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Once Again, The One And Only Post

June 04, 2023

I am so tired. All I want to do is sleep. Hope I don’t have the Covid again.

so, some news bits ...

Judge blocks ATF pistol brace rule, but only for members of Gun Owners of America. Whatever happened to Equal Protection Under the Law??

Oh no, the peeps be upset that Walgreens remodeled its store to prevent shoplifting!! “Kiosk store” is another flavor of a Plexiglass City. A plexiglass city is an area where all the stores are behind bulletproof plastic, where you put down your money and what you buy comes out a little revolving door. You can’t get in, and the barely visible storekeeper can’t be robbed. Plexiglass stores. And plexiglass stores are the last desperate step before leaving the rundown area entirely and leaving a “racist” food island. Because the locals drive the store out of business by stealing, shoplifting, and holding the place up constantly. Plexiglass stores are nothing new in certain urban area; they’ve been around for a couple decades now. If you’ve never been in one, seen one, or even ever heard of such a thing, then good for you. You don’t live in a crime saturated ghetto.

Wonder who the goat people got to push for them?  California is changing their labor rules, now saying that goatherds get overtime. This could push the wage for this most simplistic and ancient job to well over $100K per year. And the goat companies - in California the towns rent goat herds to nibble the back country greenery to cut back on brush which leads to wildfires - are preparing to go out of business. Because nobody is going to pay 4 times as much for a flock watcher and a couple gross of hungry goats. Not even the local governments that usually hire them.

Targeted grazing is part of California’s strategy to reduce wildfire risk because goats can eat a wide variety of vegetation and graze in steep, rocky terrain that’s hard to access. Backers say they’re an eco-friendly alternative to chemical herbicides or weed-whacking machines that are make noise and pollution.

But new state labor regulations are making it more expensive to provide goat-grazing services, and herding companies say the rules threaten to put them out of business. The changes could raise the monthly salary of herders from about $3,730 to $14,000, according to the California Farm Bureau.

Companies typically put about one herder in charge of 400 goats. Many of the herders in California are from Peru and live in employer-provided trailers near grazing sites. Labor advocates say the state should investigate the working and living conditions of goatherders before making changes to the law, especially since the state is funding goat-grazing to reduce wildfire risk.

Thing is, shepherds who tend flocks of sheep, pretty much the same job, didn’t get the overtime ruling. So one kind of CA shepherd’s crook is suddenly 4x more valuable than another?

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May 31, 2023

What to post, what to post?

The dangers of cheese rolling competitions! Cheese rolling has been a rural English thing for centuries. A bunch of locals each enters the race with a wheel of cheese of a specified size. Then everyone in the village gathers at a really steep hill, and the race is on. Chase your cheese down the hill in case it needs help. And whoever’s cheese gets to the finish line first, wins. Large amounts of home made alcohol are guaranteed to be involved. Injuries are common, for racers as well as spectators. Getting hit with an 7lb wheel of cheese going 60mph will definitely mess you up. . Fun sucking government officials from the cities have tried to outlaw this sport, or regulate the cheeses, but to little avail. Laws and edicts be damned, the cheese rolls on.


Here’s one from the “No Shert, Shitlock” files: More than half the kids who think they’re the other gender live in homes where mom has mental problems. And this study was from before trans was the cool thing to be. So add that influence angle in, and the media push, and Biden, and all the squishy squashy Karens behind this whole thing, and you get the situation today.


Bowling Blogging !!

We lost 2-5 tonight against a team who had tried to play the “bowl poorly for entering average week”. Partway through the first game the owner came over and replaced the score sheets, as the woman running this league had done the classic “entering average lasts for 3 weeks” thing when it was supposed to be dynamic from week 3. So our handicap of 27 pins was reduced to 9. We still won the first game; I threw a 221. But our opponents came alive after that, dropping a 258 and another >200 game in G2 and G3, both of which were WAAAAY over their paper averages.

So we lost, but we forced them to bowl honestly to take those wins. Our averages, and especially theirs, will both go up next week. As it should be. We had a decent time.

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May 29, 2023

So, does this mean that soon all the planes flying out of JFK and LaGuardia (NYC’s two airports) will now be equipped with bariatric sized seats with extra legroom?

Or will this be another “get woke go broke” moment that puts these two massive airports out of business? Because you can’t expect the protected class to fly in seats built for anorexic short teenagers, and you can’t demand that they pay extra for a larger seat. Same applies to all buses, taxis, subway cars, etc.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed a bill Friday declaring obesity a new legally protected class.

The legislation signed by the New York mayor bars individuals from being discriminated against for their height and weight for access to employment or public housing.

“It shouldn’t matter how tall you are or how much you weigh when you’re looking for a job, are out on the town, or trying to rent an apartment,” Adams said at the Friday signing ceremony. “No one should ever be discriminated against based on their height and weight. We all deserve the same access to employment, housing, and public accommodations, regardless of our appearance.”

Incidents of weight discrimination will be investigated by the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

New York City Republican City Councilman Joseph Borelli warned in April the new law will “empower people to sue anyone and everything.”

Ok, sure, this isn’t about airplane seats, but about jobs and housing. But it’s a lifestyle thing, which will expand, so I’m just looking one or two pages into the future.

PS - WTF. “Protected classes?” What happened to “equal protection under the law”? There are NO protected classes, just like there is no hate speech nor hate crimes. There are people, there is speech, there are crimes. That’s equal treatment.


Trying to breathe a little bit of life back into this dying boring blog.

I want to have things other than this damn home improvement project to write about. But the major news stories are covered by everyone else anyway, and mostly lies to begin with.

It’s been a very hectic week for me, although I really haven’t got all that much done. Numerous highly stressful moments for me, giving me a couple of tizzy fits behind closed doors or while out driving alone. I’m not very good at dealing with stress, and the stress on this never ending project is constant and never ending. An awful lot of the things we purchase, try as we can to get something good, are not of the quality that they ought to be or that their price point implies. And if they are, factory quality control seems diminished, and shipping ... OMG. “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do!” Why is it that a large and expensive item ships in a cheap cardboard box? Have the manufacturers not realized just how brutal the shipping world is? They don’t seem to realize that thin corner blocks of styrofoam only protect the corners a little, and that the middle of the minimally sized one layer thin cardboard box is still vulnerable. Double boxing is nearly unheard of, and is usually not even available as an option. So we had to return the high end range hood. The box had been used as a stepping stone; it had boot prints in the middle. One of the edges had impacted something hard and sharp, leaving a big sharp dent right in the front edge. The one that replaced it was only slightly dented in the back where the filters mount, so I was able to use a clamp to straighten that out. The little dent on the end of the top where the metal bends over went in at the factory, and isn’t really highly visible.

