bloggers are media too.)

    People need to keep their wits about themselves and their situation[s]. Losing one’s head doesn’t help anybody.

    • “People need to keep their wits about themselves and their situation[s]. Losing one’s head doesn’t help anybody.”

      It’s looking like there are plenty of right-wing Food Shortage hysterics going off the alarmist deep-end just like the left-wing Covid hysterics went looney-tunes. Only difference is the right-wing ones are rushing around stocking their own homes, while the left-wing ones wanted low-wage delivery people to drop off food and supplies on their doorstep, while abiding by “no-contact” delivery guidelines. Never a shortage of CRAZY in America.

      • JK

        Pressed for time just at the moment – and actually I think I already mentioned this Howard Garret guy (the Dirt Doctor – totally organic-leaning fellow) But just now read your two most current posts and “think” some of what you’re experiencing in your starters is – well I figure you already realize – fungus.

        Here every Sunday I listen to Howard’s radio show, but I’ve since found he’s got a yootoob channel:

        https://www.youtube.com/user/dirtdoctortv

        So far as potato growing is concerned LB – unknowledgeable as I am exactly the specifics of your local climate : any “local” gardeners you can get with[?] – Anyways my eldest’s [daughter] Mom clued me into forming (here known as ‘web-wire’) a “tube” of the stuff staked to the ground [six inch tent pegs ok] then, forming a sort of like ‘bird’s nest’ direct on the ground maybe 10″ in height, laying atop of that 3 of whatever’s locally grown ‘eyed potatoes’ then oh say every upper 8″ layer of – I use just regular ol’ hay which around here generally is bermuda or fescue – the ol’ timey “square bales” [actually rectangular dry weighed at maybe 60 lbs – definitely NOT those maybe 1000[?!] pound round bales Anyway every 8″ or so ‘nest’ you make lay on a layer of two or so ‘eyed taters’ until you’ve got to a level of web wire bare which you then top off with whatever hay you’ve used.

        (The “planted” eyes being positioned so to get sun just enough so to put up leaves but the ‘production’ bits into the middle of the tube.)

        “Web wire” is the sort of fencing stuff that’s oh, 4 maybe 5 inches by maybe 8 to 10 inch rectangular shaped interweaves[?] Here we use it for goats, sheep, definitely porcine type critters (barbed wired for cattle and horses) … Pretty sure you get what I’m meaning.

        Mr. Garret’s latitude is reasonably close to mine [zone 8] so about all I have to adjust for is planting time – However your proximity to the sea & elevation gives me pause to advise ‘you should do’ anything.

        *Harvest time for taters is after the leaves thorougly wilt and are laid “down” – reach into the lowermost “nest” of the tube and judge for yourself.

  15. JK

    Thanks for the post. Expanded just enough (for me) to connect together much of the other stuff you’ve written on the subject in past posts and comments.

    Much as I “dislike” Wiki … sometimes its entries – when heh, “gold-mining” – can be helpful too:

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

    And now comes word – though I rather doubt the denizens of DC will recognize the irony (Orwell’s Ministry of Truth anyone?).

    And what’cha wanna bet that, even though a R may take the White House next time ’round this *department doesn’t get shut down but rather – and highly likely in my estimation – put on steroids!

    https://amgreatness.com/2022/04/27/bidens-dhs-sets-up-orwellian-disinformation-governance-board/

    DHS was after all – set up under the “caring eye” of Republican President George W. Thus: the irony.

    • Everything I wrote about what happened to me in 1998 is the truth and I’ll expand a few things. What drives me with exposing the spin war corruption was not just a drive for justice for what happened to me.

      At this late date, statute of limitations make that a lost cause and I’ve always suspected the the main driver behind what happened to me has always been beyond the reach of the law. She was the two-for-the-price-of-one… “co-president” and beyond the rule of law.

      It was the corrupting the military chain of command (turning soldier against soldier) and feeding false information to that retired general that I have felt needs to be exposed. Where we’re at now with the levels of corruption, that winning by any means possible, scorched earth spin war, both parties are totally corrupted and most of our vital apolitical institutions, likewise are now just partisan tools to attack political adversaries and solidify power grabs.

      The Constitution is an afterthought and just a rhetorical device used by the political elite to con gullible Americans in both parties. Our news media eco-system, all-around, is thoroughly corrupt too – looking to generate revenue, clicks online and ramp up drama to keep Americans raging at the “other side,” invested and tuning in to the constant political soap opera.

      • JK

        There’s no doubt whatsoever I have LB that what’s revealed by Mhere is the absolute truth.

        “both parties are totally corrupted”

        It’s taken me awhile but I’ve [finally] concluded that where DC is concerned there’s really only one party. Sure *they all put on a really good show that the audience eats up (and as I’m also coming to view it the plural ‘audiences’ isn’t really effectively accurate – so far as DC is concerned … &/+ and its operators, flag officers you’ll recall when rising above the colonel level [commander for the Navy] to general/admiral must be confirmed by the Senate before pinning on that first star).

        (*Our Ukraine policy being a prime example – All of DC supports getting rid of *our used up/worn out stocks of “defense” equipment : eg nobody is really making much of a big show of how we got rid of the stuff that’s made the Taliban the third leading and equipped power on the sub-continent – India & Pakistan having nukes only nominally placing those countries in the #1 & #2 spots. Sure there’s “noisome debates” but anybody paying attention can only reach the same conclusion – War is good for the Beltway!)

        “The Constitution is an afterthought and just a rhetorical device used by the political elite to con gullible Americans in both parties.”

        Yep.

  16. JK

    Missed that Amish post (Darkhorse) you had up. I’d actually been pointed to that yootoob vid of how the Amish handled covid – “our” local Amish community handled it the same way (interesting tidbit – tho’ at my Feb 2020 VA appointment I’d been told my labs showed I had the antibodies when the vaccines did later become available there was much pressure to take one: But because I’d been inspired by the example my friend Rueben provided me I demurred then and so to today. Of course it’s a personal decision (or should be!) and so it’s not my place to *judge how anybody else reached theirs. I missed Brett and Heather finding the same video.

