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

    “There is no way to “win” the circle game. All you can do is avoid looking for as long as you can. The game that keeps the “OK” hand sign in the news is even harder: getting trolled is harder to avoid when actual white supremacy has crept out of the shadows, and especially when its adherents are targeting you. You cant’ stop seeing it, and everybody keeps punching each other in the arm.”


    I seem to remember LB, mentioning to you that, coming from where I do that I have been around “real” white supremacists? “Real” KKK? “Real” Aryan Nations characters?




    My point is, having been around these types I consider myself qualified to comment on whether this current purported hand-sign-racism is, historically based and likewise “real”?

    My response is, unequivocally, “No.”

  2. JK

    I’ll let you decide LB. I’m pretty sure I need not state anything.


    • JK, Stelter proves himself a liberal hack constantly, but he’s not alone.

      Trump breaking through the Dem lock on spin war in the media did expose the total corruption of the media – across the board, from FOX often looking like American Pravda and CNN and MSNBC looking like people in need of serious therapy for their Trump Derangement Syndrome, but geesh, I miss the days when the media reported on… news happening around the world. All we get are Trump outrage TDS meltdowns on one side and bizarro “Hail Trump” garabage on FOX.

      Everyday now on Twitter is each side of media spin warriors highlighting the other side’s hypocrisy or outraged takes on each other’s reporting… and always Trump, Trump, Trump.

      Before Trump entered the race in 2015, I don’t think I ever gave a moment’s thought to Donald J. Trump and never even watched his reality TV show.

      I miss those days.

      • JK

        To your last paragraph LB, and as it happens just last evening my Mom came to eat supper (not being a ‘borned-hillbilly’ you probably call it ‘dinner’ lol) But anyway …

        I asked, observed is probably more accurate, “You know I can remember a time when Presidents hardly ever intruded into my everyday conscious thoughts; a time when, if I happened to have ‘politics’ on my mind whatsoever it was generally to do with some legislation Congress had before it or some Congressman specifically.”

        Mom says, “You’re right. Usually until about the late 90s Presidents – of either party – were the last people to come to mind whenever the subject came up. I think we made a mistake when we stopped electing Bill Clinton giving him a chance to move to Washington.”

        (One must keep in mind Clinton hanging around Arkansas politics for nigh on 20 years – everything from Hot Springs’ Dogcatcher to Attorney General and then Governor. I wish to extend my apologies to the nation on Arkansas’ behalf. Oh why couldn’t Bill have fallen for some nice hillbilly gal and settled down and kept quiet!)

        I miss those days too LB.

      • Well, JK, in my neck of the woods, we called it supper too.

        I skipped almost all of the speechifying in the House today, except for a few minutes here or there when I was helping my husband and he keeps the TV in the sunroom (glorified back porch that we closed in with windows years ago and added AC/heat) tuned to FOX News all day long.

        What a boring sideshow – on both sides.

  3. JK

    One last thing. Somebody just after Boris and Co. gaining the huge majority over in GB so recently made a remark about “Now people probably realize that Twitter isn’t the real world.” Something like that anyway.

    Too bad the Twitterati can’t, apparently, see that.

    • Yep, JK, I’ve been wondering why no one in the FBI seemed concerned about Steele’s purported Russian sources, but even more damning is Comey repeatedly denied even knowing the Clinton campaign and DNC paid for the Steele dossier through Perkin Coie and Fusion GPS.

      Comey practiced willful blindness with Clinton corruption, despite his being fully aware of how the Clintons operate. He was part of a Congressional investigative team into Clinton corruption, back in the Clinton years…

      I think he cared more about being the FBI director more than he cared about fact-finding.

  4. JK

    Merry Christmas LB

  5. JK

    Hope your day was the best it could be LB. Mom drove me and Girlfriend to a town ’bout 40 minutes away and bought us Chinese (no dishes!) and that was pretty good.

    Anyway why I dropped by – I was listening to Buck Sexton’s podcast (his sense of humor/irony/silliness are much like – in my opinion of course – mine) and anyway he mentioned a Charles Cooke article and now me being five paragraphs in find myself recommending it to yourself – think of it as my inexpensive gift to yourself.


    • Why thank you, JK! I had read that and even intended to mention it in a blog post… except I didn’t get any blog post written. Happens a lot now, where I intend to write a blog post, but don’t get to it.