Band clamps - the disposable straps they hold pallets of stuff together with - damage what’s on the pallet, even if corner pads are used. Especially if they’re banding up something slightly soft, like a stack of drywall sheets. Pallets themselves are of the flimsiest construction and the forklift operator is not gentle, so more damage. Now put them in a warehouse staffed by overworked nearly slave labor, and then throw the stuff on the delivery truck operated by an exhausted driver who is really hating his job today.

Stores have a labor shortage, so they will hire anyone who applies for a job. In the big box DIY stores they get minimal training on the tasks they’re assigned; the not very adept teenager runs the paint mixing machine, but has not idea how to maintain it or refill the color tubes, so you can’t guarantee that your paint will come out right. Nobody who does the special ordering can do it right the first time, or the second time, and I’m not going to mention supply chain issues.

Now add in a contractor who loves to take shortcuts, whose mantras seem to be “nobody will ever see it back here, so why bother” and, after ignoring what the customer specified and doing it his own thoughtless and hurried way (ie screwing it up), “oh I can fill that in with some spackle and tape”. Who is set in his ways, and assumes the customer does not really know what they’re talking about. Which may be usual; many customers just have a general idea. Not us. We know everything to the last measurement and detail. After several professional measuring, which merely confirmed that we can use a measuring tape accurately ourselves, we designed the kitchen to within 1/2” and purchased everything accordingly.

Yeah, very stressful. So now we have the wire for the range hood sticking out of the wall, a shorter length than may do the job, nearly 3 feet to the left of where it’s supposed to be. Because I only told him half a dozen times that the knockout for the power wire was on the right; I can show you the spec diagram online. “Oh those things always have a knockout on both sides”. Um, no. So now the brand new wallboard, already painted, will get a gouge across it to move the wire to the right spot. And the wire may not be long enough. And the cabinets are already on the wall. Because, why listen to me, who has done tons of research and selection, and even marked on the bare studs exactly where the wire had to come out. What do I know, just ignore me. For the millionth time. Because “nobody will ever see it, it’s behind the cabinets”.

Very, very stressful. Oh, and he also put the power outlet on the wrong side of the stud. So now we’ll have an outlet over the back of the range. Pretty much useless location. But hey, what do I know? I’m just the customer.


My finger is pointing to the exact spot where the wire should have come out of the wall. Range goes between the base cabinets. Power outlet is the mess of wires sticking out of the junction box to the left of the lightswitch

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May 24, 2023

Bowling Blogging: Summer League Week 2

We took 7-0 against Ed’s team. We had fun. I won a whole dollar off of Ed, betting on Game 3. I beat him by a mile. Nothing exceptional happened, other than the wifely rolling a 210, giving the high women’s game for the night and the (only 2 weeks long so far) season. Yay her!!

We had fun. They’re a good team, so we were woo-hoo-ing and shouting out, and doing little dances on the approach, and busting chops, and telling dirty jokes ( I got Manny with the old mastitis joke ), having a drink, and a good time. Oh yeah, we bowled Ok too. grin

This Big Win puts us in first place by 2. Hell yeah.


How Low Can They Go? Another feral “hold my Colt 45” moment

Teen girl does sex acts with underage boys as others watch. In front of her mom, who had her at 15. Mom sends her other kids and recruits a gang to beat up on the shocked witnesses who called the cops.

Feral perverts, volume MCMXXVII

Mississippi girl, 17, is charged with raping two boys aged 10 and 14 in front of other children on Mother’s Day - then getting her MOM , 32, to organize gang to beat-up witnesses who told police

Just in case you thought 2002’s Antwone Fisher was just a movie ... the story line and synopsis at IMDB are sterilized.

What the film is really about is the generational sexual abuse perpetrated in lower income black communities. Women, abused by men in their girlhood, get “revenge” and pass the pain along by abusing boys when they become women. Those boys grow up and become woman abusers. And around and around it goes. And it never gets talked about, it never is seen as a problem, it never ceases. Being a movie, in the end they blame the white folks, who had nothing to do with this whatsoever. This is a very powerful film, with some outstanding performances. And it reveals another abusive cultural problem, along with Shaken Baby Syndrome and Ghetto Lobster. All forms of systematic, generational child abuse. Because abusing children is easy. It’s great stress relief when life gets too hard. Hell is for children.

Maybe you thought it was fiction 21 years ago. Or a sensationalized retelling of a singular story. Well, here it is, front and center in the news. Read between the lines: the mother didn’t see anything wrong with what went on. Indeed, she sent a posse around to silence those who had spoken up.

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May 22, 2023

Yeah, my town. This is a perfect, quiet little community to live in, except for the shadow of all the crazy and evil shizz that keeps happening at the women’s prison right across the highway. Ok, almost nobody ever escapes, there is never a riot, and the buildings are way back in from the road, deep in the farm that the place used to be. But still ... abuse, rapes, drugs, crazy people ... all the horror stories of prison life ... been going on there for decades. Governor says he’ll close the place, but there’s no other place to put the place. So, hot air that smells like cows.

Transgender pedophile who subjected his 7-year-old daughter to a ‘vortex of darkness’ sues New Jersey women’s prison for hampering his witchcraft

New Jersey permitted a 34-year-old man convicted for torturing and filming pornographic, transgender videos with his 7-year-old daughter to serve his 25-year sentence in a women’s prison. The child rapist now claims that the women’s facility has wrongfully interfered with his diabolic rituals.

Matthew Volz filed a lawsuit on April 28 in the Hunterdon County Superior Court against the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.

Volz alleges in the suit that he and the “entire Wiccan population” at the prison — an inmate subset for which he provided no accounting — have suffered religious discrimination and now seek religious accommodations.
What’s the background?

The Blaze previously reported that after serving as president of the Clark College Queer Association, Volz started an amateur “transgender pornography” film business with three other degenerates, including Adam Romero, now a fellow inmate at Edna Mahan. They specialized in violent and fetishistic criminal content.

After Volz and the victim’s mother separated, he managed to win custody in 2018. Volz brought the child from Oregon to New Jersey, where he exploited her in his videos, reported Reduxx.

The child suffered horribly until the New Jersey Department of Child Protection intervened in 2019 following an anonymous tip made to the New Jersey Child Abuse hotline. The intervention culminated in Volz’s arrest.

“If this was not heinous, cruel and depraved, I don’t know what is,” said presiding Judge Peter Tober, stressing that the girl had been taken “solely for the sexual gratification” of others and tortured.

Prosecutors indicated that Volz and his cronies subjected the child to “a vortex of darkness.”

Volz was convicted for the sexual torture of his young daughter and sentenced in May 2022 to serve a quarter-century in prison.

Despite having his male genitals fully intact, the New Jersey Department of Corrections classified Volz as a “female.”