    ***

    Now that outta the way I’ll get to the matter of how I come to be adding to my ranting eg what the heck we’re doing viz Ukraine now. Of course you’re all too familiar with my railing against what I figured to be inevitable as far back as 2014 (Poor you LB – Sorry!)

    It occurred to me *somehow last night that the seeds that seemed to suddenly burst forth on the place from the Clinton State Department [V. Nuland] actually were maybe planted way earlier. Then I remember what P.J. O’Rourke (God I miss his writing) had to say about a nearby place – I’ll post the link because I think, having read it today it’s still timely. Where it appeared first no longer available so that’s why I went with the Wash Ex site:

    “If we do have morals, where were they while Bosnians were slaughtered? And where were we while Clinton dithered over the massacres in Kosovo and decided, at last, to send the Serbs a message: Mess with the United States and we’ll wait six months, then bomb the country next to you.”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/weekly-standard/we-blew-it

    Finally another person’s viewpoint – here’s that person’s bona fides:

    Jacques Baud is a former colonel of the General Staff, ex-member of the Swiss strategic intelligence, specialist on Eastern countries. He was trained in the American and British intelligence services. He has served as Policy Chief for United Nations Peace Operations. As a UN expert on rule of law and security institutions, he designed and led the first multidimensional UN intelligence unit in the Sudan. He has worked for the African Union and was for 5 years responsible for the fight, at NATO, against the proliferation of small arms. He was involved in discussions with the highest Russian military and intelligence officials just after the fall of the USSR. Within NATO, he followed the 2014 Ukrainian crisis and later participated in programs to assist the Ukraine.

    And what he had to say about it:

    https://www.thepostil.com/the-military-situation-in-the-ukraine/

    Okay LB, I’m done. I won’t ever again bring up the subject. Too late now anyway. Hesitate before you think about asking me any questions lol!

    • Despite misgivings about the Ukraine situation – it all comes back to Putin launched a full-scale invasion and all the backstory and mistakes of American Ukraine policy don’t negate that I firmly believe Russia and China were planning a major economic war to cripple the West. I expected more economic warfare before either making a military move like Putin made. Regardless, how much I detest the Biden foreign policy and much of what comes out of our western allies, I still think it’s vital for the West’s survival to counter Russian and Chinese aggression.

      Of course, the Biden clown show still tries to continue the double-dealing with Iran, with Russia energy deals and especially with all the economic dealings with China too.

      A lot of people in the Pentagon strategic inner-circle now have latched onto trying to hobble the Russian Army as much as possible by throwing everything the West can muster into this proxy war effort.

      I’m always wary of strategies that buy into quick short-cuts as leading to long-term strategic success. Our strategic thinkers, by nature in America, lack strategic patience and it’s an American cultural habit to go for faster and seek quick solutions rather than looking down the road or developing long-term strategic aims.

      I don’t have the energy to follow all the Ukraine happenings closely right now. I’m not even following the Twitter crap closely lately either.

      My youngest sister told me recently that she remembers how I was the one telling her and my husband that Reagan arming the mujahedeen would likely lead to problems further down the road. I’m not a believer in arming small countries to the teeth, even less “rebel” groups, and that Cold War mentality has not served us or the world well really. The arms race, across the board,(not just nukes), leads to more war and conflict, not less has always been my belief.

      • JK

        Can’t disagree to your main points so it appears we’ve “solved” that pressing issue [lol].

        Just read your latest. Pretty good. Seems you and Russell Brand share some (surprisingly!) views – perhaps (unsurprisingly) me too!

        Now when you [if you] click on that you’ll likely maybe leap to the conclusion it’s all to do with Trump – Not So! (You reckon this Brand fellow is reading here now?)

      • “(You reckon this Brand fellow is reading here now?)”

        Absolutely not. I barely have any views on my blog – WordPress shows me stats daily. My blog is a very remote spot on the internet.

  17. JK

    We’ll soon see whether there’s two systems of Justice in the United States:

    https://lawofselfdefense.com/the-hunt-for-red-manslaughter-alec-baldwins-damning-police-interview/

    (There’s a little glitch at about the 20 minute mark but patience, it’ll quickly recover.)

  18. JK

    Something in Branca’s analysis nagged at me LB, something I definitely remembered reading/hearing but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but then, today remembering a site that’d been covering the minutiae of the scene of the crime sparked the memory.

    And voila, a mere 15 minutes of this:

    https://rumble.com/v12jcw9-alec-baldwin-and-the-rust-tragedy-part-19-treasure-trove-of-evidence.html

  19. JK

    Just a lil’ ol’ fyi LB.

    Back when I was running the Branson shop of a “biggish” electrical construction company outta Oklahoma … lemme see …

    Hmmm, for some reason their site – I know it’s stormy out thatta way at the moment but

    https://colburnelectric.com

    Anyway. For instance I had at one time 279 employees my staff did the payroll for but ordinarily we ran around 100 or so –

    Anyway my point is I became acquainted with a number of professions and professionals (including for this examples purpose – arson investigators) Industrial fires are a whole lot more common than most people think. And, in too too many instances companies “maintenance people” are not, by any stretch of the imagination, actually electricians. Come to think of it where “food production facilities” are concerned it was, in my experience, when a “actual professional” was employed by a food production facility close on 85+% of ’em were more likely to be plumbers than any other of the trades – the reasons for that ought be obvious.

    And I only came across two food plants (out of around 200 or so I sent people to) that had a dedicated firefighting department.

    • JK

      More often than not these sorts of thing don’t occur (providing the power panel was built and maintained professionally) at the panel but rather at or around an electrically powered motor – and there’s lots of electrical motors in a food processing site – think conveyor belts:

      • JK

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

        One thing I strongly suspect is happening in these of recent vintage LB, is that post-covid; a lot a lot of experienced employees are/have not – for whatever reason – returned to work.

        So there’s a perfect storm of totally unqualified people in very hazardous conditions. But that by no means, means it’s “of a purpose” ie, a grand conspiracy.

      • Well, JK, I haven’t studied the statistics on military aircraft crashes in training environments, but it has seemed like a whole lot of crashes in the past year and I’ve suspected a whole lot less flight time in training since COVID. My first thought was lack of experience, not a big conspiracy.