      This is no lie, I’ve been reading info on dementia caregiver advice and there are lots of good dementia caregiver videos from medical experts on how to handle the challenges.

      Good thing, I suppose, most of my husband’s challenging behaviors are pretty common with people with dementia, which made me feel like I’m not in an unique situation, but it’s still harder than I imagined. And I dealt with some dementia caregiver stuff when I was a teenager, helping care for my great-grandmother. I thought she was the most difficult person with dementia ever… until now, dealing with my husband. Most days now are constant commotion (the bizarre angry outbursts/constant confusion/same questions over and over). Dealing with all of this leaves me just mentally exhausted many days.

  6. JK

    You follow much twitter yesterday, and if so, is the gist of what’s here correct?


    Specifically what’s alleged in the 2nd paragraph.

    • Happy New Year, JK. I was on Twitter here and there throughout the day and that second paragraph sums it up accurately, but hell, here’s the WaPo Beirut bureau chief, Liz Sly:

      She asserted Iraq embassy was bigger than Benghazi and Lebanon 1984 – she went with, “It’s more like Saigon. After today, how do the Americans trapped inside the embassy leave except by helicopter?”

      Glad to see Trump acted quickly and in my view, thus far totally appropriately. On Twitter this morning CNN kept retweeting stories about Trump resorts and their hiring illegal immigrants, trying to bypass any positive news from Trump’s prompt action, I think.

      The liberal media is way past biased, they’re corrupt to the core, running scorched earth spin to take down Trump 24/7. You know I disapprove of Trump embracing his self-styled version of spin war, but it is amazing that with the entire mainstream media and the liberal establishment that he still hasn’t been crushed.

      I think their insane spin war is now so blatantly dishonest, that the media does more to discredit themselves than to damage Trump. And we are now officially into a presidential election year… oh yay, lol.

      • JK

        Yep. Nothing say’s “Why don’t y’all take a chill pill?” like having the 82nd Airborne loaded, in the air, and headed your way within six hours.

        And a Rapid Deployment Marine Brigade already there within two waiting for reinforcement from their Army brethren. And those Apaches dropping flares within your ranks probably didn’t hurt either.


        Oh God LB does it mean it’s gonna be worse now it’s “officially”?!!

      • Well, JK, I truly still would never vote for Trump, Hillary or the current crop of Dems running for president, but I do understand so many Trump supporters’ delight in owning sanctimonious, media and liberal elites, as their full-throttle Trump derangement spin antics hit a brick wall. Probably because I’ve wanted to see the Dem/mainstream media corrupt spin war go down in flames for decades.

        Of course, I don’t think Trump’s corrupt spin war garbage bodes any better for America than the Dem version.

        That said, Trump handled this crisis totally appropriately in my book – so far. All that liberal media “Trump’s Benghazi” disintegrated in a glorious heap.

        2020, I fear, will be even more corrupt and off-the-rails than 2016… especially if (when) Hillary jumps in.

  7. JK

    Remember my “explaining” what the carriers would need to do in the event of open warfare in the Gulf?


    If that’s accurate (or even if it isn’t) looks to me like things is getting dicey.

  8. JK

    Me too actually LB:

    “The embassy attack was intended by Iran as a public act of ritual humiliation, and the United States had no choice but to respond. Trump chose to respond by subjecting Iran to an even more poignant form of humiliation, by assassinating a national hero, Gen. Qassam Sulemaini. It is easy to criticize the US president, but harder to recommend an alternative course of action.”


    • JK, with so many of these regimes, seems to me it’s hard to assess how stable they are internally, which goes a long way to assessing how they might respond to external threats.

      Best to prepare for the worst, but then again, Iranian leaders will be calculating how much humiliation the regime leadership can withstand and still maintain that aura of invincibility required to quell internal dissension and also, maintain strong backing from allies.

      The modern age of digital communications makes it impossible for Iranian leaders to totally cut off their population from what’s happening around the world these days and harder to suppress them. What would be deadly for the regime would be for the dissident factions in Iran to feel emboldened by perceiving Iranian leadership weakened by external humiliations and defeats.

  9. JK

    The subject of this article I just got off John Batchelor’s show as well. Of course the article came before the airstrike – figured you could just, if you wanted, hit JB’s site from that one above and listen to this one. Never having noticed you using a link that featured on the show I didn’t know you knew to scroll down below whatever the subject is (was):


  10. JK

    Yeah I saw the 27th bit but like yourself can’t recall either. Reading alot of stuff so I guess it’s normal to be overloaded.

