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  • Joe Krill March 6, 2024, 8:45 AM

    A friendly reminder by Edwin Starr.

    War, huh, yeah
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    War, huh, yeah
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    Say it again, why’all

    War, huh, good god
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing, listen to me

    Oh, war, I despise
    ‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives

    War means tears to thousands of mothers eyes
    When their sons go to fight
    And lose their lives

    I said, war, huh good god, why’all
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing say it again

    War, whoa, lord
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing, listen to me

    (War) it ain’t nothing but a heart-breaker
    (War) friend only to the undertaker
    Oh, war it’s an enemy to all mankind
    The point of war blows my mind
    War has caused unrest
    Within the younger generation
    Induction then destruction
    Who wants to die, ah, war-huh, good god why’all
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    Say it, say it, say it
    War, huh
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing listen to me

    (War) it ain’t nothing but a heart breaker
    (War) it’s got one friend that’s the undertaker
    Oh, war, has shattered many a young mans dreams
    Made him disabled, bitter and mean
    Life is much to short and precious
    To spend fighting wars these days
    War can’t give life
    It can only take it away

    Oh, war, huh good god why’all
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing say it again

    (War) whoa, lord
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing listen to me

    (War) it ain’t nothing but a heart breaker
    (War) friend only to the undertaker
    Peace, love and understanding
    Tell me, is there no place for them today
    They say we must fight to keep our freedom
    But lord knows there’s got to be a better way

    Oh, war, huh good god why’all
    What is it good for you tell me
    Say it, say it, say it, say it

    (War) huh good god why’all
    What is it good for
    Stand up and shout it nothing

    • Joe Krill March 6, 2024, 2:26 PM

      “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” — Plato

  • ghostsniper March 6, 2024, 8:56 AM


    Wait a minute.
    I don’t see any backbone in that mess.
    Can’t be real sketty without no backbone.


    • azlibertarian March 6, 2024, 9:12 AM

      Back when I was working, one of my favorite Italian restaurants anywhere was located in……

      …..wait for it…..

      Tokyo, not far from the Shinjuku Station….the busiest transportation hub on the planet…3.7 million people a day.

      Their carbonara was wonderful.

      • ghostsniper March 6, 2024, 9:24 AM

        OK, I had to look that up, never heard of it.

        Carbonara is a pasta dish made with eggs, hard cheese, fatty cured pork, and black pepper. The dish took its modern form and name in the middle of the 20th century. The cheese is usually pecorino romano. Some variations use Parmesan, Grana Padano, or a combination of cheeses.

        I’d give it a try, but I’ve never been a big fan of pasta dishes.
        Like I said, it’s all about that backbone.
        BIG slab of backbone right slap in the middle surrounded by little mounds of side stuffs, will do me just fine.

        I remember the best meal I had in Germany was called Hasenbraten – roast rabbit.
        Half a roast rabbit in the middle of the plate with dark, almost black, brown gravy over the whole mess. Then about 6 little piles of cooked, shredded vegetables around the perifery. Add in a stout loaf of crusty assed brötchen and a few litres of brews and you’ve got a memorable chow down.

  • ghostsniper March 6, 2024, 9:02 AM

    Delivered directly from Air Force Juan

    Parody is dead. For years I’ve joked that if the Democrats are really concerned about the dangers incurred by people illegally crossing our borders, they should just cut out that long, hazardous pilgrimage and pick up the illegals in their own countries and bring them here in comfort. And we now know that’s exactly what’s happening.

    Biden’s laughably-named Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has been using chartered planes to pick up unvetted illegal migrants in other countries then flying them directly to the interior of the United States for secret release. Although the new arrivals do have to pinky swear they’ll apply for legal status within two years.

    Part of Biden’s plan was to artificially reduce the number of crossings being reported at the border. And by using our tax money to secretly fly in illegals and give them walking around money, he did lower that number by 320,000 anonymous illegals in 2023. Not that it made much of a dent in the total border crossing numbers – there are still nearly ten times the illegals strolling into the country under Biden than was the case when Trump was President.

