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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1,048 responses to “A rambling blog post

  1. JK

    Well since people are already twittering along these lines I suppose, if you should wish to, you have my permission to tweet this:


    (Surely LB, you don’t reckon Trump spared valuable time from Fox-watching to check out PBS’ schedule do ya?)

  2. JK

    Read any Charles Dickens LB?

    I’ve actually got a sentence from Little Dorrit in mind.


    Our recent serious matters become farce.

  3. Thanks JK, I am listening to this podcast right now. I read this article by matt Taibbi, The Rise and Fall of superhero Robert Mueller, that goes into this spin nightmare. I might even write a blog post on this topic… as if I haven’t been writing about the dangers of Spin info war for years now… Taibbi encapsulates the Russiagate mess this way:

    “Russiagate isn’t just about bad reporting. It was and is a dangerous political story about rallying the public behind authoritarian maneuvers in an effort to achieve a political outcome. Republicans who battered Mueller with questions weren’t wrong. Investigators in the Russia probe made extravagant use of informants abroad (in the less-regulated counterintelligence context), lied to the FISA court, leaked classified information for political purposes, opened the cookie jar of captured electronic communications on dubious pretexts, and generally blurred the lines between counterintelligence, criminal law enforcement, and private political research in ways that should and will frighten defense lawyers everywhere.”


  4. JK

    The latter two placed provide links to Mr. Mueller’s responding the Congresspersons questions. The first by California’s Jackie Speier (D) and then (pretty sure Texas) Congressman Hurd (R) – Now LB all I’m pointing out is ‘we know better’ and maybe it’d be best you not (if you’re gonna write a post) “pile more” on the guy’s head. I guess you can get me just speaking for myself, I feel for the guy.

    Then again. Plainly DoJ did what it could as far as “coaching” was concerned it’s probably just that they [DoJ] probably didn’t see that line of questioning coming up. But then again, that probably explains why that Zebley[?] guy was sworn alongside him for the later Intel hearing – too bad for him nobody directed any questions his way.

    I’m guessing you can tell I’m conflicted my Friend?

    Maybe handle it like McCarthy did in the podcast – lay out the point that where ‘official Russia’ is concerned there is the point that, “there is no evidence that can be presented in a court of law” to support the alleging their interfering but there [maybe] is good reason to think so.

    Okay LB I looked at my second comment on your latest post and you’ll note me pointing out counterintel op? (And no I didn’t do no voodoo ESPing that McCarthy was gonna be making the same point in today’s podcast.)

    • JK

      One last thing I might mention. Really where the counter-intel is concerned we’ll never know what in the hell is the actual truth. In counter-intel really, ‘getting to the truth’ isn’t actually even the point.

      Heck for all me and you know, or are likely to ever know, maybe that Pakistani IT guy Awan who we actually know did have total access to the whole Democrat shebang gave all that stuff to WikiLeaks.

      Tell you the truth, something about the Dems not ever making those servers available for inspection and then that judge dismising that Dem case against Trump et al just a day or so ago stinks.

      • Well Jk, I do feel sorry for Mueller being pushed into this Nadler/Schiff effort to “bring the Mueller Report to life”, when he made it very clear that he did not want to testify. My anger wasn’t at Mueller, it’s at those Dem lawyers & Comey, Rosenstein.McCabe, Yates, who orchestrated this Special Counsel that was filled up with Clinton-aligned lawyers.

        At the moment, it looks to me like the Dem spin narrative is pivoting to attack Trump’s business records, as the main focal point. MSNBC has a 4 part special on Trump’s businesses and the push to hype Trump’s tax records seems to be getting more spin juice.

        They exhausted the Stormy scandal, they’ve struck out on Trump/Russian Collusion, so I guess it’s hyping Trump’s business records and insinuating nefarious doings (which may or may not exist).

        The Dem Red Scare 2.0 isn’t completely dead though since Dems have labeled McConnell, MoscowMitch, Lindsey Graham is LeningradLindsey and Tulsi Gabbard was dubbed a Russian asset too.

        It’s all a national embarrassment at this point, because Trump’s endless tweet messes are disgraceful, Dems reactions are disgraceful and overall this scorched earth spin information war makes America look like a banana republic. This domestic spin war is doing more to divide America than the Russians could ever dream of accomplishing.

        One thing that’s curious about the DNC hiring Crowdstrike to analyze their servers rather than handing them over to the FBI is the FBI did a no bids contract with Crowdstrike right after the referral for Hillary’s email server came from the IG. The FBi hasn’t said what Crowdstrike was hired to analyze. I also wonder if Crowdstrike did that quickie Weiner laptop investigation in Oct of 2016? Hopefully with Horowitz and Durham, we get a few more answers.

  5. Yesterday, JK, you asked me if I’ve read any Dickens lately and I haven’t, but the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, often drifts through my mind watching this scorched earth spin war. Americans, even most poor ones, have TVs, cell phones, and way more conveniences than any other people in history could have dreamed of and yet, here we are, with leaders we chose, who spend their waking hours obsessing over who tweeted what and fixated on digging up decades old dirt on each other…

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. . . .”


    • JK

      Close LB but …

      “He had a certain air of being a handsome man–which he was not; and a certain air of being a well-bred man–which he was not. It was mere swagger and challenge; but in this particular, as in many others, blustering assertion goes for proof, half over the world.”

      Still Tale of Two Cities does have a certain resonance.

    • Well, JK, I wonder if (and how) Victoria Nuland and Nellie Ohr are connected – before the Steele dossier mess. Have they worked together somewhere in the past? Are they close friends? If so, how far back does that relationship go? These are the questions I am curious about to get a feel for what the heck was going on between Nuland and Fusion GPS? Also, perhaps, there’s a connection (perhaps old friends) between Nuland, Nellie Ohr and Simpson’s wife, Mary Jacoby, who was also connected to Hillary Clinton, from way back when?

      Googling a bit this morning, JK, and I found this 2008 piece, from the the Nation, on McCain: https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/

  6. JK

    “Everybody knows everybody” LB, is the way *everybody needs to view the incestuous relationships that are rife in the topmost ranks of the social circles that infest (I use that word very deliberately) the corridor lying between Washington DC up to and including perhaps the 100 mile wide swathe of territory which ends in the various media headquarters clustered within New York City, New York.

    You yourself LB, pre-election of 2016 have documented many cases (Andrea Mitchell’s social circle being but one example) of this phenomena.

    Re McCain’s Kremlin ties – not without precedent:


    But that’s not the reason, primarily anyway, I drop by today. I’m reading review of Mr. McCarthy’s new book and in nearly every instance I’ve read so far, the reviewers and/or the opinionators make clear their take is that while the author lays out for the reader “just the facts Ma’am, just the facts” he takes care to avoid making any clear judgments regarding any of the individual actors. Which I think is admirable – in most regards.

    However – it may be useful to look back at a presentation Mr. McCarthy gave back in November 2018 – a full 15 months ago:

  7. JK

    Don’t know if you’re checking in on JB’s site:

    I’d suggest stay tuned …

    • Thanks for this JK – listening right now. I am curious about the Epstein lawyers asserting that Epstein helped Bill Clinton set-up the Clinton Global Initiative, during the time Clinton was making dozens of trips with Epstein.

      • JK

        I’ve read that too. It’s possible but I’d like to see more independently verifying sources.

        Now if those lawyers managed to have somehow got those assertions into a Courts evidence chain (which assertion I don’t recall seeing) that would be verification enough for me.