    • Thanks for this link, JK. As you well know, I have not, and still am not, a Trump supporter, but I support him completely on trying a new approach with dealing Iran. I support his decision to take action, instead of caving to the massive, crippling fear-mongering and inaction that comes with bowing to the foreign policy “experts (mostly leftists, but assuredly all anti-Trumpers.)

      I agree with Henninger’s take on the situation. Trump responded forcefully and didn’t buckle to the enormous Leftist spin backlash (of which a goodly portion is hostile foreign-driven propaganda efforts).

      Trump may have just broken through decades of conventional wisdom and forced Iran to blink.

  11. JK

    LB we started our analysis at pretty much at the same time and though originally the thinking was to just go with what the IG presented Mark figured, as he said “I think we need to take a deeper dive, do a compare and contrast.”

    Candidly I was sick of it and couldn’t imagine how looking at ‘other stuff’ could possibly be helpful so I quit (my emails indicate the last one I sent him was December 2nd). So basically what you read here is all Mark’s.

    (I was … again basically, limiting my thinking more along the lines of what Andy’d seemed interested in. It didn’t occur to me to have anything to do with what Team Hillary had in mind. I see now I maybe made a mistake but that’s water under the bridge – full credit is owed to Mark.

    I think you can guess what I think but I’d like your opinion unadulterated:


  12. Quite a lot to ponder here, JK. I didn’t read the report and frankly, I’m not stressing myself with trying to find time to read all these government reports anymore. I don’t think either political party or the entrenched bureaucracy want to make too many waves in their cushy DC swamp or hold any of their elites accountable anyway. They all talk big, to include Trump, about “draining the swamp” or pontificating about “saving our democracy” and all they really want to do is score cheap partisan political points or inflict some political damage on the other side. None of them truly care about upholding the rule of law, imo.

    That entire Steele dossier circle of Steele, Dem lawyers connected to Perkins Coie, and Clinton cronies seeding the Steele dossier information into official channels, seeding it into the media and then FBI officials (McCabe and Page were mentioned in that, if my memory serves me,) turned around and both reseeded some of that information back to the media as verified FBI information. It’s all a sad commentary, not just on political corruption, but of the total corruption of investigative standards at the FBI, certainly, but the news media, especially the prestigious NYT and WaPo are just massive spin operations/lazy reporting.

    The level of corruption, laziness, lack of investigative standards, lack of integrity used to shock me, but I don’t think this lack of ability to analyze information is just a problem with the media or the FBI – it’s pervasive in our digitized society. Most people don’t even read through entire news articles – they read the first few sentences, if that. On social media, often they only read the headline, quote or sentence used to describe the story. Sadly, it often seems like the real lede ends up buried many paragraphs into the story.

    Perhaps, the most disturbing part of our media/government information bubble, I fear, seems like the the information chain journalists and our government rely on resembles more the game of telephone than it does any sort of serious vetting process.

  13. JK

    There’s a couple with Roggio and Jocelynn this evening too

    • Thanks for this link, JK. I didn’t get to it today and then tonight the Iranian missile attack/propaganda blitz had my attention.

      Twitter was a nightmare of hysterical propaganda efforts (domestic and foreign, I think). Anyways, some “experts” were saying this attack was just a face-saving exercise for Iran’s domestic audience, but I think it was also a test run for their foreign saber-rattling propaganda effort. Some Iranian official tried to then sell this attack as justified retaliation for the illegal killing of Suleimani. and saying Iran doesn’t want escalation.

      All of this attack seemed phony bs to me – I mean, yes, I know the attack happened and Iran claimed it and therein lies the whole problem. Iran’s big on going after soft targets, so this felt all wrong to me.

      A lot of “pundits” and “experts” leaped on that Iranian officials’s statement after the attack, as if it’s a real Iranian offer to tone things down. It felt like total bs, from start to finish.

      Anyways, this journalist, who is an American of Iranian descent, tweeted this long thread of his take and he thinks there’s assuredly more to come to avenge the killing of Suleimani. the entire thread was interesting – he listed Iranian attacks and info, but here was his take:

      Then there was this other bit about the Obama administration determined effort to get their Iran deal – even cutting a deal to get UN sanctions on Suleimani lifted and get his funds unfrozen:

      Do people even realize how misguided and reckless the Obama foreign policy efforts were?