He is presently serving his sentence at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township along with fellow transvestic child-rapist, Adam Romero.

25 years? Execution by chainsaws seems appropriate to me.

The town of Clinton NJ is bordered by the much larger Union Township, and is so integrated along the border area that it is effectively the same place. We live in Union Township by a matter of yards, but our mail address says Clinton. The Clinton Fire Department and EMS will come here, but the NJ State Police show up when needed instead of the Clinton PD. Everyone else not in this condo park lives miles away on the other end of township. So we’re part of UT, but really it’s just a line on a map. This is Clinton. The suburban home development on the other side of the ancient road behind us is Clinton. Franklin Township starts a couple hundred yards up the hill beyond the prison. Clinton Township and the borough of Lebanon start at the end of the de facto Main Street in town, although the actual Main Street is a block in from there.

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May 21, 2023

Well, it rained for around 30 hours, which the weather widget wasn’t aware of. But now the sun is out, so it’s much less gloomy.

I’m going to do things today, inside and out. Well, do as much as I can, as both my thumbs are acting up. I get these pains and general weakness down the side of my thumbs, the part is on the edge of the palm, below the second joint. There’s only about a million things it could be, but carpal isn’t one of them. So to a doctor ... someday. But it does suck losing that opposable thumb thing. And the shooting pain from using a hammer, or trying to carry something like a loaded up dinner plate using my thumbs as clamps ... this rather sucks.


I want all the drywall and painting work done in the kitchen before any new cabinets go up. This contractor is a messy destructive piglet, and our expensive cabinets have so far remained clean, undamaged, and drywall dust free by living in their shipping boxes. Everything else we own, from one end of the house to the other, ha a white film of dust on it. It’s never ending. It’s depressing and despondant. Plastic zipper doors across the doorways don’t do much. Having the slider screen open doesn’t stop it. Daily sweeping and vacuuming in the kitchen only slow it down. The level of mess, the displacement of all our stuff, the narrowing of our lifespace down to feeling like we’re camping in a phone booth, weighs on us both. It has to end. It has to mitigate. The garage is full of stuff and mess. Both the covered balconies outside the bedroom are filled with stuff and mess; only one is barely usable as a fire exit. The patio is covered with mess. The kitchen is full of dust and steamy with drying paint and spackle. The dining room has all it’s own furniture, plus the stove and the rolling cart from the kitchen which carries the microwave and toaster. Everything that was in the kitchen is stacked up to the ceiling in the dining room, if it isn’t in one of the huge storage bins in the laundry room, or in some pile or on some plastic rack in either of the bedrooms. We can barely even see the dining table, much less use it or even sit at any of the chairs. The living room and den are piled high with the cabinet boxes. We’re eating off paper plates, me in front of the PC and her over on the corner of the loveseat. It’s awful. And it’s very tiresome. But I will not allow a rush job in the kitchen, which has to be built with no shortcuts and done 100% perfectly. And Mr. Messy, our contractor, still has to reopen the ceiling to run the duct down to where the range hood over the stove will be. I suggested building that part as separate panel, so that getting in there would just be unscrewing a little part of the ceiling. But no, everyone hears me, but nobody EVER actually does one of my suggestions. So he’ll have to saw a hole, make another great fucking mess, rain down insulation fluff all over the place, then drop huge-ass splats of spackle on my cabinets. And it will probably require at least 3 trips to Lowes to buy WTF parts. Even though I asked weeks ago what might be needed, and purchased the ducts, the elbows, the hanger strap, the duct sleeve insulation, the code approved HVAC tape, the code approved duct mastic, and figured out exactly where the duct center would be, relative to the wall behind the stove and the left corner of that part of the kitchen. So all of this, or at least a stubby pipe coming down through the ceiling, could have gone in before the ceiling went up. Fuck, I even made drawings. To scale. But no. Wouldn’t you think that if the customer makes that kind of effort, what they’re saying is DO IT THIS WAY THAT’S WHAT I WANT? Nope. Nobody ever does what I want or suggest. They just damage everything and make a damn mess. Few of my choices are ever used either, and I’m wrong on nearly everything. I’m getting really fucking sick of being a non-person.

Yeah, so no chance in 5 flaming hells I’m letting him slap up our expensive cabinets first, and then make more mess. Screw that.

See? It gets despondent after too much of this. And this has been going on since October 3, with no definite end date in sight yet. Because there’s ALWAYS something else that needs doing, and speding hugely on, that will take a couple weeks to do. Always.

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May 18, 2023

Oops He Did It Again

Fired from his job as nuke fuel disposer, Sam Brinton is still stealing luggage. 3rd time’s the charm; maybe he’ll get jail time this time?

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND — Sam Brinton, the “nonbinary” activist tapped by Joe Biden for a key nuclear role before he was fired for stealing women’s clothes, was arrested again Wednesday night as a “fugitive from justice” for allegedly stealing luggage, The Daily Wire has learned.

A neighbor told The Daily Wire that “four unmarked police showed up last night, they would not let his spouse Kevin leave. After about an hour Sam Brinton was escorted out in handcuffs.”

Sam Brinton, the embattled former senior Biden Energy Department official who was charged with stealing women’s luggage on at least two occasions, was arrested again this week as a “fugitive from justice.” Brinton was taken into custody in Rockville, Maryland on Wednesday, according to the Daily Wire.

“Four unmarked police showed up last night, they would not let his spouse Kevin leave. After about an hour Sam Brinton was escorted out in handcuffs,” a person who claimed to be Brinton’s neighbor, said.

He is currently in jail and being held without bond, according to county records. A judge has since ordered him to be extradited to Virginia on grand larceny charges.

Brinton pleaded “no contest” to misdemeanor theft last month after he stole $3,670 worth of items in a woman’s suitcase from the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. He has also pleaded guilty to stealing a traveler’s luggage worth $2,325 from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

Shortly after Brinton was charged for both the Minneapolis and Las Vegas thefts, a Texas woman came forward on social media to accuse Brinton of similarly stealing her luggage from the Washington-Reagan Airport in D.C.

Asya Khamsin shared several photos of Brinton wearing her designs on Twitter, saying they were her “custom designs” that were in a suitcase she lost in the D.C. airport in 2018.

“I saw the images. Those were my custom designs, which were lost in that bag in 2018,” Khamsin told Fox News. “He wore my clothes, which was stolen.”

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May 15, 2023

Gosh, I didn’t post all weekend. Sorry. Been ultra busy.