        But with the (golden) goose cooked … or *joking I could use the word “cooking” …

  8. JK

    Given what you’ve got in your latest on how the Twitterocracy operates, something about ’em “putting out BS that gets taken down, then rather than a ‘Sorry I twitted BS’ the tweet simply disappears” I find this, this morning worth a chuckle:

    “Even President Donald Trump has egged on speculation, without evidence, that Epstein …”


    (I’m up early ’cause p/t …)

  9. JK

    Recall above where I mention you documenting on incestuous relationships … Gee I wonder who tweeted this “scoop” first?


    (Yeah even I glance at Drudge, especially after only four hours sleep …

  10. JK

    Well …Maybe not the very last one It’s just that I’ve returned from my p/t and this one is too good to skip over:


    I think I see clearer now that Twitterocracy you’ve mentioned LB, so recently.

  11. JK

    Four more of ’em LB:

    • I hadn’t seen this JK, but oddly I’ve been telling my kids that Trump’s style is WWE for a couple years now.

      Trump’s problem though is he needs way more than his rally fan base to win the election and his “style” is as old and predictable as the Dems/media spin attack themes. At some point Americans might just want a president who isn’t staging a sideshow or running a scorched earth spin campaign to destroy his/her opponents.

      Time will tell if Trump’s sideshow can last for another term…

      • JK

        “At some point …” agreed basically though watching the Demos “progress” through their deciding on a candidate it looks to me they’re, nearly to a person, doing sideshows too (that is if you’re using the term as I have on I think, this thread, appealing to the freaks or at least, the more freakishly inclined – “the fringe furthest Left” in essence. So far looks like, to me, the DNC has been running its debates like carnivals. Not bothering to search for who had it as a campaigning theme “A chicken in every pot” the Dems have transfigured that to “Cotton candy for everybody!”

        There are the exceptions of course, Tulsi for instance seems sober and Klobuchar for the most part too but neither of them seems to me are getting much traction.

        Switching gears.

        “Greater public interest in reporting on these kinds of incidents could result in a perceived increase.”

        I do believe we’ve touched on this subject hereon, me wondering ‘So many reports so few prosecutions.’


  12. “it looks to me they’re, nearly to a person, doing sideshows too (that is if you’re using the term as I have on I think, this thread, appealing to the freaks”

    This new media environment thrives on freak show acts, where unknowns can instantly gain social media stardom. This perverse social media sensationalism turned AOC into a political sensation, along with Beto, Buttigieg the Polymath, even that captain of the US women’s soccer team attacked Trump and was instantly hyped as someone who should run for high office. It’s totally nuts how the media works so hard to create these mythological liberal heroes, whom they salivate can destroy Trump.

    Trump had 100% national name ID going into politics and while he doesn’t understand politics, he does understand creating media sideshows and he’s been on Twitter since 2009. Still selling Trump as a “great” businessman and a “winner” had the aid of billions of dollars in free media – most from the mainstream media trying to fuel the “GOP Insurgency”.

  13. “Reckon ‘the mainstream’ ever to acknowledge its complicity?”

    Trump spouts outrageous and stupid crap constantly, since, oh, about August 2015, when he made that swipe about Megyn Kelly bleeding out of her whatever, which I thought would be the end of his presidential run.

    Now the media/Resist pundit chorus are on this spin hysterical jag about “Trump is so Unstable” again. Axios ran some story with two unnamed sources claiming that during Trump’s first year in office he suggested studying nuking the eye of hurricanes to stop them or something. This story presents it like Trump is an imminent threat because he supposedly said this.

    If Trump supposedly saying this was such a threat, why did the sources not rush to Congress under the whistleblower provisions and report it or leak this story to the media immediately? It’s an “imminent” threat, but they sat on this for over a year??? It’s all part of their scorched earth spin effort to feed this “Trump is Unstable” spin theme and total garbage.

  14. JK

    Oy LB, don’t know if you’ve seen this book reviewed and wondered, “Harrumph! Its said to be to a high school level reader’s comprehension so why ought I bother?”

    To which I might venture to retort, “Have you discussed US History with any recent High School graduates lately?”

    I recall a conversation I had with my youngest nephew (he’s thirty now) and to say I was dismayed at his ‘basics misappreciation’ would be perhaps my greatest understatement. But from what I’m seeing currently, the NYTs 1619 Project very notably, I’m frankly of the opinion our universities and colleges would do well to use the book Land of Hope as its main text for the current sophomore level. Afterall it is widely reported at least 80% of incoming freshmen require remedial coursework before any can proceed.

    I’m currently at (about) 30 pages from the books ending and I can truthfully say I found the book to have been time well spent. And as its finished by the interested members of my family this will be the next book donated to my local library.


    You could LB, do worse than buying yourself a copy.

  15. Surprisingly, JK, this McClay book is available on Hoopla (free through my local library) and already on my wishlist there. I think you might have mentioned this book a few months back and I looked it up then. When I hear mention of books that sound interesting, I try to add them quickly to my amazon wishlist or now, on my library book list, or on my wishlists with the free Hoopla and RB digital services through my library, lest I forget the title and author.

    I might buy this book though… like I need another book on American history, with probably a few hundred books on American history/biographies collecting dust here already.

    The NYT’s 1619 Project seems designed to coincide with the Left’s 2020 “Trump the Racist” spin theme and by extension painting America as a racist nation too. I’ll take a pass on relying on the NYT for history… or journalism, for that matter.

    The most fascinating accounting of European settlement in North America I’ve come across is John Marshall’s Vol.1 of his, The Life of George Washington series. Marshall chronicles detailed accounts of the settlements, the history, the battles, the governmental successes and failures, geography and an amazing amount of biographical detail about these early settlers. The entire 5 volume Marshall series on Washington is free online:

    Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Washington-Commander-Established-Independence-President-ebook/dp/B004TQ2XC4/ref=sr_1_15?keywords=the+life+of+george+washington&qid=1566920733&s=digital-text&sr=1-15

    Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18591

  16. JK

    “The most fascinating accounting of European settlement in North America I’ve come across is John Marshall’s Vol.1 of his, The Life of George Washington series.”

    *Sometime back* I had [another in a series] a computer failure which I’d bookmarked an interview JB [John Batchelor] had done with some guy I think maybe British that I’m unsure whether I’d backed up. Lemme see … I know it having to do with “How the English Became Americans.”

    Ah yes. Between Two Worlds is the part I forgot, thanks for the prod LB.

    Hmmm. Lemme see if I can search out that interview …

    Here’s the book if I lose my place. Sounded interesting then and as I recall from [about] the first 25% of the one I’ll be finishing tonight, my nest book buy. (As if I need another book too LOL – But I console myself I’ll be donating.)

    • JK


      Duff awhile back had some thread (though I hadn’t realized it must’ve been that long ago) whereon someone of his regulars – most likely R. Morgan who is the acknowledged Historian – mentioned Cromwell [which Cromwell I’m uncertain, I know more recently Duff admonishing my confusing which – the earlier being Henry VIII’s “treasurer[?]” and the later being the guy lopped off the head of one of the King James’ (not I think the James did the KJV Bible)

      Anyway I recall Richard (or whoever) *proclaiming* “Without Cromwell there’d never been the later American divide between north and south.”

      I sure hope this link is good because … well.

    • This one looks like one I will end up buying, JK, lol. In fact, I found it on Thriftbooks.com just now – hardcover, very good condition for $4.49. If your order is over $10 at Thriftbooks, you get free shipping, so I picked off my wishlist there, lol.

      You aren’t helping my book hoarding habit at all, JK!

  17. JK

    UPS deliver to your web address LB?

    Just wondering …

  18. JK

    Just now awake from a nap following pt and dropped on a place where I was expecting I might find something … and guess what?


    Just that in a minute the 1730 news’ll be coming on, it’ll have to wait an hour or so before I listen.