  20. JK

    On that LB, me neither. Oh sure I’ve read on mil sites – remember I haven’t watched any tv in years – some number of incidents (but whether the numbers are actually “above normal” I really can’t say. Though I have noted some seemingly significant number I’m *familiar with occurred in proximity to far less than optimal weather conditions thus, as you put it on your most current I too would only go so far to say …

    I await the investigation[s].

  21. JK

    LB?

    See if you can run this down? Meanwhile I’ll try from my end.

    https://newspunch.com/amish-farmer-gets-prison-sentence-for-processing-his-own-meat/

    Seems some kind of “weird” to me.

  22. JK

    Heh. I’m still using a flip. Not even any internet capability.

    My nephews refer to me as their “dinosaur uncle.”

    ***

    I noticed after the first time I clicked on that Food Safety link *they added some text at the top saying in effect ‘This is under review at DoJ’ or somesuch. Ordinarily I probably in times past would’ve emailed a rep in dc (my district guy is seniorish on the Ag committee) and asked ‘Wat the heck?’

    But I decided after all the turmoil that roiled the place after the last election cycle it’d likely be the safest thing in my personal world to just keep my head down and be invisible!

    • Being the gray man, as the preppers talk about, is probably safest. There seem to be as many kooks among the right echo-chamber on the internet as there are on the left. I manage to piss off people, right and left, it seems, so I mostly just write on my blog, look at Twitter to see which way the politics craziness is rolling, but tweet very little lately.

  23. JK

    Hope you’re well LB, been a few days. Fine here, too doggone hot but not less than two weeks ago I was complaining about the cold lasting so long. 64° last Saturday’s high and here today’s is 101° – oh and we’ve had since the 3rd, two episodes maybe a week apart of some seriously bad storms. The majorest one being hail from 2″ diameter right here but a mile east of me softball size.

    But. To the reason my stopping by today a post I think you’ll mabe get a kick out of:

    https://americandigest.org/something-wonderful-the-family-kitchen/

    (Looks almost exactly as I remember Mom’s (& Dad’s of course) base housing kitchen when we lived at Twentynine Palms, California. I was I admit, but a wee lad at the time but I definitely remember.)

  24. JK

    Just left a place I’d not visited in quite awhile. Gonna leave you a post-link although I’m guessing LB, you are more than not likely to believe as I do that, “There ain’t no way The [among which – Clinton] Machine gets exposed to the full light of day.”

    https://havechanged.blogspot.com/2022/05/what-remains-to-be-known.html

    (The one thing the failure of HC to get her coronation, was to unmistakably reveal it’s not the elected “leaders” in charge it’s the bureaucracy – firstly [as I’d actually sort of believed from an earlier period] the IC – which includes the bureau – then; which I do admit to being startled at, all the remainder of the so-called Swamp – Fauci for instance but really he “may” well be just the ‘public face’ of the administrative state.)

    Ah well. I for one ain’t gonna allow myself to get worked up and hoping Durham’s gonna achieve a whole heckuva lot. For doggone certain not anywhere nears enough for all them media folks to turn back in their undeservedly awarded Pulitzers.

    • If Republicans take control of Congress there will be a flurry of investigations, but somehow I think Republicans will put their finger to the wind and see what resonates for 2024. Perhaps Trump can generate enough interest in relitigating 2016 and whining about how he was robbed and his loyalists in Congress will initiate a flurry of Clinton corruption investigations again.

      However, there’s plenty of animus toward Fauci and the Covid corruption too – https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/covid-relief-fraud-ppp-billions-taxpayer-funded-paycheck-protection-program-loans.

      As to the corruption within the administrative state, well, considering the nexus between liberal think tanks/academia providing the workforce for the higher-levels of the IC and other agencies and the level of politicization within the upper-echelon of the DOD, I expect that corruption problem to worsen.

      As for the Clintons – they’re above the law and I don’t ever expect any accountability for their illegal activities or their vastly corrupt political machine.

  25. JK

    Gosh & Gollee your garden looks to be doing superbly LB.

    Got a question of the general variety, I’m currently reading a book that’s featuring a bunch of Army/National Guard units – it’s just a little thing really but when I’m reading along I tend to, in my mind, “pronounce” stuff – seems to help me “keep to the course” so to speak.

    To my question. When I see numbers, for example, 2/162 … 2/7 … 2/39 etc, how do I go about thinking these mean? I mean I have a grip on these are ‘unit’ designators but how do I pronounce them [to myself]?

    Is the first number a division, a brigade, heck eveen a company maybe (I know there’s platoons in a company but …)?

    Navy stuff is far simpler eg, Air Division: Flight, Fuel, Handlers, Catapults, Arresting Gear.

    Maybe one other thing. There’s a backstory where a LTC (which I’m taking to be a Lt. Colonel – as he’s in charge of a deployed infantry brigade [Nat Grd] radioing his superiors for clearance to do some action and on the other end the LTC is asking a Major! for permission to do whatever the permit is for … As I’m thinking presently ‘the Major’ is so-to-speak just a “go between” sitting at some hq place – maybe when he [called on the radio by the LTC] asks a General [or] and then he [Major] is relaying back to the LTC what the General says?

    This may be a dumb question but isn’t a LTC a higher rank than a Major?

    (The setting is Iraq and I’m fully aware of how er, “difficult/arbitrary” the ROEs very apparently were – I mean, I’m finding it almost ridiculous a JAG[s!] is inserted between a guy who’s got troops under fire asking permission from a – as I understand it – lower ranking officer for permission to shoot back! for Gods sake. [and these _/_ number thingies ain’t helping me keeping to what’s going on).

    I hope LB I’m clear?

    • Well, JK, Army unit designations change fairly often – lots of deactivating, reactivating, and realigning units goes on. When we arrived at Ft. Stewart in 1994 it was the 24th Infantry Division, then shortly thereafter the 24th Infantry Division moved (not physically – just the unit designation, because the soldiers here became part of 3rd Infantry Division.

