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  • Anne February 14, 2024, 8:47 AM

    Some here may remember the first time this couple danced to this tune–it was 1984. Ten years ago in 2014 they were 55 and 56 years old. Relax and enjoy they start at around the 50 second mark :
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • ghostsniper February 14, 2024, 9:33 AM

      I remember them in 1984, tell ya why in a minute.
      In the meantime, check this out.

      February 15 – On this day: 39 years since Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean win gold
      39 years ago (1984) Our front page celebrated Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in the former Yugoslavia, describing their routine as the “greatest exhibition of ice dancing seen anywhere in the world”.
      22:25, Tue, Feb 14, 2023 | UPDATED: 22:25, Tue, Feb 14, 2023


  • ghostsniper February 14, 2024, 9:40 AM

    Next Sun is my wife and I’s 40th anniversary.
    Yeah, I know, who knew hell would last so long?!?!
    So this coming Fri 40 red roses will be delivered here to her.
    And a GIANT box of Godiva chocolates.
    Between V Day today, her birthday tomorrow and then the Godiva’s she’s gonna be chocolated out.
    Maybe that stuff will put a couple ounces on her bird like framework finally.
    We’re probably gonna do a lunch on Sun at this place:

    • azlibertarian February 14, 2024, 11:24 AM

      Happy Anniversary, Ghost and Mrs. Ghost!!! Congratulations!!!

      My bride and I celebrate our 40th this year too, although in a couple of months. We’ve got big plans, but I don’t announce those in public. Suffice it to say that a good time will be had. I am the luckiest man alive: Mrs. azlib is my best friend, and going through life with her has been wonderful. She likes roses, but is allergic to them, so I’ll have to find carnations for her–her favorite. Like most women, she loves chocolate too, but it often doesn’t agree with her, so she avoids it most of the time. And yeah, 40 Big Ones is a milestone, and congrats, again. As for me, I can hardly believe that we’re about to cross it. Maybe you and the Mrs. have had the same experience, but while not every moment of the 40 years has been great, I wouldn’t trade any of them for anything.

      I can hardly wait for the Big Five Oh. We’ll have a big party and I’ll prolly play some Sam Clarke.

  • azlibertarian February 14, 2024, 11:30 AM

    Fun Fact: Valentine’s Day is Arizona Statehood Day. In 1912, State 48 joined as the last state in the Lower 48 to join the Union.

  • DT February 14, 2024, 3:59 PM

    Happy 40th GS

  • ghostsniper February 14, 2024, 5:36 PM

    Quote of the Day

    “If genitals don’t define gender, how does removing them affirm it?”

  • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 4:04 AM

    Property Damage
    This is how you stop this stuff.
    Arrest, conviction, sentence.
    All within 30 days.

    Forfeiture of all property.
    Detainment for 5 years.
    Hard labor during detainment period.
    Online video of entire process.
    5 year online video of daily hard labor.
    Public scorn, and ostracized.
    Anything less is coddling and encouragement.


    The National Archives in Washington, DC, closed early on Wednesday after two people dumped red powder on the display that protects the US Constitution, Archives officials said in a news release.

    “The Constitution was unaffected in its encasement. No damage was done to the document itself,” the Archives said in a statement.

    The individuals were immediately detained by security at the time of the incident, around 2:30 p.m., and officials are investigating, the Archives said.

    In a video posted to X, two men stood in front of the powder-covered encasement and spoke out about the right to clean water and a livable climate before being approached and detained by uniformed guards.

    “We take such vandalism very seriously and we will insist that the perpetrators be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Archivist of the United States Colleen Shogan said in a statement.

    The National Archives Rotunda will remain closed for cleaning Thursday, the Archives said, but the rest of the National Archives Building will be open on its regular schedule.

    The incident is part of a trend of high-profile vandalism with the intent to draw attention to the climate crisis and other human-caused environmental harm.

    Activists with the UK group Just Stop Oil have targeted iconic artwork. In 2022, in one of their most high-profile protests, they flung tomato soup over Vincent van Gogh’s famous “Sunflowers” at a London Gallery. In 2023, the group smeared red paint and then glued their hands to the protective glass on “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny,” a painting by the French Impressionist Claude Monet on display in an exhibition at Stockholm’s National Museum.