  19. JK

    I should’ve remembered LB your geographical ‘equivalency’ being somewhat close to my being in tornado alley. My girlfriend’s three sons (and one with a wife and a baby on the way) Anyway the two older live in Ocoee with the married one in Orlando, FL. So as you might imagine my meteorological schooling gets ‘demandyered’ sometimes more often than other times.

    For what its worth a couple days ago I went to a ‘more active’ status and from what I was seeing *predicted* 1) a later arrival than what “most media” seemed to be saying (I suppose seeing how this is a holiday weekend lent weight to authorities’ efforts to ensure people not from there not go there and, those who should [or wish to] evacuate/batten down the hatches – should get after it pretty quick.

    But anyway I predicted a later arrival than what was being said then. Current forecasts would seem to have borne out that first part of my prediction. 2) Owing to the strength of a ‘low pressure front’ sagging south of your location combined with a reinforcing low north of my location the second part of my prediction indicates a “more” southerly landfall than what the *generally accepted authorities* seem to favor. Me favoring the eye to hit about 100 miles north of Miami and then getting blown back out over the Atlantic maybe another 60-80 miles north of Orlando.

    Here’s what I’m basing on primarily:


    (Note that’s a 3 day forecast chart – simply hover your cursor over days two and three to guage)

    Then this site:


    Which tends to buttress (at this particular point in time) that the winds north of Orlando indicate the low pressure system showing on the first link is stronger than the media would seem to be saying.

    Still LB – trust your gut. Plus this being as I mentioned up top, a holiday weekend – it maybe better to prepare for heavier than normally customary.

    • Honestly. JK, it’s the media-generated hysteria, that then results in localized word-of-mouth hysteria, that causes me more anxiety than even a major hurricane.

      Throngs of people rush wily-nily filling up shopping carts without any list or planning, but just because everyone else is buying stuff. It often seems like most people don’t have a single independent thought in their heads – just react to the panic atmosphere.

      I prefer to operate from a list at the grocery store and, just out of habit, I keep a running estimated total on how much I’m spending, as I go. That’s just me.

      Oh, and I hate crowds, especially mindless ones reacting to media-generated fear mongering. Especially, the constant blaring “Weather Alert!”… it’s a really lovely sunny day here, btw.

      True story from a previous hurricane situation a couple years ago – I saw some photo on facebook of a interstate sign saying “Jacksonville” with ominous storm clouds behind it. Jacksonville is approximately 2 hrs south of here. The next day, as the panic about the impending storm escalated, my daughter in TX sent that photo to me in a text message. I told her I saw that photo the day before and there was no information about who took the photo or when it had been taken. I told her the local weather situation – not a cloud in the sky and told her to stop worrying.

      That photo could have been from a previous storm, for all we know, but lots of people instantly bought into it and started circulating it on social media – feeding hysteria. I cautioned my daughter about trusting photo and videos online, especially when they don’t have any accompanying information, not even the name, date, or the source of the photo.

      We live in a dangerously stupid time, JK, where it seems more and more people prefer to be mindless followers (believers) of social media & news media unverified or uncorroborated reports.

      Speaking of media, I retweeted a Jake Tapper tweet a couple days ago about a change in policy on citizenship for children born to military families living abroad. Tapper deleted that tweet quickly, once some journos starting reading the actual policy change. Task and Purpose characterized the change inaccurately and the rest of the media ran with that inaccurate characterization. I deleted my retweet, but I decided then and there not to trust any reporters from now on, because all of them who live on Twitter fall prey to reacting to and repeating unverified and uncorroborated information constantly – especially any bit of information that makes Trump look bad. It’s a total journalistic cesspool on Twitter, which is where the news in America is generated.

      • JK

        I thought “we settled on whether we [me an’ you] were gonna be “trusting journos” a. long. time. ago.

        Funny story. Three maybe four years ago … well you know there’s a Little Rock Air Force base which isn’t actually in Little Rock? The base is actually 35 or so miles north of Little Rock. (Little Rock is oh, 160 miles south of me.)

        Anyway a friend of mine’s daughter is posted there, crews in a C-130. She took a photo and posted it to FB along with some narrative about how “The storm clouds are really really bad and so we’re having to move aircraft because of what’s coming at us.” She was apparently on her way to the base when she snapped the photo. Anyway a bunch of her friends showed up “for emergency duty” in Jacksonville Florida and the commanders there were wondering What the hell is wrong with you people?!!

        Mentioned Little Rock Air Force base isn’t in Little Rock? Actually there’s another Jacksonville in the United States – about 35 miles north of Little Rock. In Arkansas. Looks like there’s a Jacksonville in Texas too. Imagine that. Ah the wonders of social media …

        You’ve mentioned y’all being based in Fort Leonard Wood. When you were there was there ever a time when snowfall was in the forecast? Or maybe an ice storm? You want to know what happens whenever snow or ice is predicted anywhere from Fort Leonard Wood to oh, maybe all the way south of me to at least Little Rock? Here’s a pretty good description:

        “Throngs of people rush wily-nily filling up shopping carts without any list or planning, but just because everyone else is buying stuff. It often seems like most people don’t have a single independent thought in their heads – just react to the panic atmosphere.”

        I know I know Friend.

        While I do [usually – depends on what my house weather instruments are indicating] up my situational awareness level whenever there’s tornadic activity forecast for my specific area my level going up generally only means I leave my cop-radio band on to “Alert in immediate vicinity” when I’m figuring on going to bed (usually the expected thunder I figure will be sufficient – my dog hears it long before my ears are even capable and so most times I don’t even bother with Alerts).

        And as I related already about me being the only person in my apartments those few years ago when the ’09 ice storm hit and my having the only apartment the temp never got below 72° and I could do hot meals and my toilet could be flushed?

        Well I don’t expect I’ll be surprising you by mentioning there’s, as I type, a reinforced metal box out in my utility room with seven days food, water, toilet paper, and miscellaneous supplies in that box and a “pretty impressive” first aid kit in my gun cabinet besides? And in our vehicles a three day?

        I hate mindless crowds too LB.

  20. JK

    Hope you’re faring well.

    Recall when “the experts” forgot Jordan was between Saudi Arabia and Syria?

    I suppose that being half a world away it was maybe understandable but this?


    • Thanks, JK, Right now it’s in the low 80s, sunny & blue skies here. Other than that it’s the usual hurricane pandemonium, so I sent my son to the store for a few last minute items this morning. Depending what the situation is in the morning, we will decide whether to stay put or head further inland to our other son’s place. We are about 25 miles from the coast of GA, so it’s not like we’re sitting on the water’s edge.

      There’s a mandatory evacuation for the people east of I-95 and we are about 20 miles to the west of that, meaning ours is a voluntary evacuation.

      This darned hurricane is kind of like the stupid spin war – no matter how fast it spins, it’s not getting anywhere fast… stalled out over Grand Bahama Island now.

      Anywho, my son had showed me that CNN map thing and I wonder if that’s legit or some meme someone posted. My son saw it on facebook. It wouldn’t surprise me if they got it wrong… considering the caliber of journalism these days.

      • JK

        In the midst of your current trials and tribulations LB, I figured you might appreciate a look-back on one of your past’s:


        Or perhaps I ought say, “Ours.”

      • My son pointed out that hit piece on “the expert” to me, JK. This childishness thrives in the Twitter cesspool. Later my son told me that Nichols won that Twitter spat, because Nichols tweeted that he saw that hit piece at NRO written by Regina George and since I had no clue who Regina George is, my son explained that she was queen bitchy girl in the movie, Mean Girls. Umm, needless to say, I never watched that movie.

        I skimmed over that hit piece and frankly, while Nichols’ superior attitude offends me, these petty attack pieces, back and forth speak to a total lack of professionalism among the American pundit and journalist class, who sit on Twitter every day trading insults.