      Yet, the mainstream media keeps selling former Obama officials as trustworthy foreign policy experts we should listen to…

      • JK

        “Do people even realize how misguided and reckless the Obama foreign policy efforts were?”

        Some do. Some refuse to.

  14. JK

    I’m only on the third segment but already find myself pleased with the “sober debate”


    • Thanks, JK, long, trying day here with the caregiver stuff, so I haven’t even gotten through the first segment. Every few minutes today my husband needs help with something or asks the same questions over and over. Dementia and mobility have gotten a lot worse in the past year and a half.

      • JK

        Feel for your situation LB why, while I check in on this some few times a day I know not to expect you’re able to. My girlfriend was the *head honcho (nurse & chief bottle washer – sort of a ‘Chief of Staff’) of a care facility where probably 60% of the 250 or so patients had some variety of dementia problem and near 95% mobility issues or a combination she’s clued me in on what your likely situation is. Hang in there Friend.

      • Thanks JK, the neurosurgeon told me that sometimes in normal pressure hydrocephalus patients with dementia, the progression is slower than with Alzheimer’s, but the progression is still all downward. The neurosurgeon did a VP shunt revision in 2018, but there’s only been a worsening with the mobility and dementia.

        As your girlfriend probably can tell you – some people with dementia are completely combative and uncooperative… That’s what I’m dealing with and I’ve resorted to watching dementia caregiver videos from professionals on YouTube for insights and info on how to deal with some of this difficult behavior.

  15. JK

    Our (“traditions” hillbillies LB) assign particular emphasis on where a person’s matriarchal side come up – tends to characterize children of a union between … well for instance my Mom is considered “more authentically hillbilly” than my Dad’s side. Meaning that makes me more the hillbilly than not; enables me to straddle both worlds.

    Well lemme see if I can still locate what may provide you a better clue …


    That ain’t “all of it” but it was about near the first time it got really openly acknowledged. You realize I guess LB Appalachia stretches into parts of Pennsylvania (geologically speaking tho’ I don’t know your Mom’s native stock would acknowledge sech) Some of Dad’s folks got marched down to Little Rock in chains and were given the *choice, “join up or be hanged.” (They’d voted Republican incidentally).

    Long story short – Lectures 3 and a little bit of 4

  16. JK

    Saagar’s “take” LB. Third segment – subject Covington kids &c.


  17. JK

    Can you possibly LB – get me fairly Quickly a link to whoever it was in the previous administration who placed Saudi Arabia bordering Syria?!!!

    Malcolm had as his top-post a couple three days ago a post on American voters’ ignorance of Geography and Duck Duck Go can’t seem to get e an answer.

  18. JK

    I probably should have informed you LB that I’d already surmised Iran was responsible for the shoot down.


    Admittedly at the time I posted that I was merely suspicious but then being acquainted with some retired professional pilots (and my eldest is a maintenance service supervisor for American Airlines) I had a pretty good idea of where I might go to get the skinny:


    (Professional Pilots Rumor Network)

    Still though, your “going with your gut” did prove out.

    • Honestly JK, by the time I wrote the blog post and even earlier had countered the latest spin blaming the US, liberal icon. Justin Trudeau had come out and spoken that evidence pointed to Iran being responsible for the airliner crash and the missile strike.

      The bizarre thing to me was that Susan Hennessy gets mocked by some Trump pundit supporters all the time as being connected with Fusion GPS. Sean Davis at The Federalist calls her Fusion Susan. And Jennifer Rubin is a tireless Twitter #Resist spin warrior.

      I remember a tweet from CNN interviewing one of their “experts” as this “crossfire” spin blaming Trump , despite Iran being alleged to have fired the missile asserting that Ukraine had some serious questions to answer why they allowed that plane to take off, but completely bypassing that Iran controls the airport and airspace in Tehran and Iran both allowed the plane to take-off and mistakenly shot it down… These are the CNN “experts.’

      A lot of the usual Dem spin mouthpieces who were amplifying this “crossfire” spin and adding on excuses of who to blame seemed oblivious (or didn’t care) that the airliner took from the airport in Tehran.

      Watching this mainstream media corruption running all the #Resist spin attacks to trash Trump makes me wonder how many news stories they’ve reported over the years were really this level of mind-blowingly inaccurate to the facts.