    But how do the illegals even know about the program and how to use it to receive free criminal airfare? Simple. They use a CBP app on their smartphones that lets them schedule a trip on Air Biden as easily as calling for a ride on Uber.

    I’d love to make some kind of pointed joke about all of this, but how can I? This is madness or, likely, something considerably more evil.

    Rest In Peace, parody. You were fun while you lasted.


  • ghostsniper March 6, 2024, 9:32 AM

    Let’s go completely insane for a moment – since we seem to be living in more and more insane times.

    Is it possible for the criminal biden group to sell the entire US nuclear arsenal to china with the stipulation that they have to leave the missles in the silos as they are? IOW, china owns the missles but they can’t remove them from their present locations.

    Then, the biden crew says they will use that china money to pay down the debt, and that is how they get all the criminal dems on board and to agree to it.

    Now, since the dems lie about everything all the time, the biden group could tell their underling voters that the amount of money china will pay for the US nuclear arsenal is equal to about half of the US debt, or, $20trillion. Keep in mind none of this is real, it’s all made up, cause no one has any way to disprove it and the criminal media will go along with it. It’s just numbers on computer monitors. Except for the part where biden gives the chinx the launch codes.

    Is that so far out there as to be unbelievable?
    Or is it possible?
    Just wundrin…

  • ghostsniper March 6, 2024, 9:52 AM

    Speaking of insanity.
    At what point is the US no longer the US?

    I stopped at my bank ATM the other day and the first thing it asks is do I want english or spanish?
    And it’s been that way as long as I’ve been with that bank.
    I was born and raised in the US, so why should I have to answer that shitty question every.dam.time.I use the ATM?

    Not to mention, I was required to have ENGLISH classes continuously through all 12 years of public schooling. Why do I have to choose one or the other???

    With all the incremental changes taking place all the time to make the “melting pot” more delicious to all the “huddled masses” there will come a time when us natives feel like outsiders in our own country.

    You hear patriots (little p) yammering all the time about how they ain’t going nowhere and they’re gonna fight to the death for “their” country, regardless of the millions of foreigners all around them.

    Will the little p patriots get a clue when a gov’t built low income housing community for illegal immigrants completely encircles their home? And then right next to it they build a level 9 prison system to carry the resulting overflow.

    So, one more time, at what point does your country become no longer yours?
    Do you think this dynamic is not possible?

    • DT March 6, 2024, 4:33 PM

      “Our” times are done; old America is almost gone, all we can do is hope the few remaining remnants don’t disappear before we do. Which I doubt. What I don’t doubt is those of us born say from 1970 and earlier will be offed by our government – “those people are too old to be productive, they’re insurrectionists, why not save the money they use up for their own selfish needs” (SS and Medicare which we’ve paid into all our working lives).
      IF DJT actually gets into office and is more effective than his first term, my best hope is he can delay the inevitable. By 2050, the America we grew up with will all be gone. By popular acclaim at that.

  • Casey Klahn March 6, 2024, 6:57 PM

    Tonight I’m reading that Mayor Eric Adams is declaring transit crime and other crime is DOWN in NYC. Then, they call out the nasty guard to conduct a large stop & frisk operation at the subway stations. Hmmm. Scratches head. “Nothing to see here, folks. Just move along”.

    One wit did say what if this is due to a credible threat from Hamas?

    Pasta! Now I’m hungry.

    • ghostsniper March 7, 2024, 3:54 AM

      MTA CEO Janno Lieber, who spoke alongside Hochul on Wednesday, said 38 people were arrested for crimes against transit employees last year and those suspects had over 600 prior arrests. Citing NYPD data, Lieber said 1% of subway suspects were responsible for “well over 20% of the crime.”

      During his interview with NY1, Adams blamed the subway crimes on repeated offenders and claimed that those 38 suspects had also been tied to over 1,100 other crimes in the city.

      “We don’t have a surge in crime. We have a surge in recidivism,” Adams said. “If we don’t go after the recidivist problem, we’re going to continue to see (a) small number of bad people doing bad things to good people in this city.”