      Here’s an article I found that sort of explains the general idea behind Army unit designations: https://angrystaffofficer.com/2020/01/12/army-unit-numerical-designations-where-do-they-come-from/

      I don’t know how the National Guard goes about unit designations. A lot of NG soldiers get attached to regular army units, I think. https://www.stripes.com/branches/army-to-pair-national-guard-reserve-units-with-active-duty-units-1.400570

      Using your numerical designations, for instance 2/7 would be 2nd Battalion, 7th US Cavalry Regiment.

      And now supposedly, new post names are decided to remove the names of Confederate generals, so we’re in for more military name game confusion. Wish they’d spend more time on combat readiness than all this PC crap, but instead our top brass are all enthused about sending as much of our arsenal as they can to Ukraine for fighting the proxy war against Russia. Massive miscalculations about cakewalks and such, I believe, have taken hold, especially among the retired general pundit class, who live and breath news media propaganda 24/7.

      As to the larger and more important question regarding ROE and warfare run by military lawyers, well, the verdict on that is in with our “illustrious” GWOT/Regime change/Democracy building and it’s an unmitigated failure. As to the LTC – Major thingy – could be a Major on a general’s staff, but of course, the Army does have Major Generals too (two stars), so I’m not sure.

      • JK

        Thanks. And I plumb forgot about there being Major Generals. (Thing is though I’m just of the general opinion about – I kind of don’t think a flag rank person would be manning a radio. Possible I suppose, maybe find out further into the book.)

        Now to your links. Thanks again.

  26. JK

    Hey LB, hope you’re well. Last time I dropped by your recents page you looked to be pretty productive.

    Reason I come by is recently “somebody” asked me to do some research on their family and perchance I happened upon a Pennsylvania curiousity:

    https://npsfrsp.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/if-these-signatures-could-talk-innis-house-graffiti/#more-9014

    At least I find it curious that a PA guy fought “for” (apparently/maybe) that side. That’s not the family of the “somebody” who asked me to do the studying – it’s just that when I happened upon this …

  27. JK

    How in the heck LB did you wind up on that nutball’s “Pinball Preparedness’s” site?!!!

    (As it happens my “cop nephew” – answerable to, directly & solely my state’s Governor … Nephew not being, precisely speaking, a state cop [in the ‘usual sense’] but rather a “Jurisdictional Representative” ie When the Feds eg US Marshals Service, the Bureau, very rarely the Secret Service are ahem, “operating within the state’s borders” *our* governor – and oh my dear Lord should Sarah Huckabee Sanders get elected this next November! – But at any rate our governor by statute [state law] must put a “representative” in between the state’s LE and the Fed’s LE. Long story short:

    Awhile back I got “asked” to watch that sites videos. Nephew being put onto the “scent” kinda curiously.

    Now I got to be kinda “keerful” in how I say what I’m nevertheless going to say LB, just because Well. Our conversations have had some mostly good patches but I think we’d both admit to some few potholes.

    With you LB & especially considering the obituary I ‘out-of-the-blue’ came onto and signed in honor of : and honorably I like to think on my part

    You remember LB, some pages back (heck maybe even on this one) expressing some doubts about what I thought I maybe was looking at while I was paying attention to the Whitmer “plot”? That maybe on its surface the gold nuggets had been “salted” onto the bs?

    Anyway. What I communicated to my sister’s kid to report to Asa [Hutchinson] was that that site looked to be a ‘set-up’ site.

    Sure “the ends” matter but sometimes, sometimes, “the ways & means” matter more. The nuggets LB, not the bullshit.

    • I am considering your comment very seriously, JK. Lots of set ups in the hunt for “white nationalists” very likely, that’s for sure. Regards my situation, I think I just got in the way of the “existential” scorched earth impeachment messaging in ’98. I do have a knack for pissing off people, I’m well aware, lol.

  28. JK

    “Well, where to begin, first off, I’m going to try to shift away from commenting on social media content creators ..”

    I pray you don’t LB. You’re “the only person” out there on the Web (that I’m aware of) doing this vital public service. And though you minimize your own efforts/product, there’s no place other than yours I’m aware of consistently making the effort to “do the right thing.” And part of the right thing now is to call “Bullshit!” (Of course there’s the possibility – I purposefully avoid the word ‘risk’ if only because the verymost of critics seem to be averse to the physicality requirements of what they’re “threatening” – LOL – preferring instead the anonymity of a keyboard.

    “I figure if you walk into the public arena and post content, then if you face criticism, that’s part of entering the arena of public commentary.”

    Me too. But I’d probably go further (which has happened and got me banned!) You’ve LB, the talent of being temperate.

    “Among right-wing America there’s been a sea change with how reactionary many of them have become and I suspect a lot of it has to do with social media [companies] and the right-wing media space, selling paranoia and amplifying one conspiracy theory after another.”

    Preferring independently and prudentially found nuggets I don’t wish to “obscure/muddy” your insights except to offer my observations that it seems to be the case, there’s some *mighty big cooperative* beavering away at vilifying – and this “cooperative” being combined DC Rs & Ds (but not the states so much … well, there’s no consortium of states with an FCC or an Interstate Commerce Act at their disposal so, understandable I guess.

    Then again – and mind I’m not downplaying here but the House sure seems to be realy invested in the Insurrection Narrative. The TV bit especially. Where’s the ‘Commission To Study Causes Of Inflation & Those ‘Disparate’ Impacts’ getting air-time on C-Span?

    Social media companies seem at all interested in that?

    “Tracking Americans will move into high-gear is my guess. Now, that prospect I do find ominous, but then again I find so much of data-collection already taking place creepy and invasive.”

    Yup. In spades I think – Started in earnest with “the othering” over Covid.

    I’ve only the one other major concern where “We The People” is concerned and that is, is Willow the Biden cat gonna suffer a kitty litter shortage; Can the Defense Production Act be Executively Ordered to avoid all the sacrifices We The People are gonna have to endure in the event of a kitty litter shortage?