  21. JK

    Simply interested in the accuracies LB (but not so interested in having “JK” being seen validating Trump) in the hours before Dorian hit Puerto Rico “the cone of possible tracks” did actually include Alabama. That is, ‘the American model’ did while ‘the European model’ – with the benefit of hindsight – was the more accurate in the early days of forecasting Dorian.

    But because I wasn’t particularly interested in this latest foofaraw until about … oh whenever, I didn’t bother with making a record of it.

    However …


    Watch through the first two segments, listening closely.

    This fuss is more to do with the “spin wars” the MSM & Trump are running than anything else. Matter of fact whenever some storm is in the mid-Atlantic and is likely to get stronger most of the US weather media starts rubbing its’ collective palms together. Just watch here:


    • The problem isn’t whether Alabama was in some early projections, it’s that Trump went so far as to falsify an official weather map and use it as a visual in a video presentation from the Oval Office. We are entering Soviet territory with that type of disinformation. And now, Trump has the NOAA embroiled in his political battle with the media – thus causing major rifts within the NOAA. That most recent statement from the NOAA bolstered Trump’s Alabama claim and chastised the Birmingham NOAA office for countering Trump’s original tweet, even though on Spet, 1st when Trump made that Alabama claim, which the media criticized, the track of the storm had shifted eastward.

      Trump delights in playing everyone against each other, even his own staff, so now in a crisis, this is what we have to look forward to – zero leadership- and Trump chaos, as far as the eye can see.

      Trump is like a poison to all of the people he influences, bringing out the worst in everyone around him. Nothing good will come from Trump’s decision to make 2020 all about attacking the media. In a crisis, the American people still rely on the media. Hell, now even the NOAA is becoming politicized too. For years now, I’ve warned about an information void in a crisis, well, the warning clouds are growing.

      • JK

        I don’t know LB that I’d go so far as to place an equivalency of what was so obviously a Sharpie with anything close to being near Soviet type disinformation. What the Trump-Gang did was more along the lines of something outta some Looney Tunes character (Wile E. Coyote?) drawing a tunnel on a cliff-face which Roadrunner takes advantage of but just as Wile E. is about to take chase the wind comes and blows the drawing off.

        And NOAA only just now “becoming politicized”? Al Gore would probably take exception to that. Probably the UN too (an example of which just today found me looking through archival material for just such an example:


        I do agree though that Trump’s methods have been the bitterest of pills the public’s ever been subjected to – and that’s the reason my pointing out the early forecasts did actually place Alabama in the crosshairs is on this old post rather than the latest.

        And it doesn’t help when media continues to be Wile E. with Trump being such a poor imitation to play his nemesis.

        (Now I’ll look at that Twitter stuff.)

      • JK

        Good God LB.

        You reckon any of the … oh I don’t know what the proper label for the respondents on a twitter thread is … Not ‘retweeters’ izzit?

        Anyway I went into my email contacts list because I was pretty sure if I wanted to ask somebody from either the NWS or NOAA something I only needed one address – and right as rain …


        Good thing I’m not on Twitter’s approved Tweeterer’s list ’cause otherwise I think I could be the cause of some heartburn.

      • The media effort to takedown Trump is totally corrupt too, JK. I know that. And I doubt anyone involved in that entire corrupt Trump/Russian collusion investigation or corrupt deep-sixing the Clinton Foundation investigation & Hillary’s email investigation will ever be held accountable in any way.

        But Trump’s one-man show spin antics, where he just decides on a whim to tweet crap – like tweeting that satellite photo of an Iran launch site a week ago or this entire Alabama weather map debacle reinforces my long-held belief that Trump is as much a sociopath as Hillary Clinton – willing to do anything to destroy adversaries or people who get in the way.

        Yes, I know the sharpie map is absurd, but Trump is like a spoiled child, who will keep pushing to get away with more and more. He believes his followers will stay loyal, even if he shot someone on 5th Avenue… and many of them probably would.

        If he gets a second term, he’s going to rid himself of anyone who tries to stop him from reckless decisions. He will only tolerate enablers around him.

  22. JK

    Well. I’ve got the only “Go Tulsi!” sign so far as I’m aware in my whole county. Definitely within my city’s limits.

    I’m doing my part I reckon.

  23. JK


    A study on a subject I know we’ve discussed leading to a reasonable conclusion.


    And though no mention of my question/observation is made specifically, what is presented would seem to acknowledge a reason why no increase in prosecutions.

    • Thanks JK. I don’t know if you ever delve into much fiction, but I’m about 2/3 of the way through an audiobook, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. It’s the most captivating story that I’ve come across in a long time. This novel won a Pulitzer Prize and I actually think you would find it interesting, because it’s a WWII setting, a large part of the plot involves signal operations – German and French Resistance, but it’s the eccentric characters and spectacular writing that grabbed me from the beginning.

      I’ve been engrossed in reading for the past few months – over 30 novels, combo of audiobooks, e-books and actual books and somehow I fell into WWII themed novels lately.

      Started with The Women In The Castle – Jessica Shattuck, then The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah, now this Doerr novel and i’m reading the actual book of The Chilbury Ladies Choir – Jennifer Ryan and have Resistance Women – Jennifer Chiaverini sitting here too.

      Kind of slacking on my blogging lately, but same old, same old in the crazy spin war.

  24. JK

    Before going onto what I am intending here I maybe ought say the comment I placed on your most recent may been more appropriately posted here.

    But I do have to say LB, I admire the content of all you say on your first couple paragraphs (being quite the personal acknowledgement that LB) but the – for me – penultimate statement of fact as it’s stood from at least the point at which it became obvious of the IC’s “dirty deedings” was your including this:

    “The abuse of intelligence resources and corrupt spin efforts to takedown Trump has alarmed me the most. Every Dem effort to takedown Trump is a coordinated media spin war effort.” (The abusing of intel – for me – most predominately. But I would offer the opinion that it’s not likely to’ve been ‘just the Dems’ what dunnit but also some elements of the Repubs: See McCain and others for instance.)

    Which brings me to why I’ve returned to this post – seen this?


    I fear we’ve gone past a point of no return but a man can still hope can’t he?

    • Thanks JK, I read that a little while ago. Trump is tweeting away this afternoon, inflicting more damage on himself – the petty name-calling, the fact free rants just feed the Dem’s impeachment effort and especially fuel the media spin waves. If he doesn’t learn to shut-up and exercise some self-discipline he will tweet himself into being impeached and even losing support of Republicans, who are trying to help him.

      There’s no fixing stupid, that’s for sure. Giuliani was a basket case too – they were all running around not knowing what to do.

    • Jk, I am sure you remember the details better than I do about that “new” intel report that Clapper, Comey, and Brennan carted to Trump Tower in early January 2017, where Comey privately informed Trump about the Steele dossier. Did that “new” intel report have any actual new information in it or was it a repeat of the previous report with some news reports cited? That entire meeting was a set-up imo. It just seemed to me like they manufactured that report as cover for launching the Steele dossier media spin attack. That’s what this “whistleblower” complaint feels like to me too – a whole bunch of concocted spin bs.

  25. JK

    What do you make LB of Australia’s “cutting loose[?]” of Downer this way?

    I don’t know Oz Law.

    • JK

    • My first thought was they are worried about that entire Trump-Russian collusion effort to sabotage Trump’s campaign being exposed by the DOJ investigations going on now.

      Trump was massively set-up there with that Steele dossier bs. That was a complete Clinton spin narrative – just like this Impeachment drama and I still suspect. just like Trump the GOP Insurgent (billions in free media to throw the GOP primary into disarray).