  • Snakepit Kansas March 7, 2024, 4:46 AM

    My friend ordered 1,000 rounds of 9mm a few days ago. Not sure why because he has several thousand already. Possibly it is future currency.

    • ghostsniper March 7, 2024, 6:36 AM

      If it was a good price he should have bought 10,000 rounds.
      That stuff is always barterable and doesn’t lose it’s value due to inflation.

  • ghostsniper March 7, 2024, 6:42 AM

    The american communists are revving it up.
    The google news line up this morning was littered with all sorts of predictions on what disasters Trump will cause when he wins the presidency sending half the country, those already demented, into the vapors.

    Break out the fainting couches in mass!

    Remember the air raid sirens when we were kids?
    That’s what the media will sound like in the lead up to the election, trying to drown out all sensibilities.

    I suggest everyone here to keep your nose to the grindstone and try to enhance your self survival in all ways and keep all your senses tuned in order to expand your tribe safely. Take NO risks, mind your own business, and keep your head on a swivel, reduce your footprint in all ways – turn into Mr Gray.

  • ghostsniper March 7, 2024, 2:09 PM

    Been pondering the various ways that the criminals could prevent Trump from winning and I can’t come to any conclusion on how they would work. Save one.

    I’m predicting an eventual assassination of Donald Trump some time before November. That’s how “by any means necessary” works, and by their language the criminals are already liquoring themselves up for it.

    As soon as they realize that Trump can Beat the Cheat, they’ll try to kill him. And given that the Secret Service is probably already one of the federal agencies the criminals have weaponized in their service, they’ll probably succeed.

    This canceling will occur when the TV camera’s are watching and he is standing in front of a large crowd. Where he is least protected.

    In your mind you can blend 2 scenarios.
    The first are the still frames of the Zapruder film of the assassination of JFK.
    The second is the pictorials of the scene where that dood in Las Vegas took long range shots at the Jason Aldeen concert.

    Rather than 1 shooter there will be at least 5, from widely spaced zones from all angles. 1 of them is sure to be successful. All the shooters will be eff-bee-eye wind-up toys.

    5 shooters with specialized Remington model 70’s in .308 on tripods, all coordinated by cellular timers, 1 shot each at the exact same time – at least 1 of them will be successful.

    Got a back up plan?
    First thing you got to ask yourself is, plan for what?
    The presidency?
    If the above scenario happens the presidency won’t be your immediate concern.

    I pay no never mind to things “way over there”, Ukraine, Israel, China, “pooty”, etc., when there are literally thousands of more pressing threats much closer.

    Same with the presidency. It is “way over there” in DC and I’m not.

    Even though DC, and to a lesser extent the entire country will be in chaos, it is the local criminal potentiality that gets my most attention. While the country is in chaos I, and tribe members, will be focusing on perimeter guard and securing our AO.

    Tribe, you ask?
    Our tribe currently has 4 members and 2 of them are females and are our wives.
    So, mostly just 2 full grown males with extensive “experience”.
    I expect, however, shortly after national chaos starts the radius of our AO will slowly expand as well as the overall size of the tribe.

    It will be small and ever expanding enclaves that eventually force chaos out of the narrative. Just like it always has before. Onward.
    –The Raging Patriot, 2099

  • DT March 7, 2024, 4:34 PM

    Hey Anne:
    It probably no longer matters: for one, it seems there are already legal records of this activity. And 2) you’re already known to be a follower of this blog and probably others. 3) Other activities probably have already put you on The List. 4) etc.

    If nothing else, you probably vote, have a drivers license, get a power bill. There is no escape. Besides, the Internet is forever. (Look yourself up on-line sometime. You’ll probably be unpleasantly surprised how much “public” information about you is available)

    I myself know for certainty I’ve been on a variety of lists since the late 70s. They were good lists at the time, not so much now. No point in worrying about it. I don’t use a pseudonym to hide from the govt – they know who I am. It’s the cannon fodder I disguise myself from.

    And here we all thought “It will go on your permanent record” from early school days was just an idle threat. Be glad you were an adult before the extensive use of computerized databases became prevalent.