We tried to do a whole season’s worth of gardening Thursday to Sunday. More to do today. Bought soil, humus, compost, and worked them in here and there. Started work on realigning the stone edgers. Decided to move the cross path on the garden patch by the patio over to the left side where it will help support the edger stones that support the uphill part next to it. Much digging involved, and it will require me to create a pressure treated lumber open box in the deep underground, filled with gravel. I just have to dig down to the hard pan old soil, about a foot, and remove all the quality soil I put in when I built the thing 9 years ago. Meanwhile, we’ve created a curvy edged area around the rhododendron by the air conditioner compressor. This is edged with fist sized rocks she collected from the excavation project going on behind the building next to ours. Then a black plastic edger kit went in, which is a box of 40 6” long panels that push into the ground, each shaped like two round top tombstones sistered together. The ends are snap together hinges, so it can make corners pretty easily. Matching hook top spikes go in every foot, so it’s fairly secure. Then we filled in about 8 cubic feet of less expensive “garden soil” behind that little wall after breaking up the hard pan below that a bit. This should enhance drainage and get some nutrients down to the old rhodo. And now it’s time to plant the thing with some flowers. Finding the right ones is a little challenge, as this area is in the NE corner of our building, under a somewhat spindly bush, not too far from the edge of the woods. So the light there is very variable. One end gets direct morning sun until about 1pm, the other end gets the afternoon sun, the middle part gets a little, and the rhodo shades them all. This spot was also prone to flooding a bit during heavy rains. So I’m hoping we’ve fixed that. And when all of the flowers are in, mound up some mulch. We bought about a dozen bags of mulch I think. It took two to do the little raised bed under the little dogwood at the top of the stairs. That area is really shady, but one little slice gets morning sun right along the edge of the sidewalk. I want to put a couple of ferns in the back, but the only ferns I’m finding are bred to handle full sun. I thought ferns were a dark and soggy area kind of plant? Whatever, we can always go with astilbes.

This gives us 8 distinct growing areas, including the public garden up by the recycling corral in the parking lot. Plus we’ve got planters on the new stonework behind our place, which gets strong morning light. I think we’ve reached our limit.


The unit upstairs has sold and closed, and the new people are starting to move in. Haven’t met the occupants yet, but the actual owner lives a few streets over and bought the place for his daughter and her child. Haven’t met them yet.


With all the drywall up in our kitchen, and the first taping and spackling done Friday, it will be a sanding day when the contractor gets here. Oh boy. Seal the room off, open the slider, set the A/C to vent, put a box fan in the doorway. It’s going to be a dust storm.

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May 11, 2023

It’s Title 42 Day !!

Title 42 expires tonight, as the covid “emergency” ends tonight. And the USA goes back to using Title 8, our regular immigration law, that Congress hasn’t updated in decades. Title 42 has been around since WWII, put in place to give wetbacks, slants, and darkies the boot because they entered our country without any health screening. And since just about everywhere has some kind of communicable disease going on all the time, it’s a pretty good tool to toss ‘em out instead of housing them even temporarily. I use the nasty terms on purpose because those were the attitudes of the day and the original intent of the Immigration Act of 1924 was specifically to keep these people out, along with Catholics from Poland and nearly everywhere else. But the 1924 Act did have a “no dummies, leeches, morons, or unskilled people” ethic; only those who would benefit the nation would be allowed in.

As there is no sunset provision in USC 42.265 (aka title 42, and 265 is the disease part) it is not “going away” or “being lifted”. This is media slant and disinformation. “Title 42” is a misnomer; “dot 265” would be a more accurate name. It will only cease being enforced using covid as a rationale. It could just as easily use TB or VD as a rationale, and no “health emergency” is necessary to utilize it. Title 42 is the REAL power of the Surgeon General, who gets to make the call.  So far from Biden trying to stop it, he is merely allowing 42 to not be enforced for this one specific reason.

But it’s a slick move, as those seeking asylum must undergo health screening first, in the other country. As for illegal immigration, I’d say it’s still a good approach, as nobody unscreened should be allowed in. Heck, maybe even visitors and tourists should be health screened first too.

OTOH, the easy solution is to just shut down immigration for another decade or five. And not grant more than a very VERY small number of asylum cases, on an individual basis.

The Immigration Act of 1952 revised the Immigration Act of 1924 by allowing Asians, Africans, and Catholics in, but still kept the “send us your best and brightest” aspect. So less racist, but still leaning to improving our nation.

This was all thrown away in 1964/65 by Ted Kennedy, LBJ, and other supporters of the Hart-Celler Act, which opened the doors to every person from anywhere in the world, by throwing out the nation of origin quota system.

Here’s Teddy’s Big Lie from back then: “During debate on the Senate floor, Senator Ted Kennedy, speaking of the effects of the Act, said, “our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. ... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.”

A timeline of immigration policy is here.

Another timeline, this one showing what Congress HASN’T done for ages: Link.

Tens of thousands of people from all over, almost exclusively men of military age, are poised just across the border. An estimated 700,000 more are working their way up Central America. The Allied Forces of WWII put 130,000 troops ashore on D-Day, a massive force. This is 6 times larger. If this is not THE invasion I don’t know what is. I think the time is LONG past for weak efforts and even weaker “solutions”.


No point in doing the whole ex post facto post, so here’s a tiny part, just the gist.

The point is that New York wrote a short term law specifically to allow E Jean Carroll to go after Donald Trump. The law is ex post facto as far as I can tell, and is thus unconstitutional. Everyone in the NY state legislature in Albany who worked on this Adult Survivors Act ought to have known, had to have known, that what they were doing was improper. After all, nearly all of them are lawyers, not that any normal citizen can’t understand what ex post facto, “after the fact”, retroactive law, is about. Such things quickly devolve into bills of attainders, laws that are written for a single person that declare them guilty of some crime and metes out some kind of punishment.  Trials, even show trials, are not always necessary. They are also absolutely forbidden by our Constitution, and by every state constitution. The court case against Trump never should have gone forward as there was no evidence at all against him, not to mention the near impossibility of a famous billionaire going to a fancy high end store like Bergdorf Goodman and not being fawned upon and attended to by the entire staff every moment he was there. Even if he specifically said he didn’t want assistance, they would have hovered in the background just in case. Point is, he was under observation the entire time he was in the store, if he was ever in the store, in whatever unknown year this incident is said to have happened ... and the incident itself is exactly the plot of a episode of the Law & Order SVU TV show, right down to being the same tony store. In my opinion the whole thing is bogus. And the trial itself was a crock.

[ The SCOTUS decision ] Held: A law enacted after expiration of a previously applicable limitations period violates the Ex Post Facto Clause when it is applied to revive a previously time-barred prosecution.

allowing survivors of sexual offenses one year to file civil claims for cases that occurred even decades ago.
The Adult Survivors Act does not reopen the opportunity for criminal prosecution, but victims can seek justice through the civil court system.

