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Open thread 6/5/24

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  • SK June 5, 2024, 12:01 PM

    A lovely bee on a delicate California poppy. So lovely.

    A little bee poem. No idea who wrote it:

    On a quest for pollen, bees take flight,
    From dawn till dusk, from morning light.
    A journey long, with rewards so sweet,
    In every bloom, a friend they meet.

  • ghostsniper June 5, 2024, 1:42 PM

    It’s now officially AIR CONDITION SEASON around here.
    I couldn’t stand it any longer.
    “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”
    That’s true.
    The temps have been in the mid 60’s to the mid 80’s depending on time of day, and that’s been manageable what with keeping the window on the north side of my office open, and a 56″ ceiling fan, and a pedestal fan.

    But it’s that GD humidity that wears me out.
    Seriously, that was my problem living in Florida too.
    Trying to breath through a hot, wet T-shirt.

    But now the AC’s on and all is well again.
    Except when I go out in the workshop, which has no AC, and I’m spending more time out there now that it’s not freezing to death out there. All them bolts, and nuts, and nails, and screws that need sortin’ and such. You know how it is. Get out there in that workshop, make some sawdust, get greasy hands, gluey fingers, spider webbed hair…how’d that piece of blue tape get on the back of my arm?????

    • LaShmoe June 6, 2024, 6:07 AM

      I used to be able to tolerate the heat and high humidity fairly well as long as I was outdoors. Lived in north Texas for 52 years, then moved to Louisiana. I hit a wall in my 68th year last summer. Now – even high 70s is almost intolerable when the humidity is 80%. Must be something in the body that quits functioning quite as well in old timers. Drat…

    • azlibertarian June 6, 2024, 9:21 AM

      Oh, we’ve had our AC on for some time, but that shouldn’t surprise. Here in AZ, we enjoyed a relatively mild spring and early summer (is that what we’re in now?), but this week the high temps have returned. Yesterday, 107°, today 110°, tomorrow 108°. We’ll be back to more normal low-mid 100’s by Sunday. Like those in northern climes do as they prepare for winter, we make sure the AC’s are serviced and in good order in the spring, that the pool won’t be giving us any trouble, and then when the high temperatures hit, we just hibernate through the day. Chores and exercisin’ are done in the early mornings (I was done with my 3+ miles at 6:15 this morning). I’m a skin cancer magnet, so I am rarely out much during the day, and when I am, I wear long sleeves and/or a big-brimmed hat.

  • Joe Krill June 5, 2024, 5:07 PM

    From onthenorthriver.com

    John, who runs “onthenorthriver” used to post here years ago.

    Today is a special day. It “BEE” about a fed- up American who stung back.

    June 4th 2018 marks the 14th anniversary of the Killdozer’s rampage through Granby Colorado.
    Sit down kids and let me tell you a tale, about a reasonable man driven to do unreasonable things.
    Marvin Heemeyer was a man who owned a muffler shop in Granby Colorado. The city council ordained to approve the construction of a concrete factory in the lot across from Marvin’s shop. In the process this blocked the only access road to the muffler shop. Marvin petitioned to stop the construction to no avail. Petitioned to construct a new access road, and even bought the heavy machinery to do so himself. Denied.
    The concrete factory went up in disregard to the ramifications on Marvin’s business. To add insult to injury, the factory construction disconnected the muffler shop from the city sewage lines. An indifferent city government then chose to fine Marvin for this.
    His business and livelihood were in ruin. Rather than lie down and die, Marvin chose to fight back. Over the course of a year and a half Marvin secretly outfitted the bulldozer he bought to save his business with three foot thick steel and concrete armor, camera systems guarded with bulletproof glass.
    On June 4th 2004 Marvin Heemeyer lowered the armored shell over top of himself, entombing himself inside the Killdozer to make his last stand.

