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Signs of Spring

It’s Mid-April And Coast Guard Is Still Battling Thick Great Lakes Ice

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In the event of a TEOTWAWKI I intend to use several options.

I intend to Bug out with a truck-load of supplies to a pre-selected wilderness area (within 15 minute ride of home),
establish a hide site and wait out the carnage. (I have about seven months supplies for my family plus a couple of caches with extra food and weapons nearby for a total of roughly nine months of rough living. I believe our odds of remaining unnoticed for six or more months are very good while maintaining a fairly high standard of living. Common Survival Strategies

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Why? Oh why?


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Eric Holder and Lois Lerner not only are liars, they're in cahoots.


Lois Lerner was asking the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute people like Catherine Engelbrecht.
This woman, this Lerner, this is a witch. This is a very unhappy -- well, you can tell. I mean, if everything's going her way, this is the kind of woman, person, not because she's a woman, she's just not happy. Don't doubt me on this. She's just seething with rage every day. - - Limbaugh

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Empty Cradles


In the West, it has been a matter of faith that we have too many humans.
Therefore, setting up abortion mills in the schools, putting girls on birth control and severely limiting our “carbon footprint” are ways to thin the herd. It’s eugenics with a smiley face. It’s also worked. If you look at the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) by country, you see that the West is well below replacement just about everywhere. The US is right at replacement, but that includes high birth rates amongst non-Asian minorities. White birthrates are well below replacement. Our nuts happen to think this is just a good start. - - The Z Blog

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Transgender Dudes Don't Fool Chicks

Bruce "Bridgitte" Jenner
Those I met after surgery would tell me that the surgery and hormone treatments that had made them “women” had also made them happy and contented.
None of these encounters were persuasive, however. The post-surgical subjects struck me as caricatures of women. They wore high heels, copious makeup, and flamboyant clothing; they spoke about how they found themselves able to give vent to their natural inclinations for peace, domesticity, and gentleness”but their large hands, prominent Adam’s apples, and thick facial features were incongruous (and would become more so as they aged). Women psychiatrists whom I sent to talk with them would intuitively see through the disguise and the exaggerated postures. “Gals know gals,” one said to me, “and that’s a guy.” Surgical Sex by Paul R. McHugh | Articles | First Things

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New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson


About her tattoos:
“I have now four. I think eventually, when I finish doing them, will tell the story of me, of where I lived, and what things have been important to me. … I have two then on my back that are the two institutions that I revere, that have shaped me. One is unsurprisingly the amazing ‘T’ in The New York Times newspaper. Then I have a Crimson Harvard ‘H’ and that’s for Harvard, and also for my husband Henry, who we met when we were in the same class at Harvard. … - - JIMROMENESKO.COM

And a tramp stamp with a down arrow reading "All the News That Fits."
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The Keepers of the Stones


Pagans, druids, and other self-styled mystics gather at the site for this year’s vernal equinox, on March 20th, an occasion that drew thousands of visitors. The woman pictured here is a member of a group called the Loyal Arthurian Warband. George Steinmetz's Photographs of Stonehenge Pilgrims : The New Yorker
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Historians? What Historians?

Ukraine crisis "I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III", says Edward Lucas | Mail Online
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Modern Pioneering


Pellegrini hunts her dinner with guns.
She makes tables out of tree stumps. And, sometimes when she’s in the mood, she garnishes cakes with rose petals.I first crossed Pellegrini’s path when I heard about her hunting trips. She takes girls to the field, kills dinner with them, then cooks up delicious meals around a wood-fired hearth (or similar cooking source). A standard itinerary includes: clay shooting, falconry, fly fishing, bird hunting, ATV riding, cooking, and—of course—mechanical bull riding. Huckberry |

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After "I am Curious Yellow" it was only a matter of time....

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock - The Local
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Portrait of a Young Woman of Frankfurt (c. 1480-1485) Sandro Botticelli


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The Airplane That Went Away


They've been searching for this thing and they can't find it.
Shouldn't they be finding loads and loads and loads of garbage dumped by the cruise ships? Shouldn't they be finding lots of satellite debris from satellites that have fallen out of orbit? I mean, Ted Danson and these clowns told us that the oceans were becoming the biggest garbage dumps on the planet. And somebody wrote a column or a book that the cruise ships throw away more sewage and leftover food than Haitians have to eat. Where is it? - - Rush Limbaugh

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Sympathy for Cliven Bundy and his family.

Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy : They don’t have a chance on the law, because under the Endangered Species Act and many other federal statutes, the agencies are always in the right.
And their way of life is one that, frankly, is on the outs. They don’t develop apps. They don’t ask for food stamps. It probably has never occurred to them to bribe a politician. They don’t subsist by virtue of government subsidies or regulations that hamstring competitors. They aren’t illegal immigrants. They have never even gone to law school. So what possible place is there for the Bundys in the Age of Obama?

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What to give a president who has everything?


Worked for Louis XVI.
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“I just filed my taxes and I’m getting 400 dollars from the federal government!”


Please don’t celebrate the tax return you’re “getting”. You aren’t getting anything.
That’s your money. The government took it, held onto it for a year, and now they’re returning it without interest. If some guy at work stole a hundred bucks from your wallet and then, after you tracked him down and harassed him about it, he gave you back a small portion of it, would you run through the halls jumping for joy? Would you thank him for returning your own money? Or would you smack him upside the head and tell him to give you back the rest with interest, or you’ll break his kneecaps with a tire iron? - - Three things that all of you serfs and peasants shouldn’t say on Tax Day | The Matt Walsh Blog

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Living in the Penumbra Between Time and History


It seems to me, the larger the expanse, the more room for ignorance.
If we don't understand World War II, what makes us think we understand something as remote as the "big bang," the emergence of life, or the appearance of human beings? Science can only approach these thingularities in the most abstract manner imaginable, so abstract that they are essentially devoid of content except what the imagination fills in. Which means that they are essentially myth by another name. - - One Cʘsmos:

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Bitch, bitch, bitch....

"Our men, who in former Ages were justly esteemed the Ablest Performers in Christendome; But to our unspeakable Grief, we find of late a very sensible Decay of that true Old English Vigor; our Gallants being every way so Frenchified, that they are become meer Cock-sparrows, fluttering things that come on Sa sa, with a world of Fury, but are not able to stand to it, and in the very first Charge fall down flat before us. Never did Men wear greater breeches, or carry less in them of any Mettle whatsoever." - - The women'€™s petition against coffee
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Hotdog in a sausage bun because bread makes you fat


- - Sploid
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"Liberalism hasn’t had a new idea since the 1960s"

“Liberalism has a kind of Tourette Syndrome these days. It’s constantly saying the words racism and racist.
There’s an old saying , if you have the law on your side, argue the law. If you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. If you have neither, pound the table. This is pounding the table. There’s a kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn’t had a new idea since the 1960s, except Obamacare, and the country doesn’t like it. George Will: The Obama Administration’s Cries of Racism Are Becoming a Joke

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"A Russian fighter repeatedly buzzed a US warship in the Black Sea."

American credibility and prestige — its legitimacy as the hegemon in other words
— would once have prevented the Russians from trying this stunt. But it’s gone. And going to battle stations each time plane shows up is ruinously expensive. When the IRS shuts down Republican companies or when Harry Reid uses his political position to drive a rancher off his land the damage goes beyond the individual aggrieved party. It goes to the legitimacy of the system. Of all the values the “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” cohort have squandered, nothing has been more ill-spent than trust.Belmont Club » The Book of Numbers

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The Moral: Aesop Knew Something About Crows


The last common ancestor of humans and crows lived perhaps 300 million years ago, and was almost certainly no intellectual giant.
So the higher levels of crow and primate intelligence evolved on separate tracks, but somehow reached some of the same destinations. And scientists are now asking what crows can’t do, as one way to understand how they learn and how their intelligence works. - NYTimes.com

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The most beautiful animal you’ve never seen


I’d spent the afternoon on a small dingy off the coast of Durban, South Africa.
It was muggy, and I’d been working for hours–-throwing a small net out, and pulling in tiny hauls of plankton that I’d then collect in jars. As I looked through one jar, the boat rocking up and down, I saw for an instant a bright blue flash. Gone. Then again in a different place. An incredible shade of blue. [HT: Doug Ross / Journal ] - - | Deep Sea News

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"A weird black ring appeared in the sky in England and then disappeared"

This is bizarre. A 16-year-old girl saw a giant black ring in the sky above England and captured it on video.
After three minutes of floating around like a cloud, the black ring disappeared completely. So far, experts have no idea what it was. - - Sploid

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It's Spring in Chicago at Last!