Rachel Tuchman, a lawyer at Kaplan Hecker & Fink in New York, is one of the attorneys representing E. Jean Carroll in her ongoing defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump. The case unfolded when Caroll alleged in 2019 that Trump sexually assaulted her in a New York City department store in the 1990s. Trump publicly denied the assault, saying “I’ve never met this person in my life” and “she’s not my type.” As Carroll was no longer able to press criminal charges, one way she would be able to prove the assault was by trying to prove that Trump’s statements qualified as defamation.

But now the Adult Survivors Act has enabled Carroll to file a second lawsuit against Trump: for battery at the time of the alleged assault, and for recent alleged defamatory statements in October.

In other words the Act was written just for her. On the surface that makes it a Bill of Attainder, although other people in NY can use this Act for the one year it exists. But it’s still a mighty fine line.

That this Act is for civil prosecution not criminal is trying to do an end run around Stogner v California but prosecution is prosecution in my opinion. So it’s still ex post facto. Buh bye.

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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

A total non-surprise. We saw this coming back in early March. The richer you were the earlier, faster, and further you ran. Problem is, it’s worse than anyone thought at the time.

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

New York City is home to 118 billionaires, more than any other American city. New York City is also home to nearly one million millionaires, more than any other city in the world. Among those millionaires some 8,865 are classified as “high net worth,” with more than $30 million each.

They pay the taxes. The top one percent of NYC taxpayers pay nearly 50 percent of all personal income taxes collected in New York. Personal income tax in the New York area accounts for 59 percent of all revenues. Property taxes add in more than a billion dollars a year in revenue, about half of that generated by office space.


The budget for a city as complex as New York is a mess of federal, state, and local funding sources. It can be sliced and diced many ways, but the one that matters is the starkest: the people and companies who pay for New York’s poor are leaving even as the city is already facing a $7.4 billion tax revenue hit from the initial effects of the coronavirus. The money is there; New York’s wealthiest individuals have increased their net worth by $44.9 billion during the pandemic. It’s just not here.


While overall only five percent of residents left as of May, in the city’s very wealthiest blocks residential population decreased by 40 percent or more. The higher-earning a neighborhood is, the more likely it is to have emptied out. Even the amount of trash collected in wealthy neighborhoods has dropped, a tell-tale sign no one is home. A real estate agent told me she estimates about a third of the apartments even in my mid-range 300 unit building are empty.


Fewer than one-tenth of Manhattan office workers came back to the workplace a month after New York gave businesses the green light to return to the buildings they ran from in March. Having had several months to notice what not paying Manhattan office rents might do for their bottom line, large companies are leaving.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:52 PM   
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The ‘Rona Song

Leave it Country music to be perfectly topical and metaphorical at the same time

When the dogwoods start to bloom
And the crickets hum their tune
That’s usually about the time
That I feel most alive

But the news has all been bad
And the whole world seems so sad
I ain’t had much else going on
So I sat down and wrote this song

I miss my mom, I miss my dad
I miss the road, I miss my band
Giving hugs and shaking hands
It’s a mystery I suppose
Just how long this thing goes
But there’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows
And there will be light after dark
Someday when we aren’t six feet apart


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:27 PM   
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Follow Me !

One of the benefits of our universally computer driven modern world is package tracking. Mated with theoretically optimized routes and warehousing, we now can get our deliveries much faster than in decades past. For the impatient, most of the deliver services allow you track your boxes or letters step by step as they wend their way in your direction. [ OTOH, this also allows you to watch the Post Office send your stuff all over the country willy-nilly, leave it at distribution centers for days or weeks at a time, and sometimes take days to move something just 7 miles from one center to the next, and then take a full week to deliver it a whole 42 miles away. Sorry, my pet peeve, after recently pulling my hair out when a letter took more than a month to get delivered. Just wait until the whole country tries to vote by mail this November. Guaranteed disaster. ]

Now UPS has brought out “Follow Me”, a real time, self-updating, GPS driven mapping application, that let’s you see the big brown truck driving all over with your package in it. Not sure if this is going to help or hurt, because most people won’t realize that there are 300 other boxes in that truck, and yours is almost guaranteed to be last in line. It was already a bit frustrating just following the data, watching my box go from Florida to Edison NJ in hardly over a day, but then on to Allentown PA, right past my home, and then have to go on to another truck to come back to NJ days later and to get delivered ... later today?  Maybe. “Out for delivery” for 3 days? Oy vey.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 09:22 AM   
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eye candy, high plains edition


I thought I posted this the other day, but it seems to have evaporated. Whatevs.

Anyway, this is actress Kelsey Asbille Chow. She had a small but regular role in the One Tree Hill drama a few years back, and was in the 2017 film Wind River. Currently she has a supporting role on Paramount’s cowboy drama / Kevin Costner vehicle Yellowstone.

We watch Yellowstone, it’s great, and it’s interesting to see her character developing from a whiny liberal into someone more normal. That’s going to be long journey. She is super attractive though. 


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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it


Funny, I kind of thought it was the President’s job to keep people aware of new possibilities and to give them even temporary hope. But the Left may be right on this one. Like the blind squirrel ...

Most Americans have been praying for a cure to the Chinese Communist Party virus. Such a prospect turns out to be horrifying, however, if you are a Deep State bureaucrat, someone invested in open-ended and lucrative research into unpromising medicines or vaccines and/or a political opponent of President Trump.

Hence the vehemently hostile response of a leftist publication called Axios to information about Oleandrin, a natural supplement that has proven in clinical experiments and limited human trials in Texas to crush the CCP virus. Rather than celebrate this development and call for an urgent effort to validate such findings with widespread, life-saving trials, Axios touted the uninformed criticisms of naysayers determined to snuff further work on this apparent breakthrough.

To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.

Driving the news: The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It’s embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.

OMG, if Mike Lindell is behind it, you know it’s deathly anathema.

Oleandrin is an extract from the oleander plant. Researchers have suggested that it could be useful to treat cancer because of the way it affects cells, and that it could enhance the effects of other cancer therapies.

Professor Sharon Lewin, the director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, is an international authority on antiviral drugs and has a laboratory working on COVID-19.
Asked about oleandrin’s potential efficacy as a COVID-19 treatment, Lewin told Axios, “Oleandrin looks to have antiviral activity at high doses in a test tube model. You’d certainly want to see more work done on this before even contemplating a human trial.”

A July 2020 study from the University of Texas at Galveston shows, in a laboratory setting, that oleandrin can inhibit the coronavirus in monkey kidney cells. This study has not been peer reviewed and one of the authors of the study, Robert Newman, is chairman of Phoenix Biotechnology’s scientific advisory board — the company developing the oleandrin product.

The bottom line: Scientists around the world are in a race for cures, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Government regulators are investigating hundreds of products. When a biotech executive like Whitney can take his case directly to the president, it casts doubt over the scientific rigor of the drug development process.