    He burst forth from the walls of his muffler shop and straight into the concrete factory that ruined his business. Over the course of the next several hours Marvin drove his Killdozer through 13 buildings owned by those officials that had wronged him, including the city council building itself.
    Swat teams swarmed the dozer, but it proved immune to small arms fire and even explosives. Another piece of heavy machinery was even brought out to fight the Killdozer, but it too fell to the dozers righteous fury.
    In the end, Marvin’s Killdozer became trapped in one of the buildings it was built to destroy. Marvin chose to take his life, the only life he took that day.
    Today we celebrate Killdozer day and Marvin Heemeyer, the last great American folk hero. A man driven to the brink who chose to fight back against an indifferent system.
    From notes left behind after his passing: “I was always willing to be reasonable until I had to be unreasonable. Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things.”
    When injustice becomes the law, resistance becomes duty
    2024 note,  possibility more than ever today.

  • Snakepit Kansas June 6, 2024, 4:35 AM

    Killdozer gave a double barreled middle finger to the unjust. Defiance. If that is how they want to play then let’s play.

  • HJB June 6, 2024, 7:51 AM

    And …..in the end ….. he lost.

    • azlibertarian June 6, 2024, 9:08 AM

      “And …..in the end ….. he lost.”

      I dunno about that.

      He made an impact. Twenty years later, we still know his name.

      How many will speak your name twenty years after you’re gone?

      • Snakepit Kansas June 6, 2024, 11:00 AM

        He had no chance to win. He knew it. He responded.

        • ghostsniper June 6, 2024, 11:09 AM

          He ate a lead pill didn’t he?

          • HJB June 7, 2024, 6:29 AM

            A bit like Butch and Sundance, I guess. Not many names really remembered after the family is gone. Maybe there’s some credit in the afterlife for being known, maybe not.

  • ghostsniper June 6, 2024, 12:55 PM

    Land Corridors
    Oh, puh-fukking-leez.
    They truly are clown world.

    The best that can be hoped for is that DC is turned into a smokin’ ashtray and a heavy wind is blowing from the west.

    About Those Land Corridors…
    … much ado about nothing. Media also want to eat.

    Nato is developing multiple “land corridors” to rush US troops and armour to the front lines in the event of a major European ground war with Russia. American soldiers would land at one of five ports and be channelled along pre-planned logistical routes to confront a possible attack by Moscow, officials told The Telegraph. It comes amid warnings from the Alliance’s top leaders that Western governments must prepare themselves for a conflict with Russia in the next two decades. Logistical routes have become a key priority since Nato leaders agreed to prepare 300,000 troops to be kept in a state of high readiness to defend the alliance at a summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, last year. Existing plans have US troops landing at Dutch ports before boarding trains that transport them through Germany and onwards to Poland.
    When I say they are incompetent amateurs in NATO I now wholeheartedly mean it. Get a load of this, LOL))

    If Nato forces entering from the Netherlands are hit by Russian bombardment, or northern European ports destroyed, the alliance is set to shift focus to ports in Italy, Greece and Turkey. From Italian ports, US troops could be carried via land through Slovenia, Croatia to Hungary, which shares a border with Ukraine. Similar plans exist to transport forces from Turkish and Greek ports through Bulgaria and Romania to reach the alliance’s eastern flank.
    These clowns obviously need basic arithmetic for calculating the “weight” of Russian missile salvo which is enough to take out any possible port of disembarkation of NATO troops and of completely paralyzing SLOC (Shipping Lanes of Communication) including by means of sinking any ships carrying troops. I posted this piece a few years back, it is worth reminding these “planners” that they better face the music.