      • JK

        You can be certain there’s a bunch of ’em. Hell LB you were Army so I know you’re familiar with the dictum “[Nothing] survives first contact”? Put another way, ‘All initial reports are wrong.’

        I’ve heard of the Rubin person but neither the Hennessy or [that] Sean person so I’m unfamiliar with whatever has to do with them – especially as I don’t do Twitter – for that I have you.

        Did you click nevertheless on that Dip comment – notice my earliest comment of the 7th stating ‘CNN had taken a hit’ then, ‘Maddow got hit too’ and only later conjecturing [the 8th – yeah it was a long night] that ‘Iran mistook the Ukraine plane for a B-52’ – today’s (well yesterday now) admission from the Iranians for me I’d have to say was anticlimactic owing to my gut telling me the same thing your’s did. It was the only thing that made sense. I mean I was prepared for some sort of catastrophic engine failure being a possibility but with all that was going on I generally opt for the simplest explanation.

    • I was typing a response to another comment of yours, JK (about Reliable Sources) and it just disappeared.

  19. JK

    I’m beginning to think LB that maybe me and you aren’t the most vociferous critics of CNN – Wonder what these two’d say about FOX if FOX “was allowed” to participate in the Democrat debates (somehow I think FOX would be fairer)


  20. JK

    Seems they offered themselves up as “cannon fodder” too it would seem. You’ve seen the clip of Warren ‘accusing Bernie o’ calling her a liar’?

    You know Warren from the year past if you haven’t been keeping up – she’s the one was Harvard’s ‘minority hire’ to save ’em hiring a real minority – based on her being “Native American”?

    Don’t know which of ’em is gonna lead the ticket but regardless if the tired refrain “We got to beat Trump ’cause he’s a liar” is sumpin’ DNN keeps up looks to me the whole stable of ’em – with the possible exception of Tulsi Gabbard – guides by the same light as him.

    We’re doomed.

    • Well, JK, Knowing Warren’s record of being shamelessly mendacious, I suspect this attack on Bernie was planned to try to turn women against him and cater to the liberal #MeToo crowd.

      Speaking of Warren, my oldest sister and I were chatting on the phone the other night and Warren came up in our conversation on our own ancestry in NE PA. My oldest sister told me another one of our sisters had those ancestry.com DNA tests done on her two kids (who are adults btw and wanted them done). My nephew, in his 20s, quipped that he has more Native American DNA than Warren, but my oldest sister couldn’t remember the exact percentage. I’ll have to check with my other sister sometime, lol.

      Something strange happened a few days ago, James Carville, came out and endorsed Michael Bennett, which speaks to the desperation building in some corners of the Democratic Party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX2hZoqmX94

      The Obama peeps tried to launch Deval Patrick, without much success, as a candidate to bypass this current crop of mediocrity too.

      I still believe Hillary will jump in to try to rally and unite the party.

  21. JK

    Just a fyi LB. On One America Network this evening at 7 your time there’s a documentary titled “FISA, Spying on Team Trump” airing. Just watched a preview I have to say didn’t have anything “startling” to me anyway – giving that it was a mere two minutes and 23 seconds probably couldn’t have expected better – but still I’m gonna record and watch it later. (We have some “interesting weather” just rolled in last night and as our local news comes on at the same time … and I’ve a VA appointment down in Little Rock pdq I figure I best watch that when it airs.)

    • Thanks JK, we don’t get OAN and at this point, I doubt there’s much new on the FISA mess after Horowitz and all the other reporting., unless they have interviewed the elusive Joseph Mifsud, although some recent some reports suggest is believed dead now.

      We’re already into 2020 and we’re stills tuck in 2016… What a mess our country’s in.

      • JK

        It was billed as “for people who didn’t read the IG Horowitz Report” and that’s the only reason I thought to fyi you – although I did study it my recording it had merely to do with me probably missing something. The report was dense and the footnotes of course (like his first) had “meat on the bones” for those folks unused/uninterested to/in reading government crap – Rachel Maddow springs to mind – not studying miss alot.

        Candidly I’ve not watched it myself (yet) but I think people like ourselves who have simply been paying attention likely have a feel for the nuance that a mere hour of some news tv show isn’t capable of conveying.

        What I’m saying is, it’ll probably be a waste of my [our] time but, like I said, maybe there’ll be something I missed. (But then really I figure we’ve got Mark for that!)