    While such acts may succeed in gaining attention, experts have previously told CNN they also attract significant criticism and risk backlash toward their cause.

    The Constitution is on permanent display as part of the “Charters of Freedom” exhibit showing the United States’ founding documents, along with the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. The documents are “sealed in the most scientifically advanced housing that preservation technology can provide” and are normally open for daily public viewing from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Casey Klahn February 15, 2024, 6:25 AM

    Happy Val Day everyone. Happy anniversary to azlibertarian and GS and their respective wives! In about a week my wife & I will celebrate our 30th! I was a late starter, and lucky to get her yes in the matrimony.

    Politics. Imagine a rival of the USA platforming nukes in space under presidents Reagan or Trump. You can’t, or if they did do it there’d be hell to pay. FF to today, and if nukes do appear in space, it is treated as an opportunity by congress to gaslight the American people.

    Look for the following threat. This is not a prediction, just a tactical evaluation. Biden survives til the convention, and there he hands over his delegates to a popular name (Michelle?). It would be the strongest hand they could play, since the American electorate may have Trump/Biden fatigue. Which means that repeat ticket could look like politics ossified, and middle of the road voters will be turned off by it. Some PunDitz are suggesting that the first party to change out their candidate wins.

    I hope that isn’t true. Only Trump can govern us out of the mess we’re in, and it’ll be another generation before we see anything close to him as a leader.

    • azlibertarian February 15, 2024, 1:24 PM

      A follow-on prediction/tactical observation…..

      Win or lose, sometime after the election, but before the inauguration in January, 2025, “out of concern for the country tearing itself apart in partisanship, Blah, Blah, Blah”, Biden pardons Trump, et al. for everything they’re charged with. Moreover, he pardons himself, his son, and any other target of the Republicans.

      • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 2:04 PM

        I read that and went to myself, “That dood is diabolically devious”.

        If you and Casey and me sat at a table with a 1 liter bottle of alcoholic hydraulics and 3 1 oz glasses we could come up with some seriously deranged stuff in an hour or 2.

        That pardoning of ones self is a direct kick in the balls to the citizenry and especially to the criminals sitting in the shitcan that didn’t have that advantage.

        • azlibertarian February 15, 2024, 2:32 PM

          I’ve mentioned before that all of my good ideas are something that I’ve stolen, fair square, from someone else on the internet, so that idea of Biden pardoning both Trump, et al. and himself is my idea, but I stole it from the internet. Hope that clears things up.

          “…a direct kick in the balls to the citizenry….”

          Which kinda describes the Biden Presidency, but I digress.

        • Casey Klahn February 16, 2024, 10:05 AM

          A liter sounds fine; what will you guys drink?

          It does feel like some sort of Rubicon has been crossed with this Banana republic shit of indicting political opponents.

          I indict the entire demon crat party. Is that legal? Maybe not, but it is ethical.

  • Casey Klahn February 15, 2024, 6:53 AM

    KC Chiefs victory parade is shot up by a muzzy-named illegal immigrant. His actions have limited effect because he is immediately tackled by a score of drunken football fans!

    If they’re gonna attack in America, they’ll need to improve their game somewhat. Now reading everything is just alleged. First the one, then two, now 4 including, allegedly, this shitstain and three teens under arrest.

    Maybe a hoax. Who knows? If there is a large scale attack by invading “immigrants” imagine the chaos in the news in the immediate aftermath. Here is where you need to have your mind made up about situational emerging threats, and your eyes wide open. Use a bit of inductive reasoning skills; you already know the score.

    Meanwhile, Biden and other lib mouths are calling for more gun laws.

    • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 7:21 AM

      The amcoms (american communists) have no viable national candidate and anyone they put on the alter will lose.

      So, it’s not about WHO they put on the pedestal, but rather making sure the rep does NOT win, no matter what.

      Again, the amcoms are NOT for their person.
      Again, the amcons are AGAINST the other guy.
      That’s a given.
      Don’t second guess it.

      Now, you’re job is to imagine the depth and breadth of what the amcomms will do to that end.