    While Metrick does a good job describing an effect of a salvo of tens of 3M14 missiles on Bremenhaven as a main “unloading point” of arriving NATO reinforcements to attack Russia (yes, namely this way, not the other way around), he is incorrect in assuming that such an asset as Project 885 Yasen-class SSGNs will be involved in striking European ports–for that Russia has more than enough 3M14 and X-101s loaded on a fleet of missile corvettes, SSKs and strategic bombers of Tu-160 and Tu-95 variety. The first salvo from these assets may involve up to 150-200 long range cruise missiles–all of them within the range of any European port capable to receive reinforcements from the US. Yasens are a different breed–they are specifically designed for operations on SLOC, their own ASW (against NATO subs) and, finally, these are dedicated CBGs killers, more so than even monstrous Oscar-II (Project 949A) SSGNs. Next year, first launch of hypersonic 3M22 Zircon is planned from one of the Yasen-class subs. This weapon changes calculus of any war on the high seas completely.
    Five years passed since then and Russian economy is firing on all cylinders outproducing NATO in everything, sometimes by the order of magnitude and especially so in standoff weapons. Because of that, even they noticed:

    But after warnings that Nato only has 5 per cent of the necessary air defences to cover its eastern flank, the Jsec commander is concerned about surface-to-air capabilities to defend his key logistical hubs. “Observing and assessing the Russian war in Ukraine, we have observed Russia has attacked Ukraine’s logistics bases,” he said. “That must lead to the conclusion that it is clear that huge logistics bases, as we know it from Afghanistan and Iraq, are no longer possible because they will be attacked and destroyed very early on in a conflict situation.” “With regards to air defence… It’s always scarce. I cannot imagine a situation that you have enough air defence. That is a good example where a military principle applies: ‘If you want to be strong everywhere, you are strong nowhere.’”
    Yes, they will be destroyed together with C3 structure with command top being killed either in disembarkation points, on the march or in tactical and operational rear. And, BTW, you CAN be strong nearly everywhere if you defend the country such as Russia, which knows war better than anyone else in the world. Spin, all the time, never-ending.


  • ghostsniper June 6, 2024, 1:48 PM

    American Insurgents
    “Ready your gear, Warriors, the time is near.”
    –gs, 2099

    “The regime has lost the hearts and minds that matter.”

    . . . What do we mean by the Revolution? The War? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an Effect and Consequence of it. The Revolution was in the Minds of the the People, and this was effected from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington. . . .

    John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 24, 1815

    “Hearts and minds” became a cliché during the Vietnam War. Somebody noticed that many of the Vietnamese had no particular enthusiasm for either the War for Freedom, Democracy, and Domino Prevention or its American sponsors. Thus began a trademark U.S. effort to win the hearts and minds of the skeptical and the outright opposed. It was based on a belief that’s been the undoing of centuries of rulers: that “the masses” can be swayed by the right combination of propaganda, threats, repression, and fear.

    The Americans had lost Vietnamese hearts and minds before most of them had even arrived. The 1954 Geneva accords partitioned Vietnam at roughly the 17th parallel and provided for reunification after elections in 1956. The U.S. government realized that communist Ho Chi Minh, a popular hero for his leadership of the resistance against the Japanese in World War II and the French afterwards, would easily win. The promised elections were not held.

    That decision kneecapped the next 19 years of U.S. “saving democracy” propaganda. Even when a government controls the precious narrative, actions speak louder than words; hypocrisy’s stench overwhelms the honeyed propaganda. The man on the street, publicly lauded but privately disparaged by the ruling class, realizes the truth and doesn’t forget it.

    Back home, the U.S. government has been losing hearts and minds for decades. The show-trial verdict against Donald Trump will push more people into the ranks of the permanently disillusioned, and that group already numbers in the tens of millions.

    The almost automatic faith the government enjoyed through the Depression, World War II, and the years that followed suffered its first big hit with the Kennedy assassination and the Warren Commission whitewash. The Vietnam War took its toll, exacerbated by the draft and the treatment of returning soldiers.

    Since Vietnam, the government and the ruling class have destroyed sentient Americans’ belief in their probity and effectiveness. Watergate, abandonment of the gold standard, double-digit inflation, Iran-Contra, serial financial crises, the Clintons’ scandals, the dot-com bust, 9/11 and the string of disastrous Middle East interventions it kicked off, the Patriot Act, the housing bust, too big to fail, Snowden’s revelations, and the rancid legislative maneuvers used to sneak through Obamacare set the table for Trump in 2016. His election kicked the lose-hearts-and-minds project into overdrive.