    • JK, I’ve wondered about these fiefdoms of careerists within our federal bureaucracy for many years and pondered their unchecked power, but it wasn’t until Trump was elected and then the liberal establishment launched their #Resist effort that things went totally off the rails.

      I don’t like the “Deep State” hysteria Trump rants about, but there’s something very disturbing with the Clapper, Brennan, Comey efforts to undermine Trump, starting before he was even inaugurated. Then add in an array of intel and State Dept career peeps working to undercut Trump, every step of the way too, which culminated in that “whistleblower complaint” leading to this impeachment sideshow.

      I’m not to where your friend is at with a remedy, because I believe there’s no evidence, based on the quality of most recent presidential appointees (take this back 4 presidents, I think), that allowing a president to choose would be better. Trump turns on his appointees on a regular basis and he brought clowns, like Omarosa and Scaramucci, into his WH, so even given his druthers to fill the entire executive branch – who knows if it would be better or worse.

      The problem seems to be widespread corruption, often masked as noble efforts to
      “save our democracy, to me. For instance, this #Resist effort to undermine and destroy a presidency, by any means necessary, is nakedly corrupt – yet, those engaged in it believe they are on an almost sacred mission. There’s plenty of this corruption on the right too and the media – all of it, is mostly a corrupt cesspool, filled with loads of people who have no ability to engage in critical thinking or to analyze information. We really are well on our way to becoming an idiocracy and no single legislative change can remedy that.


      • JK

        “I believe there’s no evidence, based on the quality of most recent presidential appointees, that allowing a president to choose would be better.”

        Actually LB, I’m with you on this except I’d go back further than that, to at least Andrew Jackson’s ‘Spoils System’ even, more recently (relatively speaking) to – though it was, more-or-less “forced on us” to Lincoln’s having because of the secession circumstance, his having to emergency fill a bunch of government worker positions. I suppose an even more recent manifestation maybe being what FDR got “forced into” by WWII (thank God then we had an actual ‘public service minded’ Harry Truman running around doing corruption/incompetence oversight of waste/ineptitude).

        Too bad we can’t seem to figure out some system where there’s something like what Confucius managed (for awhile) what with his ‘trained meritocracy.’

        Mark’s is, I reckon, an idea that isn’t attainable to us mere humans I think.

  22. JK

    And since I’m on (short-term; just to get it out of my system) the subject of bureaucracy – now that the mediafuss is “The GAO says Trump broke the law” as if only now do they think to make an issue of it:

    Here’s Dershowitz stating the obvious


    Now here’s a few ‘blasts from the past’ that (gee I wonder why) didn’t even make it to what passes for the media’s mind:

    Click to access 660395.pdf

    Click to access 388698.pdf

    Click to access 665390.pdf

    Click to access 665685.pdf

    Click to access 674163.pdf

    (I’ve been on the GAO’s listserve for going on twenty years and this stuff is not at all out-of-the-ordinary business-as-usual.)

    • I saw this video and the shocking thing is many Dems and liberal media peeps are still whining about Soleimani, only because they refuse to allow Trump a single positive news moment – ever.

      I’m definitely not a Trump supporter, but Trump made the right call taking out Soleimani and al Muhandis, the Iraqi terrorist Soleimani was meeting with at the Baghdad airport.

  23. JK

    Y’all are in my prayers LB.

  24. JK


    You’ll understand my Friend my not touching base with you of late … had a fire January 28th and have since been living with Mom. As the fire’s cause was electrical in nature the utility company has removed my quarters from service and so, with the exception of my local county librarian’s, my computer access time is effectively none.

    No injuries thank God and our property losses are minimal – clothes mostly but the damned inconvenience! … even our dog made it out fine.

    I hope to have more online time Monday. I pray all is well with you Friend.

    • So sorry to hear this, JK, but glad no one, including your dog, was injured.

      We’re adjusting to this totally different routine here. All my husband wants to do is get out of the bed, but so far the medical advice is not now. I doubt he will be able to stand up even using his walker, since for weeks before he ended up in the ER, he was getting very weak and barely able to take a few steps, before I helped him sit in his wheelchair. He went to the ER on January 19th and hasn’t been on his feet at all since then. He keeps using the bed rails to pull himself into a sitting position many times a day and holding that. At first he couldn’t even get 2/3 of the way up, but now he can pull himself up and hold a sitting position for a couple minutes at a time. He wants to get strong enough to do what he wants… which is get out of that bed and go on the back porch and smoke, I suspect. Some things never change here…

    • Well, JK, I’ve been alarmed at the changes over the past couple decades with America being reliant on foreign countries (especially adversarial ones, like China) for vital products. I noticed that the US military, which used to require essential military stuff be American made, seems to have been watered down as the “global economy” mind-set took hold.