From the research study:

Using Vero cells, we found that prophylactic oleandrin administration at concentrations down to 0.05 μg/ml exhibited potent antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2, with an 800 fold reduction in virus production, and a 0.1 μg/ml dose resulted in a greater than 3,000-fold reduction in infectious virus production. The EC50values were 11.98ng/ml when virus output was measured at 24 hours post-infection, and 7.07ng/ml measured at 48 hours post-infection. Therapeutic (post-infection) treatment up to 24 hours after infection of Vero cells also reduced viral titers, with the 0.1 μg/ml dose causing greater than 100-foldreductions as measured at 48 hours, and the 0.05 μg/ml dose resulting in a 3578-fold reduction.The potent prophylactic and therapeutic antiviral activities demonstrated here strongly support the further development of oleandrin to reduce the severity of COVID-19 and potentially also to reduce spread by persons diagnosed early after infection.

In years past the FDA has been dinged for major slow walking and foot dragging when it comes to testing and approving new medicines. Many drugs are available to the rest of the world that are not yet available to us. With this pandemic that slowness has become an issue, but I don’t think the best idea is to throw caution to the wind and let anything fly. That way leads to snake oil. There has to be some level of significant proper, fair, testing.

OTOH, the Axios article does mention how this could easily be marketed as an herbal supplement, which could NOT focus on any curative ability. To which there’s an easy work around; “We’re NOT ALLOWED to mention that this cures Covid, and thus cannot recommend a dose of 2 pills a day for 2 weeks. This product is for dietary supplemental use only, and we bear no responsibility for it’s use in any other manner.” kind of advertising.

OTTH, shouldn’t President Trump know by now when to keep his fat mouth shut?

Oleandir is poisonous !!! !! !

Consumption of even one Nerium oleander leaf can be fatal. Onset of toxicity occurs several hours following consumption. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, cyanosis, hypotension, hypothermia, vertigo, respiratory paralysis and death.

However, a carefully controlled tea made from the flowers could be an effective cancer and AIDS treatment. But more trials are needed!!

A hot water extract of the plant, known as Anvirzel™, has been developed as a potential treatment for cancer, AIDS, and congestive heart failure. It consists of a mixture of oleandrin and the glycone oleandrigenin. Experiments suggest that a combination of Anvirzel and cisplatin may be more effective than cisplatin monotherapy . In an earlier study, Anvirzel appeared safe in humans when injected intramuscularly, although adverse effects such as injection site pain, fatigue, and other GI symptoms were reported.

Anvirzel™ is not an approved cancer treatment in the United States. Until more data regarding its efficacy and toxicity are available, this product should not be used outside of clinical trials.

Anvirzel may be a modern version of a medicinal extract of oleander that goes back to the dawn of history.

Historical records prove that Oleander plant has healing powers; thus it was highly regarded by the Mesopotamians in the 15th century B.C. During the age of the Babylonians up to the Romans it was used as a relieved for hangovers. To the Arabs it has better worth since the plant was used for cancer medication in the 8th century A.D.

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

I looked up the entry at Wiki ... and I think I’ll pass on this one. There may be too much risk in a cure made from just a little bit of deadly poison.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 01:06 PM   
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The Death Of NYC?

This is what happens when you elect a communist as mayor. One who encourages rioting and lawlessness. Riots after weeks of extended lockdown. Retail is dying. Populations are fleeing. Violence is everywhere, at unprecedented levels. It’s anarchy and depression.

Beirut DeBlasio


De Blasio’s New York has finally hit an all-time low: the once bustling city is now on the verge of looking like a demilitarized zone. Between the pandemic and the riots in the city, iconic 5th Avenue now looks more like a dystopian nightmare in a recently shot video posted to Twitter.

The video follows a car driving down a deserted 5th Avenue, with almost all of the area’s high end stores boarded up and shut down. There are few people seen on what is usually a busy street.

“Look at everything. Everything’s boarded up. Even the hotel. Boarded up,” the video’s narrator, who is obviously fed up with how the city looks, says.

He continues: “This is all Manhattan, boarded up. Have you ever seen Manhattan look like this? The media will not report this.”

“Everything boarded up. They don’t want to show this to you people because they’re afraid. Saks 5th Avenue - boarded up from end to end. They put up barbed wire. Everywhere you see boards, windows are gone. Look at New York City - what happened,” he says.

The video runs over 2 minutes and shows dozens of boarded up businesses.

Check the video. Manhattan is boarded up. Block after block of high-end retail closed down and barricaded.

This isn’t exactly new. Similar video from more than a month ago.

No, it’s not a war zone — it’s Manhattan.

Video shows once-bustling Big Apple streets nearly deserted and dotted with boarded-up, spray-painted and bashed-in buildings after days of looting.

The footage taken Tuesday and Wednesday in Midtown and Soho shows the windows of popular stores shattered while others — such as Burberry, Sephora and Sunglasses Hut — are covered in plywood to protect against looters.


Only a handful of masked pedestrians and police officers are seen walking on eerily empty sidewalks. Some plywood panels put up by shops were tagged with graffiti reading, “Justice for George Floyd” — the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Big Apple retailers have been closed for months prior to protests over Floyd’s death.

These riots happened at the end of May ...

Sidewalks across the SoHo neighborhood, Union Square and Fifth Avenue were covered in broken glass. Multiple police cars had been burnt to nothing but ashes. Stores, including a Duane Reade, Urban Outfitters and Swatch, were looted. Banks were ravaged. An Equinox gym had been broken in to. Graffiti covered retailers’ logos up and down some of the glitziest shopping districts, which normally would be hosting a hotbed of tourist activity this time of year.

The New York Police Department has since said it arrested almost 350 people Saturday evening, following protests across parts of Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference held Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries due to clashes with demonstrators.

It’s now the middle of August. More than 11 weeks later. And these businesses are still closed, still boarded up. Whatever stock that wasn’t looted has been sold online.

Do you really think these storefronts are coming back? Even if the beneficent dictator of NYC allows them to open, with 25% customer capacity and ridiculously paranoid levels of isolation and plexiglass protection inside the stores? Somehow, I kind of doubt it.

Greatest city in the world, killed by policy in half a year. This was not an accident.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 09:11 AM   
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Very Funny Officer

So I got another ticket yesterday. Me and my red car manage to get pulled over a couple times a year. Yes, I’m an inveterate speeder, but I do it properly. I don’t tailgate, I don’t cut people off, I use my turn signals, I almost pass anyone on the right, and of course my car is in perfect working order and my papers are current. And I don’t go flying around corners on two wheels, or anything close to reckless driving. I’m just an impatient driver, like everyone else in the state.