    Relax and don’t worry about it (unless you’re near a big city – particularly a D city – such as maybe the Seattle metro area? or along the I-5 corridor? or I-95 if you’re east). What will come, will come. God, the Fates, or Murphy will be in control – sit back and enjoy the ride. Nothing else we can really do about it anyway except prepare for what you can.

    DJT will not save the country; DJT may not have another year to live. Then who?

    No point in preparing for the end of the world. Even if you were so prepared, after a time, those that weren’t will discover you anyway. I prepare for things like power outages, fire, food shortages, water, and miscreants. I don’t arm myself for an invasion of the mob people. Should such occur, my neighbors and I would be overcome regardless of how well armed we are; it’s just not likely hereabouts. You can only effectively use one firearm at a time anyway.

    A good, practical, non-apocalyptic preparedness book:
    “Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family” by Arthur Bradley
    $25 on Amazon

    Use a VPN. I find Mullvad and IVPN (both non-US for what that’s worth) to be of good service. Multiple server locations, no records kept, and I change servers regularly (very easy to do).

    Not to be scary but if they want you, they will get you. I tell my actual extreme right-wing friends that if the black helicopters want them, they would be trussed up before they realized what was happening, armed or not. Or find themselves in a Randy Weaver situation.

    Right now, we’re all small enough to be not worthy of attention. So kick back, enjoy life, and have a good time. Me – a perpetual pessimist – live my life almost as if nothing is wrong and live in a place where that’s still possible. When it isn’t anymore … bless God and give thanks for the good times you did live through.

    “Almost Cut My Hair”

    • azlibertarian March 7, 2024, 6:27 PM

      “…I’ve been on a variety of lists since the late 70s….”

      We are all on “a variety of lists”.

      “…Use a VPN….”

      Don’t get me wrong, I’ve used a VPN for years. But I’ve sometimes wondered: Did the NSA (or maybe the CCP) set up these VPN companies to get us to pay for the privilege of mainlining our online lives straight into their records? /conspiracy theory

      • ghostsniper March 7, 2024, 7:15 PM

        Sounds plausible.
        Your online presence is only ONE of the dots in the matrix that draws a picture of who you are.
        Keep everything in moderation and you’ll most likely not draw flys. (iz’at spelt rite?)

        • azlibertarian March 7, 2024, 7:44 PM

          “Fly” is one of those weird words which can be either a noun, a verb or an adjective. The plural form of the noun is usually “flies”, but “flies” is the present indicative form of the verb. That plane flies like a truck..

          I had to look all that up on the internet, so now the NSA has added that to my file.

      • DT March 8, 2024, 3:45 PM

        Probably. >Everything< electronic goes into their records (see "TEMPEST"). But it may not be worth their while to decrypt.
        If there's an encryption algorithm available to the public, they'll spend the time and resources to beat it.

        I see Anne got her wish. I hope it does her well

    • John A. Fleming March 8, 2024, 12:17 AM

      I’ve never used those commercial VPN services. They don’t seem to provide any real advantage. They secure the last mile. Big deal. Once it reaches the provider’s tunnel endpoint, you have no idea at all how much monitoring, analysis, and selling they do of what you are doing and looking at.

      There is an alternative. It’s very annoying to set up. You need to set up your own VPN, so that no matter where you are, when you go mobile, your computing devices always tunnel back to your home network. Then as far as anybody can tell, there’s an IP address in your home network that is accessing the web. No one has the need to know that you are in another city/state/country. Most small business/home office routers have the capability to host IPSec tunnels

      Of course, if they’ve already penetrated your mobile device, they can figure out that you are tunneling back to home. Like I said, it’s annoying and tricky to set up and secure.

      • DT March 8, 2024, 3:46 PM

        Mobile devices are the worst

  • ghostsniper March 7, 2024, 5:20 PM

    The party that thinks men can become pregnant
    wants to control “misinformation” on the internet.

  • ghostsniper March 8, 2024, 3:41 AM

    Jeez, nothing but rain today, all day long and up til about 2pm tomorrow.
    Rain is my least favorite weather condition.
    It brings me down man.