      I guess, we’ll start to feel the impact of these decisions and Trump’s “bringing manufacturing back to America” might acquire a large number of supporters. All it takes is some serious shortages of critical medications and supplies for many Americans to feel the impact.

      • JK

        I can only personally speak to the military’s ‘watering down’ specifically to one example. Some years ago it came out that chips utilized in both the F-15s and F-16s electronics (avionics/transponders) were 1) being sourced from China and 2) were “open” to being hacked in real time.

        The “solution” DoD proposed came up short however as what the geniuses of the time suggested was to buy ’em from the UK’s BAE which, it turned out, was using the same source for its Typhoon all weather all purpose aircraft.

        In other news seen this?


      • I saw that, JK, but watching this endless back and forth with 2016 corruption drama,Trump/Russia vs. Clinton corruption, the sure bet is nothing will come of any of this stuff. With both sides, there’s zero cost and zero accountability for corruption.

  25. JK

    Having read the study itself I still felt I ought wait for a less technical article (casting no aspersions LB, it’s simply that I don’t recall from any of our past conversations your mentioning you’d taken any biology courses – Only reason I did actually having more to do with my MD Dad than solely my own initiative) At any rate I see The Hill picked it up. Too I figured for my “catching up” Peter’s place would likely have something:



    • Thanks for the links JK. I took high school biology and while I don’t have much interest in studying stuff, like infectious diseases, oddly enough I’ve done a bit of reading about pandemics. I read that book, The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, by John M. Barry, years ago, and that sort of sparked my interest in reading about pandemics from an historical perspective, not delving into the fine details of virology. Barry’s book was about the advent of modern medical research history as much as about the 1918 flu pandemic.

      Your friend’s post makes perfect sense to me and I’ve already done our medication assessment and refilled prescriptions. Our primary care routinely does 90 day prescriptions for us, because the meds we take are long-term meds. Our situation here is my husband’s lung condition is such that any respiratory infection, even a cold could be fatal. I’m a do what you can, but carry on as normally as possible or as the situation allows, type person. The mindless hysterical “crisis shopping” goes on full display here with every hurricane warning, so this corona virus will likely be more of the same ridiculousness.

      By habit, I keep basic supplies on hand and since my husband was discharged from the hospital into home hospice care in late January, our kids have been stockpiling gallons of distilled water for the oxygen machine and an assortment of other supplies. By habit, I keep a stockpile of basic foodstuffs, plenty of canned goods, so we could survive a long time.

      Just like in other emergency situations, a whole lot of idiotic people who go into panic mode, people who don’t have even basic supplies to survive a few days, on hand, and people who refuse to follow rules will be the ones who create chaos that will make it worse for the people who behave sensibly.

      Working at Walmart for years, I saw it all with panic shopping and people who rush around like lunatics without a clue. I also saw people who refused to follow common sense advice, like when we had severe thunderstorms and actual tornado warnings, that a tornado had been sighted in our area. There were times all the customers were advised to move away from the front of the store to the back, where it was safer, and we had a few customers who went out to their cars and drove off in dangerous conditions.

      You can’t fix stupid.

  26. JK

    Listen to Sanjar’s “Radar” – I think it’s the third segment – makes the point/strategy you’ve been making for months:


  27. JK

    Fifth segment too.

    And here I was thinking what I mentioned above about “the chips” had been fixed.

    Thanks for your last sentence above. I’d forgot.

    • Thanks for that JK. I have watched several of their other videos and a lot are very funny.

      I sure wonder what the intel and such are like coming from around the world. Iran looks like it’s got uncontrolled spread and they’re trying to pretend otherwise. Italy’s hospitals look like they’re at breaking point. Spain’s trajectory looks worse than Italy’s, so they jumped right to lockdown. And we have the partisan loons in Washington and the media wanting to fight their spin war above all else.

  28. JK

    You were right of course. But still, I think you’d allow as the fat lady hasn’t really (been forced) to sing yet – time will tell I reckon.