In NJ, everyone speeds. Everyone. Nearly everywhere. The only place we make up for it is in those 25mph zones near schools, parks, and downtown. People generally do about 17 in those.

NJ has a scheme in place on the highways. They “let” you drive 65mph, but fines are doubled. Should there be a traffic cone by the side of the road, or a permanent sign saying that bit of highway is also a construction zone, fines are doubled again. So getting a speeding ticket on the highway can be a darn costly experience.

Generally, highway traffic moves at 75mph in good conditions, even in the slow lane, but on the weekends it flies. 85 is typical, 95 is not unheard of, with cars maybe two lengths apart traveling in packs.

And NJ keeps points for 5 years, with a big long list of how many points for whichever of the 65 or so moving violations they have. Get more than 6 in a 3 year period, and get an extra fine to pay. There are a fair number of 0 point offenses, but they are not on the list. Good luck trying to find them, although we all know that the seatbelt one and the red light camera one are no-pointers.

How many points are on your license? Like many other states, you have to pay the DMV to find this out. Gosh, wouldn’t you think that this would be part of their regular job? Available online for free, given that this is a microscopic database inquiry? Heck no.

But there’s a game involved. There are a good number of offenses that don’t have points. Just a fine. So most cops short circuit the plea bargaining process, and give you a break and just write you up for some 0 point offense. It puts donut money in their coffers, nobody wastes time going to court, an you just go online and pay the fine with your credit card.

So I got pulled over for doing 85 in a 65 zone on a demarcated highway. I wasn’t racing, or playing artful dodger, or zooming down the road alone. I was just cruising along with traffic. The Statey did his job in about 2 minutes and I was back on my way.

He wrote me up for the 0 point offense of Delaying Traffic.

Haha, very funny.


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calendar   Saturday - August 15, 2020

Rhubarb !!!

She came home from work with an armload of rhubarb that a coworker had brought in from their garden.

I haven’t had rhubarb in ... probably 45 years. Pretty sure my parents used to grow it in the vegetable garden, but that’s loooong ago in the past.

So we’re making strawberry rhubarb pie, and, since we have so much of the stuff, we’re making a strawberry rhubarb crumble as well. Both are a great excuse to get hold of some good vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb has an unusual taste, but it’s one that I’ve always loved. Can’t wait to get to baking things up and trying them out. Might even have enough to send her to work Monday with another crumble.


Oh goody, and I guess I’d better go look outside. Amazon says my copy of Law of Nations and John Locke’s Two Treaties of Government were delivered today. Along with my new Solo 2L hand sprayer, as the old one died after a decade of use.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2020 at 05:41 PM   
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Fauci Gets One Right

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for the White House coronavirus task force, said this week that there is “no reason” Americans are not able to vote in person for the 2020 presidential election in November.

Fauci emphasized that voting in person would not need to be avoided as long as voters followed CDC guidelines and maintained social distancing.

“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” Fauci told ABC News. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why shouldn’t be able to do that.”

Fauci noted, however, that those who are at high-risk if exposed to coronavirus or have a compromised immune system should stay indoors and use mail-in voting.

OK, 99% right. I think most absentee ballots should be dropped off well ahead of time at the polling centers, logged in, and signed for ... once proper ID and voter registration is checked. The USPS is highly leftist, so I would not trust them too much. 


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calendar   Friday - August 14, 2020

toldja so

As reliable as the coming dawn, the willfully stupid and the left biased media and “the experts” have once again yelled real loud to subvert the proper understanding of the law. And that noise will do the job.

I said it yesterday: This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.

And here it is.

Trump slammed for not rejecting conspiracy theory Kamala Harris is ineligible for vice presidency
Biden campaign calls Trump comments ‘abhorrent’

That’s right; it’s a conspiracy theory. And he’s abhorrent. Because he referred to a statement made by somebody about the natural born issue, and then said he didn’t know if that was correct or not. So slam him for even implying that this could be a problem.

And then the lies come out by the bucketful. And the overwhelming noise of indignation and implicit raycis drown out the truth, once again. We are totally fucking doomed.

President Trump would not reject a conspiracy theory Thursday that Kamala Harris is ineligible to serve as vice president because her parents were born outside the United States.

Asked about the unfounded and widely refuted claims during a press briefing at the White House, Trump responded, “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements” before adding, “I have no idea if that’s right.”

Harris is a United States citizen born in California in 1964, making her eligible to serve as president or vice president under the Constitution. [ Fox you are wrong ]

However, a professor of law at Chapman University, John C. Eastman, wrote a piece for Newsweek this week after she was named to the Democratic ticket questioning whether Harris is a “natural born citizen” because her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.

[ Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. ]
The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position. The 12th Amendment provides that “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” And Article II of the Constitution specifies that “[n]o person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President.” Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris’ birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a “natural born citizen"—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.

Newsweek also ran a counter essay by noted lawyer Eugene Volokh. IMO, as its typical for greasy lawyers, and all lawyers are greasy because the law is merely a tool to them, and not something held sacrosanct, Volokh makes his counter from the wrong direction. He’s throwing shade and puffing smoke, and emphasizing aspects that have no real bearing. Argument by non sequitur. 

Some people have argued that Kamala Harris is ineligible to be vice president of the United States. The Constitution requires presidents and vice presidents to be “natural-born citizens”; Harris was born in the U.S., but her parents (who had come to the U.S. to study) weren’t U.S. citizens at the time. Does “natural-born citizen” include Harris, and others like her?

It does. “Natural-born citizen” was a familiar legal phrase to the Framers—an adaptation of the English term “natural-born subject.” Sir William Blackstone, an English treatise writer who (in Justice Scalia’s words) was “the Framers’ accepted authority on English law and the English Constitution,” explained:

Natural-born subjects are such as are born within the dominions of the crown of England, that is, within the ligeance, or as it is generally called, the allegiance of the king. ...The children of aliens, born here in England, are, generally speaking, natural-born subjects, and entitled to all the privileges of such.

It’s possible that “natural-born citizen” has since been broadened to include children of U.S. citizens born overseas (a 1790 Act of Congress specified that, “The children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens").

He is wrong. It is not an adaptation of natural born subject, even though natural born citizen shares two of the three words with the other concept. Oh, and that 1790 Act was overturned in 1795, which he fails to mention. Even the best lawyer is a weasel dick. They argue for or against a topic. Searching for and declaring the actual truth has nothing to do with it.

What is a natural born citizen? It is someone born in this country whose parents are already citizens of this country. Period. Full stop. And that’s all there is to it.

I am a natural born citizen because I was born in this country and both my parents were born here as well, and their parents were citizens when they were born which thus made them natural born citizens. All my grandparents were born here too, although one of them might not have qualified as natural born because her parents came here from Germany, and I have no idea who things worked in the 1890s and I don’t know if they were naturalized citizens by the time granny popped out. But that was generations ago, so it isn’t germane.