      The only thing I’ve never been sure about is if Bill Clinton and Trump initially worked out some “deal” for Trump to run that GOP Insurgency, to gain publicity for his reality show . Still wonder if it was something like that. I wonder if around late 2015/early 2016 when the Clintons unleashed their general effort to Dump on Trump, that Trump felt double-crossed. I don’t believe he ever intended to win. He made no preparations for winning.

      He made comments in the beginning when he was learning how to spin like the Clintons about how he didn’t realize it would work (referring to repetitive spin messaging) and he was fed Clintonesque spin early on.

      I still wonder about that. Doubt we’ll ever know for sure, but that GOP Insurgency spin felt like a Clinton spin creation to me.

      All I know is this impeachment is going to turn into a total nightmare for America.

      Btw, Hillary did some interview for her new book “Gutsy Women”(spin cover for launching her 2020 run) and she was selling that Trump used a too secure system for the transcript of the call with the president of Ukraine and was abusing his power… She is ruthless and will do anything to become the 1st female president. Can you imagine Hillary, of all people, having the audacity to spin using a too secure system as a crime?

      I have some needlework projects I want to get done and books I’m reading right now, so I don’t want to follow the minute-to-minute of this spin crap constantly – will keep track of it, but I miss the old days where there was news from all over America and the world, instead of Dems vs. Trump 24/7.

  26. JK

    Then note at the top right? Where it states “Part 4/4”?

    That next.

    • Thanks JK, I almost done listening to the McCarthy Report. Thanks for these links. I will probably get to John Batchelor in the morning – heading to bed as soon Rich and Andy wind up this podcast.

      Hope all is well with you and yours there.

  27. JK

    Brought her home yesterday afternoon. Absolutely remarkable what the stent has already done. Color’s up, the energy, oh the energy level. Sort of ashamed to say I’m kinda happy she presented at the ER hospital diabetic stress (but on the other hand lucky it was a guy who I’d spent practically my whole young life growing up with that, since I knew so well, it didn’t bother me to “suggest tests” I’d, for whatever reasons not “been inclined to interfere” where her other doctors were concerned” – for one thing he was the first to acknowledge/recognize that, “yes you may be onto something about the possiblity of diabetes, I guess it might be a good idea to send her to a different hospital/cardiologist than the one who’s seen her since her heart attack of 2016. Well I’ll order it and we can both hope her insurance allows it.”

    Which, as it turned out her having the second attack while undergoing the tests he and I’d thought up then, how could the insurance possibly deny? Better – the fact of tests resulting in revealing a 85% blockage which the previously “longer term docs and specialists pooh poohing the likelihood” I’m going to rather enjoy as her next visits to those quacks come up saying, “Damn guys, didn’t I try to tell y’all?” … Then again I guess its possible they (try to) tell her, “Your boyfriend will have to stay in the waiting room for all your future visits!”

    • Good to hear she’s improving, JK. They missed diagnosing diabetes?

      I’m diabetic, have atrial fib and CHF too… it definitely can sap energy levels, that’s for sure.

      • JK

        They did allow as much as “most likely a ‘pre-diabetic condition’ which it won’t be necessary to either monitor and definitely not medicate for.” You perhaps more than most LB can likely imagine hearing me saying something like, “Pre” huh? You fellows learn in med school that ‘pre’ is a prefix which can mean ‘in advance of’? Or are you just more comfortable speaking Greek?”

        (You know LB, Latin’s for lawyers and pols to use to confuse us lay people while Greek’s what scientists and doctors use. “Most of ’em” I think, think they’re largely successful in their efforts but occasionally they’re bound to run up against people like us who’ve read a whole lot of books and’re onto the gameplaying. Sometimes I think they think everybody is ‘journo-gullible.’ Well I’ve got another kind of news for ’em.)

        Anyway, for now not insulin but some med begins with ‘meta’ something and definitely monitoring. Some slight changes where her diet is concerned – mine being already ‘watching salt, sugar, not overdoing the frying, basically a sort of Asia/Mediterranean ‘before there was such a thing’ kind of thing I self-directed after all my overseas stuff. Now I will admit to me gonna be having “some difficulty” adjusting to accommodating to what she’s gonna have to have which is – more (and regular) exercise.

        Oh the sacrifices I’m called upon to make!

        (Don’t say it.)

      • Most common diabetic med for Type II is Metformin, then if blood sugar control gets worse, the usual “protocol” is add some more pills to regulate insulin. When that fails, it’s insulin time. I’m on three meds for diabetes – next step for me, if I don’t work hard on my diet is insulin. Hate to admit it, but I’m the queen of junk food and stress-eating.

  28. JK

    That’s the drug.

    One of them anyway – hard for me to keep up – since about May of ’16 she’d developed some issues requiring some small number of meds (I misspoke the date of her earlier heart attack, August ’17) Which after that the number of varying meds got so many I can’t try to keep up – now there’s at least one additional to the metformin but there may be three as you say.

    Now I do have to say I’m right proud she got off the one kinda drug (which I ain’t gonna spell on the internet) But its efficacy for the problem I had land on me back in ’02 was, I’ll have to say, damn effective. Then again I had some side issues (one of which was a job requirement of having to be armed) which a couple years later I decided to not have but that cut down my ‘physical activity level’ pretty dramatically – Anyways she’s been off that stuff for oh, 8 months? Still whenever I take her to a doc appointment she’s got to carry all, each and every, of ’em which takes a right smart size plastic bag for all those little bottles. Good thing the meds don’t weigh as much as physical gold – which, having looked up some of the price information due to having to decide on a insurance plan they might as well weigh as much – Anyway if the pills weighed like the bag looks she’d have to haul ’em around on a forklift.

    I imagine your “needing to be in proximity” doesn’t help much as concerns you abdicating as queen of stress eating, and with grands around I know how hard it is to keep junk outta the house but I know (least I think I do) you’re pretty active. Me not so much. The recent p/t stuff being exceptional but 90% of the routines they’re having me do don’t require weights being below my knees. And her being around me where ‘physical activity’ is concerned I’ll admit to not being at all, “inspirational.”

    But knowing some things about keeping people motivated as I’ve learned through the years, if I can’t out of thin air conjure her up a ‘exercising pal’ I suppose I’ll just have to fill that role myself. Now its not as if I can’t walk I can, drive to the post office walk in and check the mail, drive my fellow vets up to the beer store for all-round replenishments, yeah I can do that too – poor clerks do have to carry out and load the vehicle though. But the way the heart/diabetes people are describing what she “needs to do” sounds like if I’m gonna have to be providing inspiration I may just simply have to make an exception to my “nothing stronger than ibuprophen thank you” rule.

    But I guess we’ll see.

  29. JK

    Hey LB, figured you’d be the most knowledgeable (and reliable) authority to ask help of.

    Admittedly when the girlfriend got discharged the hospital did provide her some few “very general guidelines” to what sorts of foods to include in a diabetic diet.

    What I’d like to know is the sort of staples (I’ve long been buying in bulk – you recall my being the only “prepared” guy in the apartments back when I endured my ice storm?) Anyway I’d like to know whether there’s something in particular I can lay in a store of by which to form [a] foundation upon which to build various recipes? Can rice serve or would that be a diabetic no-no?

    Too maybe, a couple of sites maybe from where I can build grocery lists?

    Generally what we’ve done in the past – and things usually ‘tight-money-wise’ we shop at places like Aldi’s, got a couple of those big Walmart grocery places within reasonable driving distance (there’s one for instance in the town where I’m having to go twice a week for my p/t).

    Really LB, any sources you think maybe helpful I’d really appreciate. Cookbooks I can buy even. My problem is diabetes isn’t a condition at all common in my gene-set, on either side (paternal or maternal) I can’t think of a single person going so far as second cousins with the condition.