    In their vicious arrogance and myopic stupidity, the regime and its media minions didn’t grasp that Trump rode a wave of those who treat anything they condemn as an endorsement and reject anything they endorse. “Deplorables” became a badge of honor. (Now another has been bestowed—“convicted felon”—already gracing T-shirts, baseball hats, banners, and memes.) Trump’s election was the Lexington moment for a Revolution that had already been effected in “the Minds of the People.” The regime recognized its significance before the revolutionaries did and even before Trump took office set out to destroy him.

    Soviet secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria reportedly said, “Give me the man and I will give you the case against him.” The regime had its man, and they tried to build case after case against him. Mueller and Russiagate came up empty, as did two impeachment efforts. Ultimately, they employed another Soviet stratagem—an obviously rigged election—to at least temporarily vanquish Trump. With the January 6 persecutions, they went after both Trump and his supporters.

    Trump is a Bobo doll and he’s popped back up to a sizable and undoubtedly understated lead in this year’s election polls, aided by the repeated blunders of the most inept administration in history. Even Biden’s media minions haven’t been much help. Like the regime’s, their credibility is gone.

    The only ones who still believe are the village idiots. The regime has waged lawfare against Trump with about the same success as its Ukrainian proxies have had against Russia. Smirking Joe Biden and regime toadies should enjoy the verdict and sentencing, it’s liable to be their Kherson moment (one of the few battles Ukraine won).

    Trump may well win this election from a jail cell. His campaign donations are overloading his website and there are reports he’s raised $200 million since the verdict. It’s no longer just Trump supporters versus never-Trump Republicans and Democrats. It’s fair play and elementary justice versus tyrannical law and rank injustice, amplified by that inner scream of outrage every decent human being feels when confronted by manifest evil. Millions are asking themselves: who’s next? We’re all surveilled 24/7, and when law is a charade, as Beria noted, anyone can be persecuted.

    Speaking of the election, will the Democrats steal this one, too? In their all-consuming quest for power, unchecked by any consideration of morality, they’ll certainly try. They may succeed. If they don’t, there will be widespread rioting. If they do, there won’t be, but the ranks of those who have concluded that the system is irretrievably corrupt and beyond repair will swell. If the Democrats conclude they can’t steal the election, that Trump’s support is too overwhelming, we may face a “national emergency” that will prevent it. The deadly germ thing won’t work a second time, but perhaps nuclear war with Russia. Anything to hold on to power.

    It’s a sign of pervasive cynicism that “Uniparty” and “Deep State” have become commonly used terms. The permanently disillusioned and cynical are a multitude, and many of them—seeing what’s coming—have decided to “let it burn.” How large is the subset whose hearts and minds have moved to outright opposition to the regime—hang the consequences—or will do so when the time is right? No one knows, there are no announcements on the Internet, but it grows larger by the hour.

    Revolutionaries have the debt’s compounding interest working in their favor. The financial crisis now underway will effloresce with its attendant impoverishment and bankruptcy. Those who had too much to lose to revolt will suddenly have nothing to lose but their chains. That’s when the revolution that is already in “the Minds of the People” is most likely to go kinetic.

    The regime’s dependence on fiat debt renders it a toilet-paper tiger. Revolutionaries will go to school on both guerrilla warfare and modern war as waged by the Russians in Ukraine. The U.S. military has lost repeatedly to guerrillas who have not had the firepower, resources, or expertise that American insurgents will have. For leadership, the revolutionary force will draw on active and retired military who take their oaths seriously and have experience in insurgent warfare.