      Take out sections of grid in key states?
      Mass violence in DC (100,000+ participants)?
      Kidnapping/killing of electors?
      Take out or handicap the opponent?
      Think BIG.
      Trigger some sort of nuclear incident in a foreign NATO country?
      The list is endless.
      THINK – PLAN

  • Anne February 15, 2024, 7:00 AM

    Dear Ghost: Congratulations on 40 years! It gets even better from now on 🙂
    I feel a close affinity to you and your wife: my birthday is Saturday and my DH and I have been married for 42 years! I still love to see that guy walk into the room!

    • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 7:13 AM

      Thank you Anne, and to everyone else.

      I gave my wife 3 gifts and she opened them a little while ago and loved them.

      1. An 8.5 oz tube of Liquitex Basics acrylic paint in Ultramarine, that she told me last week she was almost out of.

      2. A hardback book about the year she was born, 1954.

      3. A big box of an assortment of gardening things. A tool for installing flower bulbs. A 10lb bag of soil improvement mix for bulbs. And 124 assorted flower bulbs.

      Notice, no jewelry or foods. Neither of us do jewelry (nor watches) and we have plenty of foods. For supper tonight I will prepare her her favorite. A grilled cheese with a tomato slice, and a bowl of home made chicken noodle soup.

    • G706 February 15, 2024, 6:05 PM

      I’ve been following this blog for a long time, but I don’t comment. This inspired me to commet.
      I’ve been married 26 years last November to my true love and have 3 sons. My wife has always dreamed of having an El Camino or Ranchero. Every time we see one she would say that’s my car, but I’ll never get one. She wanted a 1970 for her birth year. In 2020 my eldest son found a ’65 project car for a reasonable price and we bought it and hid in at a friends place and worked on it to finish. Finally in December 2023 she went on a 10 day vacation with her girl friend from grade school so we did a week long finish to get the car ready for a suprise birthday party. When she opened the gift wrapped model El Camino with the keys to the real one parked outside she was in tears. Every dollar, every minute, it was worth it for the joy in her heart and the shared father son companionship.

      • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 6:46 PM

        WOW! What a story. Sounds like something you’d see on TV. Man, you won all the way around on that!

        Now, do it all again on YOUR favorite ride!
        BTW, Keep commenting!

      • azlibertarian February 15, 2024, 8:41 PM

        Awesome story. Who says that romance is dead?

  • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 7:04 AM

    “situational emerging threats”

    Step 1, don’t be where the shit is.

    Step 2, if you are where the shit is, but it can’t get on you, haul ass immediately, don’t pass go, don’t take a vid, just lay rubber.

    Step 3, if you can’t get out of it and absolutely must be where the shit might be, and if it gets directly on you, then you have no choice but to act like a rabid caged animal that is being poked with pointy sticks.

    Bring a hell that they would never have imagined.

    Yes, you need to think about this deeply because the gyre is winding faster and faster.

  • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 8:45 AM

    Plan ‘B’

    What if, by way of any number of brewing occurrences, Trump is not your dood in the WH?
    Who is your 2nd choice, your Plan ‘B’?

    DeSantis? Too sissy.
    Abbott? Too FDR’y, if you know what I mean.
    Haley? Please.

    I mentioned before that the dems have no 2nd choice after biden, well, the reps don’t have a 2nd choice neither.

    Now what?

    Roll your heavily glazed eyes over the political palette and what do you see?
    You see a sea of nothingness.
    Crying shame isn’t?

    A big marble room with 450+ suited, sneering, smarmy and arrogant criminals in neckties and necklaces and somehow you are supposed to choose one as the new federal al capone.

    What is a barely literate, emerging 3rd world society to do?
    Does anybody look ahead 3 0r 4 steps any more to find path and peril?

    If we woke up tomorrow to discover that all of the 450+ and their extended families no longer existed would the rest of us be better off or worse?

    Careful how you answer that. Remember, they are criminals and don’t care if you live or die or suffer, do you really want to be associated with them?

    • Casey Klahn February 15, 2024, 1:44 PM

      We had a light colonel who was commandant of our state OCS military academy. He used to speechify a lot in the first few weeks of the course, and one of his subjects was how important leadership is everywhere, not just in the army, and how fucking little of it there is in the world. He was dead right. Instead of fleecing us for our margins of hard-earned pay, the congress and all those DC whores should be honing their leadership skills. As you said in your comment Ghost, the leadership landscape in DC is a goddamned motherfukn desertscape. With smoke pots, box canyons, hanging glaciers and tree fall. Tidal waves.