    High humidity heat would be my 2nd least favorite condition.
    Cold, snow, and low humidity can all be dealt with reasonably.
    Dress properly and throw another log on the fire.
    Sit big vats of water around to evaporate into the air to keep your passages from drying out and becoming miserable.
    And yes, a fire out in the yard is a thing.

    If it’s hot and sticky all you can do is turn that dollar-dial on the wall to blow more cold air.
    So either you’re miserable from the heat or miserable about the money you have to spend to be comfortable.

  • Casey Klahn March 8, 2024, 7:07 AM

    After that hot gaslighting for an hour and a half last night, Brandon could at least have given us a cigarette, and taxi fare home.

    • ghostsniper March 8, 2024, 8:01 AM

      Watching “ol’ yeller” for more than 15 seconds is more than I can bear, so I didn’t.

      I can’t imagine what that criminal piece of could ever say that would interest me, except, “Someone please hand me a pistol.”, and I’d gladly hand him my favorite 92F.

  • Casey Klahn March 8, 2024, 7:25 AM

    On a much lighter note, the fam went out to The Spaghetti Factory last night to celebrate a birthday. I added Bolognese sauce to my short list of what I cook at home this year, but was mildly amused that TSF calls it some other weird name. “Rich Meat Sauce”. As if! Theirs is a bit hotter than mine – I think they add way more cayenne pepper. My wife won’t touch even 1 star of heat in her meal, and so I go mild on that.

    Neither my wife nor I could even recall our own Twenty-First birthdays. I’m a total blank on that (I practiced abstinence then so no jokes). I was 4 months into my one year at the Washington Military Academy, and firing on 12 cylinders and running beside myself (OCS program). On my birthday I started my junior year in college – I remember no cultural stuff or hardly any news of the day.

    One gift I gave my beloved daughter was a cigar box with a selection of old mechanical pencils, such as a Kooh-I-Noor and a Cross pencil. My wife had gifted me with a Blackwing pencil set, which is the Gucci of art graphite pencils, recently gone caput and then resurrected by some young entrepreneurs who couldn’t bear to see a tradition die. And so, my daughter also got a old fashioned wood encased Blackwing pencil with a beautiful silver gray enamel paint job.

    My favorite art pencils I will detail to you some other day.

    Have a good day, AD gang. Don’t let Joe Biden get you down. My wife was sure that at the SOTU he was powered by meth-equivalent and that about 10 minutes from the end you could visibly see it wear off.

    • Missy March 9, 2024, 1:55 PM

      Did you get the one or two hole Blackwing sharpener, or do you sharpen with a knife, all art school-y like?

  • Anne March 8, 2024, 7:38 AM

    Casey I agree with your wife–there was some “manipulation” going on last night. I am sure chemicals was part of the speech, but I am also concerned about something I did not see–or did I? The monitors. Those glass things that are usually standing in front of the speaker. They are transparent to the audience, but the speech is visible to the speaker on these things. They are usually very easy to see, but last night I didn’t see them–until just the very end of the speech. Someone had a camera angled just so I could maybe see the side edge of one of those things. Whatever. You will never convince me that that man memorized his entire speech and spoke without notes last night. I did see a folder type thing on the podium, but he never once looked at it–don’t know what that was for except as staging prop. If a thing is too smooth–it’s . . .

    • Casey Klahn March 8, 2024, 11:08 AM

      Hi, Anne. I will admit that Biden has a political career as long a Moses’ beard, and he seems to have rhetorical devices he returns to again and again. I call it a “rap”. Just put a coin in, and listen to him bloviate on the current political topic. He must wear a wire and by this point in time those things are invisible; certainly he needs a prompter.

      Just like his Hitlerian speech in Philadelphia. Imagine a Republican talking in that style? It was atrocious, and his followers ought to be encamped without formal meals or water. His transition from Ukraine to J6 was egregious and for that alone he deserves censure.

      • DT March 8, 2024, 3:48 PM

        But a large number of people will vote for him. Even more dead ones.

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