    • JK

      Oh by the way, fall temperatures will very likely be heading in your direction. Very thankfully and welcome for us we haven’t run our ac in a week – and though I consider myself “a thoughtful person” (don’t laugh) I’ve become quite unsympathetic where my local electric utility’s financial condition is concerned.

    • I’ll look for some websites JK, The truth is I am probably the last person to ask about a healthy diabetic diet, because I do a terrible job at following one.

      When I was initially diagnosed my primary care was still at the local Army hospital, even though my husband was a retiree (later moved to an off-post civilian doctor for my primary care). The local Army hospital required 2 classes in diabetic education as part of the treatment plan. The dietician talked a lot about portion control and easy ways to gauge that – like your portion of lean meat should be the size of a deck of cards, kind of info. It’s a low-carb, low-fat, low-salt diet, opting for lots of fresh veggies and moderate amounts of fresh fruits, lean protein. The main thing though is cutting carbs, so building meals around rice isn’t going to be a good idea.

      Honestly, I have a hard time sticking to anything remotely resembling a healthy diet, because of my love of junk food, problems with portion control and stress eating. If I am worried or stressed, I reach for a bag of tortilla chips or something like that. I go through good times with my diet, but I always start slipping back into my bad habits – going through one of my trying to get back on track periods right now, in fact.

      Another thing that is an absolute no-no is regular soda, because of the high-sugar content. A lot of juices are bad too – same reason, high-sugar.

      There are lots of diabetic diet plans, some with counting carb intake and others focusing on eating only certain things. It’s probably easier to try to modify your regular diet than to try to switch to buying all kinds special diabetic food. Like if you like rice, eat a small portion and add lots of fresh vegetables and a lean protein to kind of round out your meal rather than try to eliminate everything you now eat. That’s my opinion, not medical advice.

      Everybody’s body is different, so checking your blood sugar regularly (follow the doctor’s guidance on that) will quickly give you an idea about which things you eat shoot your blood sugar up. I go through periods where I am conscientious about checking my blood sugar and other times where I am not, honestly ,and the times when my diet is off the rails is naturally when I don’t check my blood sugar like I should. Then I’ll start feeling like crap, give myself a lecture and try to get back on track with my diet. My kids nag me a lot… “Should you be eating that? You know you’re diabetic!” … They’ve given me cookbooks, recommended apps to monitor my diet, that sort of stuff.

      You can find healthy food choices at Walmart, which is where I do a lot of my grocery shopping since there’s a Walmart Neighborhood Market right at the end of my street now and the Walmart Supercenter is 3 miles down the road. We have a Food Lion and Kroger’s too, but I am a loyal Walmart shopper, since I worked there many years. I also use the commissary on-post, but mostly for buying meat and I go there usually when I’m picking up our medicine at the refill pharmacy on-post.

  30. JK

    Might want to listen to this before posting about Syria exit:


    Not meaning I think you’d, very basically speaking, disagree.

    • JK

      Oh and thanks for the hints. From what I’ve read on some sites the Med diet I’d already adopted would be okay for her too.

    • JK, my basic problem with Trump’s decision is the one I have with just about every Trump decision – it’s how he always makes the decisions impulsively, leaving even his closest advisers in the dark and with no plan whatsoever in place to deal with all the issues involved with carrying out his decision. He left top US generals in the dark about a major policy shift – didn’t want their input, didn’t care about any concerns or even allow them time to plan anything.

      All the hoopla about getting out of “endless wars” is just a campaign slogan to Trump and that’s about as deep as his policy thinking goes – slogans and bs rally chants.

      You know I haven’t agreed with getting involved in Syria, think the US democracy in the ME/nation-building project has been a disaster for US national interests in the region, for the US military and for America military commitments around the globe (total force drain to keep pouring troops into the ME on fruitless missions at achieving either goal- defeating radical Islam or promoting democracy in ME).

      That said, Trump is just going to create more chaos getting rolled by strongmen, whom he admires. Trump made no actual plan here – he just got rolled by Erdogan. Larger problem is the Kurds are guarding upwards of 12,000 ISIS fighters, whom Trump even acknowledged, many will flee back into Europe, and Trump doesn’t recognize that’s not just a problem for those “weak” Europe allies he holds in contempt, it’s a problem for us too. We have lots of American interests in Europe and as 9/11 showed planning and Al Qaeda connected to that attack came from Europe.

      Turkey was allowing ISIS fighters to cross into Syria, along with military hardware all along, so to entrust Erdogan with securing ISIS prisoners makes no sense whatsoever.

      Yes, I realize the Turks have no use for the Kurds in general, but the PKK specifically and with good reason with the PKK, but overall Turkay had no problem throwing a wrench in US efforts to fight ISIS in Iraq, long before this Syria situation, so the whole Trumper, “Turkey is our NATO ally crap” is bs – because where was Turkey, our NATO ally, when they were denying us overflight in Iraq?

      If we really want to pull out these ME wars, we need some plans to try to mitigate some of the chaos, especially within our own military. The “we don’t want war with Turkey’ is just a face-saving talking point some Trump-supporters came up with, imo.

      I’m pretty simple about this – regardless how I feel about the Syria mess or larger democracy project efforts, once the US commits we deal with what we’ve got and preventing 12,000 ISIS prisoners from escaping is a higher priority to US national interest than Turkey’s feeling about the PKK. And the Kurds (all of them) who fought with us, well, we owe them more than to set them up to be slaughtered. Trump made no plans to prevent either of these things from happening – he was looking for a spin line for his reality TV show presidency, “Another promise kept”. That is all Trump is good for – running his daily TV reality show presidency looking for new themes for his “one man against the media mob” spin melodrama.

  31. JK

    “my basic problem with Trump’s decision is the one I have with just about every Trump decision – it’s how he always makes the decisions impulsively, leaving even his closest advisers in the dark ….”

    I’m not sure I agree with that. Sure it was a campaign promise which, as a longish time American voter I’ve got over the years I’ve exercised my franchise to, grown accustomed to each and every political office hopeful, saying some version of “Well I didn’t understand the complexities.”

    But still, wasn’t it early last year Trump told …


    “That said, Trump is just going to create more chaos”

    I can’t recall a time … going back for me to Goober Carter (and even before my coming of age Eisenhower with Suez) that the ME hasn’t been a pretty effective ‘chaos incubator’ all by its own lonesome. I should think that, as the WaPo reported the military’s getting “instructed to begin planning for withdrawal” a full eighteen months ago the military might have done a better job of contingency planning. As well with Turkish forces having an established ‘expeditionary force’ in the environs of Idlib and the Syrians along with their Russian allies making no secret of their intentions toward that very same city (which assault began in earnest barely two months ago) it surely had to be realized somewhere in the Pentagon the probability of US forces finding themselves in the very midst of “more chaos” was nearing 100%. I shudder to think what may have happened had some “unaligned freedom fighter” got it in his head that a couple weeks from today would be a propitious time for a little chemical assistance.

    “The .. we don’t want war with Turkey’ is just a face-saving talking point some Trump-supporters came up with.”

    Don’t know I’d call Andy a ‘Trump-supporter’ but for what it’s worth:


    • JK, You and I probably agree on many of the previous foreign policy disasters, but with Trump from my observations, how he operates reminds me very much like the last store manager I worked for at Walmart – an extremely toxic leader, but he was also very talented at merchandising, while at the same time totally lacking in integrity. He loved to play people against each other, even his own management team. It was constant turmoil, while he targeted the next person to take the blame for all the problems his own chaotic management style created. Trump is that same leadership style in the highest office in the land.

      I think Andrew McCarthy is more a Clinton/Obama realist on just how misguided their Arab Spring efforts really were, along with having a clear-eyed view to the massive corruption within the highest levels of the Obama administration, especially Madame Secretary and her “but, my emails.”