  29. JK

    Aaaand conveniently, the WaPo’s got the verifying link behind a paywall:


  30. JK

    Before LB you write any posts (based on the links I left on your most current) listen to this one in full:


    H/T Malcolm

  31. JK

    Unexpectedly “timely” at least for where/how I and the girlfriend are living, with Mom and Mom’s got fb going a hechuva lot – anyway just this morning there was some ‘horror/anxiety warnings/advisories’ making the rounds and Mom wishing (demanding more like it to my mind lol) for me to explain the Stafford Act – me resorting first to posse comitatus before actually bothering to look the actual Act up:


    Hope all is going well for you and yours LB. I think we’re set if any ‘hunkering down’ is in order (or actually ordered).

    • Glad to hear you’re prepared. We are doing okay too. The home hospice cut back on nurse home visits. One a week, instead of 3 and I opted to stop the CNA visits to limit the people coming in and out my house. My one son is living with us right now, so I am not alone here. I am fine doing all my husband’s daily care – been doing that 24/7 for 5 years now, when I stopped working. I hope this mitigation effort works, but if it doesn’t we’ll h still have to drive on, if it doesn’t – no matter how bad it gets. We can’t live locked down and keep the country running. Italy has no plan B. Esper said they’re working on an 18 month plan, which was encouraging to hear, with my obsession with contingency planning, lol.

  32. JK

    Well I suppose it was probably inevitable that I’d find myself sympathetic to an Obama administration era official so I reckon I ought not feel bad about it. I think the Fugate fellow is 100% correct:


    • JK, these media loons are total morons. Our national disaster response is that states and local handle as much of the care of citizens stuff as they can and feds handle the big stuff. Their idiotic hysterical spin clouds judgment – people get pushed into hysteria-driven decision-making. De Blasio wants to nationalize medical companies and he can’t even plan to do basic emergency prep for his own city. What an idiot!

  33. JK

    Y’all okay LB?

    • Hanging in there JK, my husband is very weak and sleeps a lot most days. I’ve been tweeting, but haven’t had the energy to write a blog post.

      Heck, the spin shit show between Trump, the media and Dems is exhausting and the level of hostile foreign propaganda that the #Resist media repeat, without any awareness, just to attack Trump and/or make America look bad is shocking.

      When the US took out that Iranian general, Suleimani, the media spin to attack Trump and glorify him as some kind of heroic figure, instead of the terrorist he was, shocked me. Then there was the Ukrainian airliner that Iran shot down – the liberal media spin on Twitter ran stuff like it was the US fault’s for causing the anxiety by killing that general, to blaming the US for shooting down the airliner with crap about who knows in “the fog of war”. It was totally outrageous anti-American propaganda they embraced just to get Trump.

      With this COVID-19 Trump should just shut-up, because he makes matters worse every day. Some of the Dems are totally disgusting with their grandstanding bs and the media has been totally appalling.

  34. JK

    We’re so far fine here as well LB, Sharon’s diabetes went haywire (vision problem popped up, made a visit to the eyedoc, he said ‘need to see an MD’ saw MD the next day, 3 days hospital got out 24 March) but Mom & I overall, pretty good.

    The Sunday shows last week (well I guess it was this week lol) ruint national news for me – I’m just watching the local stuff now. Well the one exception being the evening news, usually ABC’s.

    One benefit of my [self-imposed] news blackout is I seem to have alot more time and as well, I seem to be getting alot more long-put-off-stuff actually done. Amazing how much stuff my storage units (yes, plural [3!) had in ’em taking up space – Now if only my governor will give me a break on social distancing long enough for a garage sale! – Anyway, after a sale I think I can get down to only one, maybe two.

  35. JK

    Our town’s (population 3500+/-) retail places about ten or so days ago put in place the ‘for the first hour – elderly and disabled only’ and, given that we really have no manufacturing jobs around here there’s a very sizeable contingent of truckers around here largely independents (but here’s a fun-fact: Arkansas has long led the nation (at least 40 years) with the largest trucking fleets – *I think* currently JB Hunt is our top company now – when I was a lad J&M (Julian Martin father of NASCAR driver Mark Martin) held that position) Anyway suffice to say we got alot of truckers living ’round these parts.

    At any rate and mainly owing to, for the purposes of my placing this link here it’s to give a shout out to (mainly) the truckers:


    (There’s maybe you a post LB!)

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