      Gerard once wrote about fragging LTs in Vietnam, and the premise of that was: you’re in Vietnam, and your Looey has no leadership abilities. That is an existential problem for the troops, and not a small one or a wait-this-out-and-see what happens kind of thing. FF to today, and here comes motherfukn Biden! Leadership scores in the basement (literally!), and what do we have? We have gone from no new wars and the prior ones on simmer or ending (Trump), to every possible type and iteration of war known to man. World war, regional war, civil war, naval war, cyber war…don’t be surprised if a stone throwing tribal war breaks out somewhere. Not only did the world advance warfare to the Fifth GEN of warfare, but under Biden the USA is perfecting it against its own people!

      And congress wants your dime, and your vote. They lead one another around with dog leashes and open assed leather chaps – that’s they’re leadership in DC.

      Time to look for leadership in corporate America (uhhh – that was shitty during lockdowns. If I were a corporate CEO/prez., I’d have written everyone from the governor downward and told them to not close me down, and then at least I could post a letter on my door saying that I am a leader, and this government lockdown is criminal). Look for leadership among the arts (not kidding). Look for it among the veteran population. Blue collar America.

      Have a nice day.

      • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 2:48 PM

        I’m entertaining the idea that by years end I might be a squad leader and that squad could consist of from 1 to 200 people. By the end number, I guess I would be a company commander with several platoons under me.

        Imagine basic training in a civilian environ.

        I’m looking into apprenticing as a free blacksmith, maybe even set up my own little rig and self learn. I’m a decent teacher, to me.

        • Casey Klahn February 16, 2024, 10:37 AM

          One of my “close” neighbors, as the crow flies, makes match rifles from scratch.

          Your militia is your cohort of trusted friends with guns. Some of mine live on the West Side, but my whole flipn county is a militia. Because this is a hunting paradise, and dirt conservative (farming and ranching), we are gund up beyond measure. Plus, we hit where we aim. Some percentage are veterans, and many in this “milita” are hardy like Davy Crockett.

          The absolute best training for using that bang stick is to go afield and hunt coyote. It’s necessary for the good order of living on the land, and it’s rather hard. They make small targets, they are smarter than hell, and they are averse to being shot. Learning how to adopt your sights and assume your firing position, on the fly, is no small feat. Shooting steel and paper is one thing, but killing mammals is all that times 5. It teaches you the OODA Loop, tactics, and your game are going to teach you a graduate-level course in actual hunting.

          Just thought I’d mention that for those who’re interested. My other near-neighbor (my neighbors are measured in distance by miles) grew up in the depression hunting bunny rabbits and coyotes on the farm. He parachuted into Holland in the war and got himself killed, but before that he shot like Alvin York himself, and his parents received a little pointy medal with a blue silk ribbon and 13 white stars on it. Yes, I am talking about THAT medal. They just renamed the little local HS team and mascot after this hometown hero.

          All that to say my militia isn’t the worst in the world and it is my sincere prayer we’re never tried by any enemies foreign or domestic.

  • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 12:42 PM

    Quote of the Day

    “Modern slaves are not held in chains, they are held in debt.”
    –gs, 2099

  • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 1:55 PM

    Well now, in the past hour or so I have seen ALL the local woodpeckers on the suet.
    Flicker, Red Headed (the purty one), Pileated, Red Bellied, Downy, and Hairy.
    Nuthatches too, as well as all the other regulars.

    Why do I find this stuff enjoyable?
    Most people today would yawn.

  • azlibertarian February 15, 2024, 3:21 PM

    Life is easing up a bit…..wife’s feeling better, and I’ve made good progress with my taxes. I mention this because we were able to get a couple’o errands done around mid-day, including the periodic pilgrimage to Costco. This is all a long way of saying that I’ve had less of the “Must-Do-Today” items on my agenda, and I’ve had some leeway in where my attention is focused.