  29. JK

    Seeing your post on the subject I thought LB, you’d perhaps find this useful. Robert Barnes appears at, pretty near exactly the 14 minute mark – and abortion is the first topic discussed. I only now just started it si I don’t know where else the discussion will go. I’m now at the 33 mark:

  30. JK

    This too seems to be a very good explication as well LB:

  31. JK

    Ignorant LB on the specifics of your local soil’s chemistry so it’s likely to be better for you to talk to some local melon/squash/gourds farmers in your general area – a Farmer’s Market I’d almost bet is nearby …

    Anyway for a real quick “maybe” fix (should oughta work in time for this season’s output) soft rock phosphate [it can be got on Amazon – maybe a local nursery] But if you can’t find the soft rock variety regulat ol’ Bone Meal – my local farm supply store stocks it and I’ve been told Tractor Supply also carries it. [I just toss a handful – maybe a cup – atop where the plant emerges from the dirt : When pre-emergent, just the handful when you set the roots in will do it.]

    Drawback with bone meal is, it really does best overwintering some – to give it time to get into solution.

    Visiting the Amish I’ve seen Vernon scissor cut one of those oh, 18 X 32″ black plastic seeding containers into fourths or so and then when the fruit begins to get some size – looks like from your photo now probably – anyway gently lift the fruit and slide the section under it. But maybe your mulch will do it – as I say, I don’t know Georgia soil.

    I have heard “in song” – Ray Charles I think – about Georgia having red clay. Well Arkansas’ well blessed with that stuff too!

    Well that and rocks – lots and lots of rocks. .

  32. JK

    Thinking about the comment I just left LB, and whether you’re using any “potting soil” (or more precisely – re-using potting soil) There’s something else very very important you might want to know about:

    https://azomite.com/

    Of course that’s the company’s website so they “probably” say it works for everything from unproductive rutabagas to toenail fungus But only thing I will claim from the most important factor I’m aware of is – in-personal testimonials and 1st person [me] experience – the stuff sure works!

    Just looking at your photos I can’t rightly judge just how much “soil” is in your containers but, personally I use what the cattle guys around here call “feeding cube buckets” – I’ve never done the ol’ tried and true (and scientific!) With the tubs empty dump a bunch of gallons of water into ’em until you know exactly how much volume is displaced – Archimedes running through Athens hollering Eureka! Eureka! I’m certain you know the story – But anyway my guess is each tubs volume is “about” 14 gallons topped off. Maybe 20 but I don’t think so.

    All that displacement stuff only to say that “renewing potting soil” only takes about one to perhaps two handfuls mixed into however many inches of “root depth” you think whatever plants you’re gonna be putting in are gonna take. And later waterings … Well LB I’m confident I need say no more.

  33. JK

    God bless you LB.

    Happy Fourth of July.

  34. JK

    T’other day I mentioned Ray Charles. Nothing here concerning Georgia’s reputed red clay but still, I’m happy I wandered upon this:

    https://havechanged.blogspot.com/2022/07/america-beautiful.html

  35. JK

    My my LB, you been on a roll. World “seems to be” going to _____ in a handbasket lately doesn’t it? (Rhetorical – needn’t answer that)

    The actual question being more likely to “the why” – stuff like this maybe?

    https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/radical-supreme-court-undermining-democracy-in-america-by-george-soros-2022-07

    • JK, this Klaus Schwab book on ‘”The Great Reset” has major one-world government vibes – very creepy. He wrote it at the beginning of the Covid pandemic sort of laying out a blueprint for how the globalists should “capitalize” on the very economic catastrophe their policies were setting in motion. He plays it off like even without government lockdowns, people would have locked down on their own, deflecting any responsibility.

  36. JK

    “He plays it off like even without government lockdowns, people would have locked down on their own”?

    Hmmm. Appears I didn’t read your posts carefully enough. I’ll must go back and take a closer look.

    “On their own”?

    I very much doubt that – People destroying their own economies? People suddenly isolating themselves in spite of thousands of years of evidence; heck tens of thousands of years of people seeking to live in societies?!!! – people (Christendom or at least “the Western World”) suddenly abandoning Christmas [accepting that “only” half or so observing religious aspects and the other half as “purely commercial]?

    People so suddenly “choosing” fear over hope?

    No. Hell no. That sort of thing can only happen by explicit “From Above” Orders to do so.

    “Fear” isn’t natural to humans. If it were humanity would’ve gone extinct long before the first village nevermind nations would’ve appeared.

    • Seriously, JK, he wrote, “Once people began to worry about the pandemic, they effectively started to “shut down” the economy, even before the government had officially asked them to do so.” That’s on p.44 of the kindle version. There are similar statements, but the thing that I haven’t seen mentioned was the massive propaganda effort spreading dire warnings and fearmongering by “the experts.”

      I think there are distinct groups of people in American society and it’s very obvious at this point, over two years into this. Many people still trust “the experts” and liberal news selling the mitigation dogma, to the point I think with some people it’s a mental disorder. There are still some people voluntarily masking here and even occasionally some wearing masks outside and in their cars. There seems to be a racial component here and I think that’s due to the heavy media fearmongering, in combination with the much higher numbers of black people who died from Covid or had serious complications.

      The truth is we live in a very strange time in history, where a sizable portion of our society lives in a state of learned helplessness. There are still people awaiting the words of wisdom from Saint Fauci and trusting in his all-knowing pronouncements. There are also people who wait for “the experts” or celebs to advise them an all aspects of their lives – that would be the Oprah generation. Unfortunately, judging by history, these type of people aren’t going to be survivors or fearlessly forge ahead when faced with adversity, they’re going to be parasites on those who are self-reliant and self-sustainable. In plain English – they’ll be just dead weight, I suspect.

      • JK

        [L]earned helplessness or, conditioned dependency?

        A difference without a distinction I’m guessing we’d agree.

        But I can definitely tell “they” really paid attention when Pavlov got mentioned in the Political Science classes. “They” being oh you know.

        I think you’re onto something really golden here LB: The Oprah Generation. I’ve never run across “it” put that way before. ‘Gen Z’ Check. ‘Millennials’ Check. ‘FB Generation’ Check. Boomers of course.

        But really. And – admitting I’ve yet to give it the effort it deserves : yet – But thinking about it the Phil Donahue Generation just doesn’t “feel” right, no real “movement” element if you catch my drift whereas where Oprah is concerned – now there there’s certainly a movement element.