    Ukraine is demonstrating that modern war is not just waged on battlefields, but in cyberspace, across electronic command and control systems, and against civilian infrastructure. Even on the battlefield, UAVs are reshaping combat as $500 drones take out $10 million dollar tanks. Robots will soon be another disruptive force. America has more than its share of hackers, electronics experts, technical adepts who can put together drones and robots, and other revolutionaries who will wage war on the government in new and imaginative ways. A society as complex and interlinked as ours, ruled by a slow and stupid government, has innumerable pressure points.

    The regime will have the support of its dependents, but those net drains will be unsupportable ballast, jettisoned under severe financial stress. The regime has lost the hearts and minds that matter; the Revolution has been effected. It will have the overt or covert support of millions. The regime is toast.


  • ghostsniper June 6, 2024, 5:12 PM

    The Takeover

    The revolution came when we elected a communist in 2008, on the back of a financial crisis, just the sort of backdrop all communists use to seize power. We never should have been allowed to elect a non-citizen, but those in Washington turned a blind eye to his suspicious pedigree. They executed their final betrayal of duty and for nearly twenty years we have suffered under direct Marxist exploitation. When the people rebelled and elected a non-communist, they became furious and betrayed him at every turn, spied on him, infiltrated the executive branch to deny him the power he was elected to wield until they could get a puppet into office to further the communist agenda. Fearing a repeat of that rebellion, they’ve now convicted him and endeavor to imprison him. Sound familiar, I mean to those who read history?

    More here:

  • DT June 6, 2024, 5:17 PM

    Just a what-if.

    I don’t believe Russia wants the war NATO wants but is being forced into it regardless. When the bombs fly, the US will be hit.

    Now, wonder if a very limited strike on the US occurred. 1, maybe 2 bombs. 1st target DC, second NYC. Then no more. Lots of mumble, mumble “peace” talks and the hostilities end.

    At first there would be American outrage … but in the end, how many would care? How many would cheer? if the war ended with the bombing of only DC?

    How would such action affect the remainder of the country in the aftermath?

    • ghostsniper June 7, 2024, 3:31 AM

      The governors of each of the 50 states would have to stand up and do their WHOLE jobs, not just the fun parts like they’ve gotten used to doing.

      The first thing each governor would need to do is disconnect himself in all ways from the federal gov’t. Essentially, deny it’s existence and authority. Each state is now a country rather than an extension of the fed gov, which is now in extreme tatters.

      Then, never allow the fed gov tendrills to ever again violate their natural right to exist or to infringe on those rights in any way. The entire range of power would then shift at least one giant step downward and each of us legal citizens would now become one giant step more powerful. Our voices would become louder, more assertive.

      Anybody care to jump in here and give their thoughts?
      This is one of my hobby projects, thinking about the future possibilities absent a gov’t, when I sit on the porch pretending to be fascinated by the abundant wildlife.

  • Snakepit Kansas June 7, 2024, 5:16 AM

    Any significant disruption of our daily lives will cause public panic. Just look at all the people buying truck loads of toilet paper during Covid or all the people lined up at gas stations right after the twin towers on 11SEP. Raw fear. People will start hoarding food and store shelves will be gutted. Ammunition at the local gun range will get bought up in a day. Imagine if EBT cards don’t get reloaded. It will be three days maximum before WalMartz gets overrun. After that it will be mobs in neighborhoods looting and pillaging. The poor will eat their own first. What do you think our new 15 million new guests from around the world will do when there are no more handouts? Hard people who are used to living hard and surviving aren’t going to play nice. Absolute chaos, fires that the local FD won’t come to. Dead bodies in the street. Old people who are easy targets will be some of the first victims. Go to the gas station, grocery store or elsewhere? Better have a security detail with you. Watch HOAs start their own security forces. Bunch of middle aged guys driving around the neighborhood in golf carts with shotguns. Barricades and armed checkpoints at neighborhood entrances to keep out the riff raff. Find an easier target. Steal here, die here.

    Nobody will give a shit about your pronouns.

    None of us have enough ammunition.

    A few years ago Gerard posted Mark Knopfler playing “Cleaning My Gun”. Seems fitting.

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