    Anyway, I’ve been listening to the hearing to establish whether the Atlanta DA Fani Willis, and her office, should be thrown off the case in their prosecution of Trump and 18 others. The allegation is that Willis hired her then-married boyfriend, Nathan Wade, as the Special Prosecutor. Wade (who Ace has been referring to as “Darrius ‘Sweetdick’ Honeycum, Esq.“) testified under subpoena and he’s a hot mess. Then Willis, who had been fighting her subpoena, storms to the courthouse, and wants to testify. She’s a train wreck. There are mentions of her safe house, cash payments (no receipts, of course) to “Sweetdick” as reimbursement for the cruises and other vacations she’d taken with her paramour and other on-the-witness-stand confessions. She was on the stand for maybe 4 hours and she may not be done.

    I always thought that trials were largely cut-and-dried, and maybe they are. But this one is lit, as the kids say. Willis and Wade (and perhaps others) have taken their reputations and legal careers and built a bonfire with them. It’s been the most entertainment I’ve seen on TV in quite a while.

    • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 5:57 PM

      Jeez, just looked it up. Link below.
      Reads like a trashy romance novel about filthy negro’s drowning in free gov’t money.
      My wish is that everyone involved to be burned at the stake.
      Look what this country has become.
      After I read that I felt like I needed a shower.


    • ghostsniper February 15, 2024, 7:08 PM

      Oh man, there’s hundreds of youtubes showing this unbelievably retarded negress skewering herself. How in the world did she ever get to the paygrade she was in while being so down in the ghetto in her attitude? Every past case judicial she was involved in needs to be audited.

      How embarrassing this whole gov’t has become and is now being revealed to all.

  • azlibertarian February 15, 2024, 8:36 PM

    “…Every past case judicial she was involved in needs to be audited…..”

    I hadn’t thought of that aspect. Now that you’ve brought it up, the can of worms that they’ve opened up is about the size of an oil tanker.

    Here’s why I say that: Willis spoke of it today on the stand…..she is a former judge. A low-level “Municipal” judge, but a judge nonetheless. The same applies to Wade….they met at some sort of conference for judges where he was a speaker. My guess is that every losing attorney who had business before either of them is (or should be) looking to get their case re-heard.

    It was a long day watching/listening to a trial in real-time. Tomorrow, they’ll do it again. I haven’t done this since the Rittenhouse trial.

    Good recap of today by Viva Frei.

  • Anne February 15, 2024, 10:22 PM

    There may be one good result from this GA horror show. The guilty woman is an African/attorney just like our VP. Do you think Americans will make the comparison?

    • ghostsniper February 16, 2024, 3:31 AM

      Only if people like you make the connection for them. Seems almost no one has the capacity any more to think one or two steps in any direction. Everybody lives in the “now”, now. Like terrified and ignorant wild animals. Clap your hands loud and they buckle into a puddle of piss and tears. Useless.

  • Anne February 16, 2024, 8:15 AM

    Look for it. I don’t know where everyone here lives, be it small town or major metropolis there are driving patterns. Habits you might say that drivers in a particular area develop among themselves. For example in Seattle the drivers have learned to cut off the driver in the next lane with very little space between the two vehicles. Also, they make the dive into the next lane without warning. Because they are always, always on a freeway moving at a particular speed they seem unable to slow down for residential zones, or school zones, etc.
    I ask the drivers here to take a look around your “area”. Look at the treks you make most often. Now, here is the test: can you tell when you see a person from a particular age group driving in front of you, or coming at you? Ghostwhisper, I am going to rely on you here to explain “spatial recognition”. I have a theory that two certain age groups– the Millenials (Born 1981-1996) and the Generation Z (Born 1997-2010) can be identified by how long it takes them to respond to any “new situation” on the street. For example: how long does it take them to slow down when they turn off from a fast moving street into a narrower and slower moving street? I believe that the Millenials (the me generation) take longer to slow down because of who they are. Whereas, Generation Z drivers take longer to slow down because they have very little experience recognizing change in the space they are in (spatial recognition)? That is because of the helicopter parenting style– while they were growing up they had no experience playing outside by themselves–un supervised by the watching adult. I believe you can determine which generation they are by the way they drive separate from the driving tradition of the place they are in–does that make sense?

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