      Just how many ideas from the Pentagon do you really think Trump would listen to, even if he did tell them to plan? He doesn’t listen to any of his advisers. He plays them against each other, wages whispering campaigns within his own team, to cause constant drama and in-fighting. He’s already getting ready to throw another personal lawyer under the bus.

      Trump wants to cut big photo-op “great deals” that he can spin for his Reality TV presidency show. And that means he loves skipping all the lower-level diplomatic legwork that goes into those big foreign policy deals. He stages these photo-op meeting with America’s adversaries, walks in and thinks his own genius alone will produce “great deals” and then he gets played every single time. He doesn’t even have a clue what US interests are in these deals, only his mishmash of policy crap he listens to on TV or from his assorted screwball friends and “policy experts”, like the Seb Gorka types.

  32. JK

    “Just how many ideas from the Pentagon do you really think Trump would listen to, even if he did tell them to plan? He doesn’t listen to any of his advisers.”

    Well if this Mr. Carafano fellow I’m about to link you to knows what he’s talking about, I’d have to admit probably more than either of us would have guessed in a million years.

    There’s some maybe six minutes and fifty-nine seconds, maybe seven and some odd seconds before the pertinent conversation begins. Handily there’s a transcript which I found very useful so I could refer back as I think useful:


    • “The real problem would be the precedent of a de facto intelligence community veto over elections, using the lunatic spookworld brand of politics that has dominated the last three years of anti-Trump agitation.”

      Well, JK, it’s not really a “de facto intelligence community veto over elections”, it’s a faction within the intelligence community acting as personal intelligence operatives for the “shadow government” of the Clinton/Dem machine – they leak information to the media and to top Dems, they collude with these Dem “leaders” to cripple the Trump administration from functioning.

      This Clinton/Dem shadow government operated throughout GWB’s entire presidency to do the same thing and the media-fueled BushDerangementSyndrome efforts ran at fevered-pitch all 8 years.

      The difference is Trump. Trump decided to wage his own spin war against the Clinton/Dem scorched earth spin efforts, while GWB just kept trying to avoid the spin fray and do his job, but the stealth war to destroy his presidency, waged by this same Clinton/Dem shadow government, effectively crippled his second term.

      The FL hanging chad nightmare was a prelude to the new way the Dems were going to deal with election outcomes they don’t like and it’s largely driven by corrupt Clinton sleaze operatives.

      I think Trump is unfit to be president, but I have argued against every flimsy Dem effort to impeach or destroy his presidency, including this current “impeachment inquiry” that isn’t really an impeachment effort that offers any sense of fairness or legitimacy to the process. For the good of America, I believe it’s best to let the American people decide who should be president at the ballot box.

      The media rushes to propel each new Dem effort to takedown Trump, so they’ve become willing to run any dirt on Trump, much of it fueled by hyping “unnamed intelligence sources” or “former officials”, so we have a this endless mainstream media vs. FOX battle for dominating the news “spin battlefield” and none of this bodes well for America.

      What this Taibbi guy wrote in this article looks well on its way to happening – when Durham’s report and the FISA report drop, if the Dems and their media machine refuse to accept any of the findings, waging a massive spin effort to discredit the reports (well underway with the Barr smear campaign), they will refuse to obey the law, I expect.

      We’re well on the way to lawlessness, but then again, I knew we were on that path in 1998, when I was attacked in my home by a retired general. I believe he was fed false information about me and an off-the-books illegal Clinton domestic “policing” effort ensued. One powerless homemaker against the vast Clinton/Dem political machine… knowing that the only thing that would have any hope of dragging this vast corrupt political machine to justice is the largest RICO investigation in US history and a plan to defeat their scorched earth spin information war.

      The reason they are so desperate to destroy Trump is he poses the first real threat to their control of scorched earth spin in America. He managed to break through, creating his own spin network to compete against their control of the mainstream media and Hollywood spin, but he can’t defeat them – it’s a static battle.

  33. JK


    The purported ABC segments definitely did not come from Syria. Not in this timeframe at any rate. (I took the trouble to feed my computer’s video signal to our 68 inch widescreen tv and single-framed it) Too many leaves remain on the trees, too many trees. Too many tracers from too few placements. No artillery. Too much too much.

    “it’s a faction within the intelligence community”

    Yes but the real problem is, is that the faction are the (former) executive level operators. The “telegenic communicators” in other words (telegenic not being the same thing as ‘handsome’).

    • JK, I appreciate McCarthy’s analysis and how he doesn’t hyperventilate like so many other of the pundit class.

      I’m assuming you read about ABC running a video they claimed was fighting in Syria, but ended up being edited video of some Kentucky

      “ABC News ran multiple segments incorrectly claiming that the “footage obtained by ABC News” showed Turkish attacks against the Kurds in a Syrian border town, though in truth it was footage from a biannual pyrotechnic event at a West Point, Kentucky, gun range in 2016 or 2017.”


      This reporter at the Washington Examiner thinks he’s figured out how ABC came up with that video – a former mayor of Ankara, reported to be an online troll/conspiracy theorist had posted that video online several days ago. That’s what happens when clueless American journalists trust foreign sources that are advancing the anti-Trump spin narrative they’re all rushing to hype.

      On Twitter, I’ve watched so many journalists rush to retweet anti-Trump stories, without doing any fact-checking of their own. Then many times, hours later after these stories collapse all they do is say they’re deleting the tweet, as if that atones for their deliberately reckless “reporting”. Often these stories have been retweeted thousands of times, before the story implodes

      Love Trump or hate him, watching the total abandonment of any sort of journalistic standards, as they try to destroy Trump, has destroyed their own credibility completely.

      They make a way stronger case that they’re “fake news” than Trump’s taunting them does. It’s a slow motion information trainwreck unfolding.

      • JK

        Well where the ME is concerned in “drumming up support for the US to do something” is, unfortunately, a long tradition:


        Too bad though the ABC journos couldn’t have done what I, very simply did. Surely, one would think “major media outlets” are at least as equipped as most modernish US homes ie a computer and a widescreen tv.

        And, at least in the Syria episode, knowing that along the Turkey/Syria border (not near the coast though) cedars vastly, vastly outnumber hardwoods. Indeed the region where the incursion has taken place trees of any kind are a rarity.

        But then I’ve (almost) managed to resign myself to people now coming out of our education industrial complex to have never been exposed to the study of geography.

      • JK, I suspect geography has been replaced by one or another of the “cultural awareness” training programs that form the core curriculum of becoming an adequately woke member of our PC culture. I was told by one of my kids that no one uses maps when traveling anymore, they use one of those GPS navigation apps that guides them. I still travel with actual road maps in my car – call me old-fashioned, but I don’t like being totally reliant on a cell phone.

        That link you provided hit on the other aspect of propaganda that blows hot across the ME, especially directed toward Western media – videos showing alleged atrocities, especially dead children. There was a video of a wailing woman holding a dead child circulating on Twitter a couple days before this ABC screw-up. People who should know better (American journos and pundits) jumped on board retweeting it. There was no identifying information about the video – not who shot it, when and where it was shot, who the people were in the video, how the child died (assuming the child was even dead) – looked sort of odd at one point as the lady was wailing and lifting the child higher, it appeared like the child’s eyes had partially opened.

        Paint me hard-hearted, but I wanted more information before getting emotionally invested in some video of unknown origins circulating on social media.