Weekend Violence Leaves Four Dead, 37 Wounded
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The Dark and Dangerous World of Extreme Cavers


He’d travelled more than three miles through the earth by then, over stalagmites and boulder fields, cave-ins and vaulting galleries.
He’d spidered down waterfalls, inched along crumbling ledges, and bellied through tunnels so tight that his back touched the roof with every breath. Now he stood at the shore of a small, dark pool under a dome of sulfurous flowstone. He felt the weight of the mountain above him—a mile of solid rock—and wondered if he’d ever find his way back again. - - Burkhard Bilger : The New Yorker

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Take Religion Seriously

Taking religion seriously means work.
If you're waiting for a road-to-Damascus experience, you're kidding yourself. Getting inside the wisdom of the great religions doesn't happen by sitting on beaches, watching sunsets and waiting for enlightenment. It can easily require as much intellectual effort as a law degree. Advice for a Happy Life by Charles Murray - WSJ.com

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The Hot Links Are Always Piping Hot at Maggie's Farm

Monday morning links (and not just on Mondays) - Maggie's Farm
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Looking For Tom Lehrer


“Is this Tom Lehrer?” Morris asked over the phone, working to hide his nervousness.
“Yes,” replied a voice some 1,000 miles away. “The Tom Lehrer who teaches math?” “Yes.” “The Tom Lehrer that did some records in the ’50s and ’60s?” “Yes.” - - Comedy's Mysterious Genius

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The Founders had a pretty good understanding

of the bandits, highwaymen, con-men, the clever fraction and the parasites present in every human population.
They also understood how easily the smart and successful could tip into corruption. Their project was designed to make it tough for these elements to gain power of their neighbors. They may have imagined a tribe of Podestas, but they never imagined a class of coat holders and fixers, who existed outside the power of the king. The next Constitution, if there is one, will have to address this type of vermin that runs the Imperial Capital. The Z Blog › The Imperial Capital

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Side Bet


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The BLM-Bundy Ranch confrontation

What comes next - Government seldom gives up this easily.
I’d venture this is only settled for the moment and the heist will resume as soon as the media is distracted by something else... Figure however long it takes for the Feds to run facial recognition on everyone who showed up in support of the Bundys, and time for a Grand Jury to be empaneled and come up with some kind of conspiracy to obstruct, or whatever, and then a snap decision to show We the People who the boss is. I give it 120 days, more or less, but we’ll see how it all rolls out. George Ure at urbansurvival.com ol remus and the woodpile report

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Psalm 37

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
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Ann Barnhardt: "Regarding the cattleman in Nevada" [Bumped]

I would strongly discourage you all from hitching your cart to this particular horse. While I have all manner of criticisms of the BLM and certainly of thuggish FEDGOV tactics, it is essential that one pick one’s battles very carefully, and this is NOT a good battle to pick. The guy in question has been grazing his cattle at essentially zero feed cost for upwards of twenty years (well, THAT makes the cattle business easier, doesn’t it!) because he stopped paying the BLM any lease charges. A Few Things | Barnhardt
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The inventor of everything

How an egotistical genius convinced Silicon Valley to invest hundreds of millions in his shoddy science: whenever I asked detailed questions about his wealth, he would change the subject back to his passion for pure research. "I’m about being out there doing something nobody has ever done before," Cheiky intoned. "Doing the best you can for mankind." | The Verge
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Comment of the Month So Far: On MRAPs


Regarding Afghanistan and victory: "Do you know what piece of inanimate equipment pisses me off? MRAPs. Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carriers. Thousands of them.
When you turn your jeep into Battlestar Galactica, you have admitted to the enemy that you lack the will to kill the minelayers. Or win the war. Money doesn't buy victory. It buys lots of equipment, but failing to IDENTIFY and ATTACK and DESTROY the ENEMY to the point he loses the WILL to resist means you are just buying shiny toys from donors. Declining to attack an enemy is not equal to not having one. I almost miss the last administration; even when "conflict = defeat" was the journalism paradigm. At least the war was acknowledged. Our kids lose their sanity on multiple deployments, some finally lose the armour vs. warhead roulette, and the tribesmen still dig holes on the trails and roads at night. Evil. Posted by: TmjUtah in And the Great talk a good line.

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Bad Moon


Popular televangelist claims four blood moons are sign of "€˜world-shaking event"€™: Four complete lunar eclipses will appear in the sky starting on April 15. Pastor John Hagee, of Texas' Cornerstone Church, believes God is trying to communicate with humans through these celestial signs.

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
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