It seems we go through this every presidential election cycle. I think what is needed is a SCOTUS decision. And that will never happen, because an honest decision, true to original intent would also torpedo the anchor baby concept that’s been around for 4 decades now. And probably squash the legality of dual citizenship too. And we do not have brave, honest, true Americans on the Supreme Court who are willing or able to make bold, proper decisions. Without the slightest doubt in my mind, this should be a 5 minute, 9-0 decision, made for clarification purposes alone - not delayed forever until some case with standing worms it’s way upwards.

I’m going to add this to my list of life truths:

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.

•   Eohippus is the Dawn Horse. No other taxonomy name is correct. There is no relation to the rock hyrax, so putting the original horse in the order Hyracotherium was a mistake.

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

•  A shark is not a fish, dammit, it is an elasmobranch. Real fish have scales, gill pumps, and a swim bladder. Creating a new intermediate order called “bony fishes” to include both is cheating, especially if you don’t also include dolphins who, by that redefinition should also be fish. Fish who are mammals. No, this is wrong.

•  Ok, I now grudgingly nearly accept that Pluto is not an actual planet, “merely” a dwarf planet or planetoid, because somebody either moved the definition goalposts or because science has advanced enough to go there and find out how big the thing actually is. Pluto 1473 miles across, 2/3 the size of our moon. Mercury still counts as a planet. Mercury is 1516 miles across, a whopping big 43 miles larger. Oh puh-lease. So my grudgingly is very grudgingly. OTOH, given that Pluto has 5 moons, one moon called Chiron which is half the size of Pluto, perhaps it should be called a double planet or a multi-planet.

•  A natural born citizen is someone who is born within the desmenses of a country and both of whose parents are already citizens of that country.

I got so worked up about this yesterday I went out an bought a copy of Law of Nations, and while I was at the digital bookstore I got a copy of the writings of John Locke.


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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

Of course she isn’t, but you’re uninformed and intellectually lazy so she’ll get away with it

Here we should be going again with the natural born citizen thing. And just like Obama, Kamala Harris does not qualify as such.  Not that most anyone else can understand the concept, or knows that it is very important to care about this and why. So should be going won’t even get off the ground. This will not even be brought up in passing, much less discussed, debated, and ruled on. It. Does. Not. Exist. Because ... raycis!!!

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

It is abundantly clear that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means exclusively subject to the jurisdiction thereof, which means not in any way beholden to the whims or powers of a foreign government. This was clearly understood by all until fairly recently.

Yes, she was born in the USA. Neither of her parents were citizens at the time. This makes her an anchor baby. According the the 14th Amendment, anchor babies are not citizens. This isn’t a “strict” reading of the amendment, it is a plain reading thereof. Original intent is easy to find in the Congressional Record of the day. The only “reason” that they are considered such these days is due to a single footnote in the 5-4 1982 SCOTUS decision Plyer v. Doe, added to the majority opinion by Justice Brennan:

“no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”

This weakening of the meaning of jurisdiction within the 14th - that it sees the term as meaning subject to the laws of this nation, and not solely subject to those laws (ie not being also subject to the laws of some other country, as is the legal situation of illegal immigrants) - was a part of the Plyer case, which dealt with Texas’s claim that school funding should not be granted to illegal immigrant children. And of course, Brennan’s footnote comment overlooks that such illegals have no right to be here at all.


Harris’ parents were a citizen of India and a citizen of Jamaica. While she herself was born in California, and shortly thereafter went to Canada, where she spent nearly all her formative years, she qualifies as a citizen by the anchor baby misconception. Being a citizen does not make you a natural born citizen.

The entire concept of natural born citizen comes from a French book called The Laws of Nations, which was written in 1758 and is the only book or exterior document referenced in the US Constitution. It was used extensively by the Framers, far more than the code of English Common Law, which they strongly felt did not apply to the USA, although they borrowed large parts of it ... as our own law.  Anyway, in The Laws of Nations it says:

“Les naturels, ou indigenes, sont ceux qui sont nes dans le pays, de parens citoyens”

A direct translation is “The natural, or indigenous, are those who are born in the country, of parents who are citizens”.

While there was an 1797 update to the english version of the book, which clarified that line to read “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”

This is a rather strict definition. To be a natural born citizen, you need to be born here and both your parents need to be citizens when you are born. Not just born here, and not with just one parent a citizen, regardless of where you were born.

Later extensions to the concept allowed “here” to include territories of the country (eg Guam and Puerto Rico), areas controlled by the country (eg military bases), land considered part of the country that was in other countries (eg consulates and embassies), and things controlled by the government of the country (eg military aircraft and ships that happen to be outside the confines of the country at the moment of birth). This is how John McCain, born at a military base in another country, was deemed a valid candidate.

[ “naturels” is the masculine form of the word, “naturelles” is the feminine form. French is so sexist, but both words mean the same thing. ]

Merely being born to two citizen parents is insufficient. Merely being born within our country is insufficient. This is a precise and sharply focused concept, and about the only time it every applies is when someone is considering running for President or Vice President, although it should probably apply to any elected representative who could possibly be in the chain of succession.

This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.

Read more if you want, in great detail with clear explanations of case law over the years, plus how we’ve now been lead astray, when and by whom:


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/13/2020 at 11:25 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 12, 2020

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


Dutch police have uncovered what they described as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands, leading to the arrest of 17 suspects from Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The drug lab was hidden at a former horse riding school in Nijeveen, some 75 miles from Amsterdam, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police raided the riding school on Friday, discovering tens of thousands of liters of chemicals and 220 pounds of crack cocaine. Sleeping quarters and recreation areas were also found at the site.
The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said.

The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said. (Politie Landelijke Eenheid)

“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” police chief Andre van Rijn said in the statement.

Van Rijn said the lab was equipped to produce 330-440 pounds (150-200 kilograms) of cocaine a day, with a street value of $5.3-9.4 million (4.5-8 million euros).


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:29 AM   
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TLH? Typical Leftist Hypocrites

This sounds like it could be one of those urban legends.

How Dare You!!

An anonymous poster on Reddit’s “Am I the A--h---” subreddit said he started a meat-eating club at his job in response to a coworker’s vegan-only club.

He claimed that one of his colleagues started a vegan dinner club exclusively for their coworkers following a vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian diet. Other coworkers “will not be able to join the club,” the poster said the group’s “statement of purpose” read.

In response, the poster claimed that he and some other meat-eating coworkers started a burger and steak club to go out and try new restaurants each week. They only allowed meat-eaters to join. However, members of the vegan club filed a complaint with the company’s human resources department.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:20 AM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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