  34. JK

    Incidentally …

    I’ve been “in touch with” a Senator representing my state expressing my opinion (I’m taking care to excise identifying information and, “some portion” of what I conveyed. … But as we’ve long discussed these such subjects as well as, this thread in particular being so old I’m figuring your figuring what I may be leaving out may be “filled in” without too many not getting into your older stuff (I hope) …

    ” …”

    However I do not support pulling US Forces entirely from Syria. I suggest consolidating forces concentrating around the Syrian provincial city of Dayr al-Zawr (alternately spelled Deir ez Zor, depending on source) capable of assisting in force extending some distance toward Jordan (Al Tanf) fortifying and consolidating from say, ar Raqqa (on the Euphrates) Syria to the entirety of the Kurdish Autonomous Zone of Iraq. If any Kurds are truly “our allies” it’s the Iraqi Kurds – and I’m informed Iraq’s Kurds get along better with the Turks than Syria’s Kurds.”

    “I choose the provincial capital which is Dayr al-Zawr not on a whim but because I am intimately familiar with West Point’s CTC 2007 publication of “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq, A First Look at the Sinjar Files.” Too I am familiar with the various iterations of what our media has settled upon as ISIS – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s first AQI next ISIL then IS (Daesh) presently collectively agreed upon ISIS.”



    “… if you’ll take a look at a map showing the routes Iran appears to be building toward the Golan I think you’d agree if we concentrate on Syria’s easternmost province, extending support as necessary toward Jordan, we should be more effective cutting the southern route and a great deal of the central route. And as the Israelis seem to be enjoying better relations with the Russians than we’re allowed to enjoy, my guess is the Russians and the Israelis can likely work out a more cost effective means of interdicting the northern route. Too it wouldn’t surprise me if the Iraqi Kurds would be willing to work out a deal with both the Israelis and the Russians to give them a hand.”

    • JK

      What a difference a week makes …


      (Just musing here please be understanding but, I’m thinking maybe my letter (subsequent to my sending it to just the one Senator … after the House voted its’ displeasure at the pullout … I sent it to my entire delegation) … Anyway reading between the lines of what ol’ Lindsey “seems to be” saying seems to track fairly closely with the strategy I included in my communications. Could be sheer coincidence of course …)

      • Jk, I am so disgusted with Trump’s total ineptitude with how he’s handled the Syria mess his own big mouth caused. The Trump chorus pieced together some talking points to spin Trump’s getting rolled by Erdogan as brilliant strategy and Trump “keeping his word” to end “endless wars”, but today’s spin shifted to “Trump didn’t withdraw, just relocated”, so I guess that cancels the ending “endless wars” spin.

        The Pentagon doesn’t want to withdraw completely and watch those ISIS prisoners scatter or Kurds get annihilated, so western Iraq and a lot of foot dragging doing that seems to be the only viable option left to try to mitigate complete disaster.

        Trump is a total idiot, who knows nothing about foreign policy, nothing about the military and assuredly nothing about protecting US interests anywhere in the world.

        I’m even more sick of his followers, who keep making excuses for him. Today he backed down from his decision to hold the G-7 meeting at Doral and Mulvaney spun that as “At the end of the day, you know, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business.”

        What a load of crap. Trump knew that was totally corrupt, just like all the cons he pulls, especially on his 5th Avenue Loyalist followers, whom he knows will buy into any bs he sells. This is just like in 2016 he was still trying to work out a deal for Trump Moscow, because he didn’t expect to win and wanted to profit off of his “GOP Insurgent” spin show to wreck the GOP. He is a totally corrupt con man, who lies constantly.

        Sadly, the Dem 2020 line-up seems to be an assorted bunch of loons, crooks and liars too.

        We are doomed.

      • JK, I do watch The Conservative Treehouse twitter account, but rarely click on that site, because in my mind I put large question marks by that site. Too many red flags in my mind about how that site evolved from the Obama years, fixating on racial cases and the Obama administration, hyping “crowdsourcing”, encouraging every racist and wild conspiracy theorist to participate in conjuring up even wilder conspiracy theories and then with Trump, it became Trump Polling Central, with up-to-minute, inside-the-campaign updates. Add that to the hokey Bible verses and constant replay of a photo of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier they run, well, something bothers me about that site along with several other “conservative” sites that went all Trumpy in 2015.

        I pretty much had written off most of the “Trump/Russian Collusion” stuff after the Dems rode that spin hysteria into the ground, but I still have some large question marks in my mind about more long-running online Russian info war operations in America, so I just keep observing how things “evolve” on various sites.

        As to Trump and his Russian connections – the arrests in NY of those two Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, might cause me to reevaluate Russian money connections to Trump… Time will tell what shakes out of that mess.

        If the Dems hadn’t been so corrupt in how they’ve tried to takedown Trump, they might have been able to avoid causing so many Republicans to automatically discount everything they uncover. The Trump/Parnas ties go back years…

        Oh, my just went to Twitter and a WSJ reporter has a tweet thread of photos from Parnas’ Instagram account going back several years of Parnas with the Trump family – even a photo with Trump’s ex – Ivana: https://twitter.com/shelbyholliday/status/1186225160883449857

  35. JK

    Immediately upon my leaving her I checked (well I bet you got a good idea where next I went)

    Shall we listen together?


    • JK

      Oops. Leaving here.

      I ought really really proofread on here most especially.

      There’s a lot of iron skillets laying about where my desktop is.

  36. JK

    Replying to this comment LB, “JK, I do watch The Conservative Treehouse twitter account, but rarely click on that site.”

    Somebody on another blog thread I was talking with mentioned Lindsey’s change of heart and so I searched for the clip. I’d actually expected Daily Beast to probably have it (they’re usually pretty dependable where the availability of Sunday Shows coverage is concerned). But Treehouse was what came up.

    Generally speaking, I don’t enjoy “the funhouse” nature of the commentors on that site.

  37. JK

    Given LB, the general thrust of your three most recent posts (and in the context of DOJ “apparently” changing from an inquiry to a criminal investigation) it’ll very likely be of extreme help to you to read from a motion entered mere hours before the NYT dropped its most recent “bombshell.”

    Recall how very important the footnotes from the Mueller Report turned out to be once Mueller was “persuaded he must give testimony”?

    Well, study the paragraphs themselves which signify there’re associated footnotes as well as, in particular, footnotes 12 & 13:

    Only now can we begin to glimmer the import of the, to the best of my memory 2017 decision issued by Judge Collyer and most recently, that of Judge Boasberg.

    • So much partisan legal maneuvering and attacks underway, that my head is swimming trying to keep track of them today, let alone make sense of the Takedown Trump efforts, the Resist Clinton/Obama investigation efforts, the Barr Russian Investigation origin effort, the Republican Congressional Process effort and Trump’s one-man show defense effort… then add in the Giuliani circus clown acts and all the media crazy.

      It’s a totally bonkers spin day.

      • JK


        Reckon we’ll ever get back to (even resembling) normal?

      • Not anytime soon, I fear. Hey JK, reading this court-filing document from your previous comment and in the beginning the Flynn lawyers mention the FBI set-up – an ambush interview of Flynn (page 5), well Undercover Huber tweeted that IC Resist contingent ambushed Coats with a Russian Collusion briefing hours after Coats took office and Maguire was ambushed with a briefing on the whistleblower complaint. Looks like the “ambush” tactic is a feature, not a bug of the Dem efforts to wreak havoc on Trump’s dealings with IC.

  38. JK

    Wasn’t aware that Coats was – but had I been aware of the “ambush” being a thing that’s how I’d definitely described it. Bearing in mind of course Maguire accustomed to the “old way” an Urgent Report’d always been handled up to September of this year (yeah the revision documentation was dated August but the system hadn’t been updated until Schiff was fully prepared to ‘pull the trigger’ with the whistleblower until the 27th)

    Anyway, if you’ll recall (from the C-Spanned interrogation) right out of the chute Schiff with him being the one making (as Chair) the first opening statement, kept making a big deal to Maguire of “and you didn’t recognize this was urgent?” Yeah I’d call that an ambush.

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