        Thanks. Gives me something deserving of ‘chewing over’ for awhile but it just intuitively, as I say, “feels right.”

        Stay right there by the gates for as long as reasonable LB and meanwhile I’m staying in Podunk which so far as I’m concerned at the moment “a life sentence” in this context isn’t anything I’d find concerning. (However I do get kinda wired whenever the VA advises me “I must” travel to the big hospital in Little Rock – Cities I think :probably though most likely in the blue areas : anyway if there’s to be a ‘flashover’ anywhere those are the danger zones to reasonably avoid.

        Probably though – at least in my case being 66 and having a positive result on a recent biopsy (don’t worry overly – 16 samples were taken w/only the one + : and there’s family history) But anyway I’m thinking I’ll most likely be reasonably long-gone by the time the ‘real-crazy’ comes. If it comes. Maybe though, hopefully though what I really pray/hope is coming is a world coming back to its senses.

        I just hope my Grandkids read books and know food comes outta the ground unrefrigerated.

        *By the way – I left a comment on your most recent.

      • I’m very sorry to hear about your biopsy, JK. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  37. JK

    Thank you LB, we all – or I think “we” all should – be grateful for any prayers aimed in our direction. Back when you first put on your blog that your husband had been placed into hospice care I added the two of you to the list on my nightstand. It remains there.

    This from a site I usually, depending on the brief synopsis given on Daily Timewasters sidebar. click on to read (tho rarely cite from) But. Given events of late – how “the experts” seem hellbent on driving every nation on the planet to the very brink – seems very appropriate just now:

    http://www.danielgreenfield.org/2022/07/a-revolution-against-administrative.html

    • JK

      I think I probably ought be more forthcoming if only because I don’t wish you worrying needlessly. I know I’ve written I’m a smoker (tobacco only) so … Anyway mine is of a type that typically men are said to “often go with rather than ‘because of'” so, even tho’ the family history ‘it’ wasn’t the reason Dad died rather his was a heart attack so, he died ‘with’ Mainly mine is just something that, owing to my participating in a VA genetics study “they want” to keep an eye on.

      So heck ‘who knows’ I might possibly make it to being a centenarian. Just that, given my lack of – heck I admit it, own it – sheer laziness – Anyway because I’m the very opposite of a ‘physical activity nut’ I kinda doubt my trying to “eat healthy” is gonna balance the scales of the smoking w/ pre-existing pulmonary issues. Yeah I know – real smart there guy! Still like I said, Who knows …

  38. JK

    There’s at least two posts recently here you might use LB, the most recent is concerning the Nordstream maintenance shutdown (long-scheduled according to my friend in the oilfields [equipment] servicing business) and the next most recent to do with Sri Lanka:

    https://voxday.net/

    • Voxday isn’t my cup of tea JK. It’s too far-right for me. That’s just like zerohedge, which I have thought was a Russian front operation since it started, long before Trump and the Dems’ labeling everything “Russian Disinformation” spin effort.

  39. JK, I was responding to your family saga comment and it disappeared, kinda like the gas explosions you referenced. One of my favorite quotes comes to mind,,, from Napoleon of all people:

    “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”

  40. JK

    Gosh darn. I knew where I was at the time …. Well … truthfully I “knew” Iran and Saudi Arabia (and at the time : well except for maybe Oman where the Brits after Suez … )

    Anyway LB I’m thinking maybe/hopefully[?!!} us – meaning the world – managed to get through 1979 maybe … well besides seemingly this time “the experts” appear to be against everybody …Famine looking back I’m not seeing but planet-wide tumult?

    https://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1979.html

    Difference nowadays seems to me is the World Wide Web & governments “seem to be” coordinating potential catastrophes so … I’m thinking ‘Podunk’ is really really where I want to be and stay stay stay but

    I’ll keep a closer eye on your current page.

    I’m just a simpleton Hillbilly but it looks to me everything is going haywire.

    All at the same time. This ain’t natural …

    • I’m a simpleton hick, JK. Besides all the strange happenings, have you noticed how even with the help of ol’ google, it’s really hard to find information on certain big events happening?

      With the truckers in Canada, the liberal media worked hard to paint them as right-wing terrorists quickly, but with the populist protests breaking out in response to green policies and government overreach in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Italy, they’re barely being reported on by American liberal media. They aren’t rushing to send every reporter to cover the story like they did with Ukraine. The Dutch farmers are getting the Hunter Biden laptop treatment… except now the liberal media folks are talking about that, because powerful Dems want Biden to exit the stage.

      I’m finding it harder and harder to find reliable sourcing that I feel even the most basic facts about a situation are accurate.

      The spin info war spread has polluted the information environment so much it should be declared a hazardous environment to the truth or even some basic facts. Alas, spin war is really more like “war,” I suppose and that handy “fog of war” euphemism probably fits better…

      • JK

        Yup. Really difficult. The algorithms is my bet. Plus the pure ol’ “inconvenience to the narrative” also.

        Notice how fast Abe’s assassination coverage was basically over within oh, about 24 hours? I think it was really inconvenient to the “Let’s get rid of guns just like the Japanese did and then it will be impossible for shootings to happen!” narrative.

        But then along comes a motivated person and all it took was three trips, one to the hardware store, one to the plumber’s, and one last to the electrical supplies place. The propellant (the stuff that makes the boom) could easily be whipped up from the household products typically found under almost everybody’s kitchen sink. Easy peasy.

        But. Damned inconvenient. And “they” couldn’t have that now could they?

  41. JK

    Oh. You ever heard of the Brave search engine? Or ‘Swisscows’ search engine? The latter is my default and I’ve a icon to Brave on my desktop.

    I only go to Ghoul-gull if I want … well last time it was for an image of the abolitionist John Brown. Of Harper’s Ferry fame. The “why” was at the same time both simple and complicated at the same time.

  42. JK

    https://swisscows.com/?culture=en

    Even though we’ve got the 4th Amendment in our Constitution the EU does it better than our pols do. And where the “real privacy” is concerned nobody does it better than the Swiss. (That’s why, is my guess – the Clinton Foundation does all its banking from its Swiss bank account.)

    https://search.brave.com/

    The guy who “invented” the Firefox browser (and then got fired by the Mozilla company for his troubles) fairly recently developed that one.

    The drawbacks for Swisscows is, because its European based, its results are more oh ‘Euro-centric’ I guess would be the word. The Brave one because it’s so new but I’ve noticed it’s getting more results by the week.

  43. JK

    Hmmm. LB?

    I didn’t hit your more recent posts for review but I (seem to) distinctly recall your bringing up the subject of generally speaking “allowing depletions and/or sorta, kinda *manufacturing a strategic asset’s neglect” and I put a link to this site in response to your – as I recall – point. So. When I landed on that site just moments ago it occurred to me, I need LB’s brain engaged on this sort of stuff (primarily because my situation from early April to “about” mid-August – isn’t gonna allow me to adequately analyze just what in tarnation is going on):

    https://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2022/07/check-your-magazine-inventory-recently.html

    *Something’s coming – I can’t figure it (yet/unassisted).

    (There’s ALOT of moving parts)

    • JK, I was all for aiding Ukraine, because the big picture of Russia steamrolling across Ukraine unimpeded had my Cold War warrior feathers way beyond being ruffled – I was fighting mad and still am on that big picture strategic necessity for the West to remain steadfast against Russian and Chinese aggression. Period…. and then we come to the BUT.

      But Western leaders and the Biden WH are craven, wimpy, globalists who have always believed they can cut deals with the Russians and Chinese. With Biden, there’s the nightmares of the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle fresh in my mind, which assures me the Biden Team is more like the WeHateAmericaTeam – total sell-outs to America’s adversaries and corrupt nitwits.

      But… they still push their crazy leftist pipedreams like their climate change/green agenda, along with all their other pet causes, all while ignoring the cold hard truths about the real world, where the rubber meets the road and military might, national defense and protecting and defending national interests outweighs hand-wringing about cow flatulence. Their leftist agenda has taken priority over actually stopping Russia. Instead, it seems they believed they could “win” by spending more time “fighting” the Ukraine propaganda war, thinking a Hollywood production of the “War in Ukraine” starring Zelensky, with cameo appearances by Western leaders in Kiev was a substitute for the real nuts and bolts strategic planning that real war requires. Most of the rest of the world will cut deals for Russia and China goods if Russia and China can deliver what their own countries need. This is how the real world works.

      Unfortunately, many Dem retired generals and some new military “expert” faces started getting heavily invested in the Zelensky Show too. Russia made disastrous mistakes, but they’ve regrouped and too many of the Dem Twitter military experts, who should know better, seem to have gotten high on CNN and MSNBC spin fumes and it’s clouding their judgment. Ditto this for too many leaders in Washington, on both sides of the aisle. I always place American national interests above other countries and I refuse to wrap myself in other countries flag, just like I chafed at the US military ever allowing UN blue hat escapades to supersede over direct US control of US forces. Our top priority should always be US national defense.

      That said, I don’t know what the real state of US military combat readiness is, what level our military stockpiles are at, the morale of the troops and the competency of leadership from the top down. All I can say is I’ve seen a lot of warning signs for several years now. Accidents being a huge one. Add in the Biden administration recklessly depleting the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and no one’s asking what are the plans to replenish that reserve stockpile.

      Also, add in I have no idea what level our nation’s emergency food and other emergency stockpiles are at, from federal programs to many states have programs. There seems to be no reality-based comprehensive national security assessments – it’s all partisan talking points.

      I suspect during the Obama years and now in the Biden administration, federal assets were and are quietly used for humanitarian pet projects, sent to private entities (many religious-based (thanks, GWB) who run these programs to house, feed, transport, illegal immigrants around the country, while making big bucks from the US govt. And who knows where else federal US assets have been sent. No one’s addressed the stockpile issues on vital assets we need for domestic emergencies and national defense.

      I’m fleshing out a blog post on what in the Hades, big picture catastrophes, I think, are brewing that no one seems to be talking about. The state of the US military is a huge one, but there are plenty of others.

      My main worry is the stage may be setting for massive populist flashpoints in many Western countries, if people can’t heat their homes this winter or afford food or there are strikes, civil unrest and other major disruptions to the food supply. Then there’s the reality that many Dem fools (and probably some Republican governors too) may try to reimpose Covid restrictions this fall, which will add to the chaos. Ditto this for Canada, Australia and in Europe.

      I’ll stop here, JK. Should have gone with the short answer – it’s a cluster… you-know-what brewing.

      • And for the record, JK, I wanted to move away from writing about politics and foreign affairs on my blog, but I’m back to pondering national strategic concerns again. I wanted to be done with reading government reports and such…

  44. JK

    Can’t say as I blame you for wanting to move away from that sort of stuff too. And actually LB, I don’t reckon it’s so gosh darn important to now even be considering it – and (really) actually, “whatever’s in the oven” has been long in the recipe, the ingredients and cookware and cutting board all arranged just so – the oven pre-heated as specified : and whatever the meal is planned for us it’s now too late.

    Grow your garden and keep the faith LB. Lets hope and pray we had enough time to watch The Provident Prepper videos.

    Now I’ll read your first response.

    • I was already back into this stuff, even bought Klaus Schwab’s “Great Rest” books,, because I wanted to see what all he wrote beyond the few incendiary “Great Reset” lines conservative media went nuts repeating. Been pretty quiet about Ukraine for a while, because I want Russia pushed back, but have zero confidence in Western leaders having the backbone to stay the course.

      • JK

        By my lights the whole Ukraine mess might have been avoided. Had Nuland never been allowed anywhere near the place – and Nuland = Kagan just to be clearer. … And while I probably more in my past remarks late 2021 to oh first part of February before the 24th kept beating on how “the Bidenistas are gonna get us in a war” …

        The truth is it really wasn’t so much DC beating the war drums as it was UK – really just London, not the Aussies or Canada – & the French. Germany I think was very very reluctant but really I admit What could they really do when the war whoops from the neighbors and the Beltway [the military/industrial complex Eisenhower warned us of] What could Germany actually do?

        Now I can wholly understand the Visegrad Nations [Poland &] concerns but they did have solid NATO guarantees which I think even the likes of Trump would have been good on but …

        Still though – ultimately I think – NATO moving right up to the border of Russia was a horribly dumb game plan.

        And here we are. So we must play the cards dealt to us. As best we can.

        The sad irony being it was our turn to deal.

      • I do think the Kagans/Nuland are a menace to sound US foreign policy, but Putin had expansionist visions all along. He miscalculated the level of Western disunity and cravenness though. NATO allies and other European leaders did manage to muster a bit of backbone, I guess mainly because there were enough Cold War voices pulling their hair out and fighting mad (I can fully relate to that reaction to a full-scale Russian invasion in Eastern Europe). I think Putin expected America to slink away like they did in Afghanistan or to react like Obama did in Syria when Russia sent in forces.

        I was glad the West managed to not immediately fold, but I have serious reservations about their resolve to remain steadfast for the long haul. Watching this since February, there’s a level of overconfidence in every Ukrainian success, underestimating Putin’s resolve, and a failure to start planning ahead. The Germans and French will fold in a heartbeat and the Biden White House is just a clown car going in circles.

  45. JK

    “[L]earned helplessness or, conditioned dependency?”

    I’m thinking now – just now – a mix. I get the “learned” bit from yours but I’m not seeing the ‘helplessness’ part. And tho’ I’ll probably stick with my ‘conditioned’ [probably better conditioning] I’m not really seeing ‘dependency’ – but then, these are children – toddlers really.

    Whatever. I am disheartened at what I’m seeing. And not in “just this one” instance:

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/07/who-in-his-right-mind.php

  46. JK

    “NATO allies and other European leaders did manage to muster a bit of backbone, I guess mainly because there were enough Cold War voices pulling their hair out and fighting mad”

    The really surprising thing of “the backbone” was that it was more credited to Trump’s term (Before you get … Not because of anything much Trump personally did – he was way out of his depth where anything but ‘the US mood’ was concerned : Exhibit 1; All the polls [experts] calling for a massive, huge, really big win for *her – then turning out to be so out of touch with the mood that what happened made ’em go off the deep end. And again, here we are. Still, while Obama dithered sending only blankets and MREs and such, Well we know when ‘lethal aid’ shipments began – Good thing guys like Cotton managed to hold to “some influence” where Trump’s impetuousness and really, fundamental ignorance of anything “in the [US] national interests” was concerned. No telling where we’d be were it not for people like that!)

    *Trump (actually Cotton &) really belong on Biden’s Christmas card mailing list – Biden (& [family] Co) History in the region? “We” should be ashamed of ourselves in that regard.

    “I have serious reservations about their resolve to remain steadfast for the long haul. Watching this since February, there’s a level of overconfidence in every Ukrainian success, underestimating Putin’s resolve, and a failure to start planning ahead. The Germans and French will fold”

    We’ll find out when winter settles in in northern Europe. Germany’s going Hog Wild Green – without alternative energy sourcing – was madness. The rest of the northern tier [40-60 confidence] *might uhm (forgive? !!) “weather the storm” better than Germany. We shall see.

    I’d emailed a Aussie acquaintance – met in-person circa ’82, in relatively frequent correspondence since – asking his “gut” re Sri Lanka. He says *we are truly dis-served by our media. “Things for a moment there looked to be a strong likely to be totally awry but …”

    The Aussies currently have “footballers” in Sri Lanka but when I looked around the net for nearly an hour today I could only find one source that reflected my friend’s experience – and knowledge of the place. Has a [well he “calls it” a HUT but having seen pictures of the place …] “hut” and spends around three weeks in summer, two in winter on Bali.

    *My media let me down so I asked if this author gets published in the US:

    https://dailysceptic.org/2022/07/12/the-unrest-in-sri-lanka-has-been-exaggerated/

  47. JK, Well, there were protestors who stormed the presidential palace in Sri Lanka the other day and the thing about your friend’s anecdotal info could be about like most countries if there’s a coup – it all depends where you are in the country. Life usually goes on pretty much as normal for people in small towns and rural areas for a time. Foreigners watching protestors storming the US Capitol on Jan. 6th might have thought all of America fell apart based on the media coverage, but in reality most people just went about their daily routine. Few events really stop daily life across an entire country, like, say 9/11 or a massive natural disaster that impacts a large portion of a country.

    • JK

      Yeppers. The Jan 6th “insurrection” is – I think – apt.

      And, as the old saw has it that I seem to recall you reiterating recently goes, “If it bleeds it leads”!

  48. I want to be clear though – I don’t think J-6 was an orchestrated insurrection or coup really – more like cosplay theater and assorted idiots who spent too much time online ingesting Trump-fan fiction. The Trump lawyers pushing Trump’s stolen election bs. and halting Congress from certifying the electoral college vote, well, I don’t care what happens to them – they full-well knew what they were doing was wrong. It was disgraceful, but I never felt like our democracy was at risk.

  49. America has this bigger problem than J-6 though – we had the Clintons and Democrats working to overturn Trump’s election in 2016 and trying to stop his inauguration too, by waging a massive smear campaign, mass protests and using every avenue of media liberals control to attack the legitimacy of the 2016 election, then in 2020 we had Trump and his minions trying to do the same thing. Dems and the liberal media kept orchestrating to destroy Trump’s presidency for 4 years, even using intel agencies and the FBI, which I find as ominous (maybe more ominous) than J-6.

    So far, Democrats, the Biden WH and the liberal media have kept the Hunter Biden corruption from gaining traction, no matter how obvious the public corruption or how big a national security risk it is to have a POTUS who’s sold-out to the Chinese and other foreign entities.

    • JK

      And again I return back to, though I’m not excluding “the parties” (D & R ) from responsibilities, No I return to “The Administrative State.”

      The Trumpistas perhaps prefer maybe ‘The Swamp’ while the Dems would, maybe, prefer it called ‘The Expert Class’ – The real problem (is, as I see it) what the Constitution guarantees – A Republic (Representative by of and for The People seems not to be the case anymore.

      (Was on the phone maybe an hour with VA during this comment and so lost my train of thought – but the main point is intact [I think.)

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