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Strange Daze: From Starships to Sawmills

Two of Elon Musk’s “Starships” being moved towards the pad. Compare size to pickups.

The media is busy making the Vegetable-in-Chief sound like a statesman, which is far less exciting than it sounds. The novelty of having a dementia patient in the White House has worn off and we are left with the reality.

That reality is that there was never any reason for Biden to be president, other than he was the only option they had to replace Trump. Once he scrawled what he thinks is his name on the executive orders they put in front of him, there was nothing left on the agenda. The long temper tantrum no longer has a reason, so the stasis of late empire decline is back, which means nothing happens.

The only potential for something interesting to happen is if they snuff out the vegetable and install Harris. She is revealing herself to be dumber and shallower than anyone imagined. She is fumbling the softest of questions from the most obsequious of reporters. It seems impossible, but she may have less cognitive function than her boss and he is close to brain dead.

We see publishers where the staff successfully demand the banning of authors they don’t like. We see software companies where employees, instead of doing their jobs, spend hours talking politics and trying to politicize their companies. We see news organizations taken over by “woke” ideology. We see teenagers kicked out of school for tweets made years earlier. And now, in a place that is supposed to be all about the rule of law, we see anonymous mob rule. With very few exceptions, today’s Yale Law School contains either people who are deliberately behaving badly or people who are too afraid to stand up to those who are. We hear a lot about justice, but anonymous accusations and power politics aren’t justice, and places that are ruled in such a fashion tend to do badly.

Woke Public School Hangs Up Inspirational ‘You Can’t Do It!’ Poster For Black Students Other inspirational wall hangings being considered are:
Take time to reflect on your disadvantage!
Blame an oppressor today!
You are powerless.
Just say “NO” to microaggressions
Don’t worry– white liberals will take care of you!

The only thing that matters to the so-called conservatives is making sure their racket keeps them in the lifestyle they feel they deserve. That is why they never muster a discouraging word about anything. To question the status quo is risk their position, so they are intolerant of any dissent. Both the official Left and official Right are now in a defensive crouch. The razor wire fencing, which remains in place, and the soldiers guarding it, has become a symbol of our reactionary ruling class.

”Tyranny gets erased one molecule at a time.” — g. sniper

Maskholes of the Plague: Editor of The Lancet refuses to reveal if he supports letter claiming Covid started in lab

Nickelodeon’s latest fiasco was a Pride Month video that you can see above. Featuring a drag queen singing to prepubescents, the YouTube version was downvoted to such a degree that they’ve now hidden the ratio. It’s one thing to take a position on issues of sexuality, it’s another entirely to propagandize those issues for young children. Switch that song to any topic for which you disagree and see if would approve your children watching it.

North Korean defector slams ‘woke’ US schools:  27-year-old told The Post that she could’t believe she would be asked to do “this much censoring of myself” at a university in the United States. “I literally crossed the Gobi Desert to be free and I realized I’m not free, America’s not free,” she said.     Park said North Korea students were constantly informed about the “American Bastard. I thought North Koreans were the only people who hated Americans, but turns out there are a lot of people hating this country in this country,” she told The Post.

Don Surber: Nickelodeon pushes LGBTQ. Loses 72% of its audience

LILEKS (James) :: What motivates the people who wave away the decline? Who knows. One might guess. A desire to shrug off responsibility for the knock-on effects of last year’s riots, which have to be seen as Historical and Righteous. A seething, cramped, ideologue’s fury over people who have the gall to propose concerns the ideologue does not share, or, even worse, Cause Harm. Such as respecting the plate glass of an immigrant-owned business. (The word “business” orders the moral equation very neatly for these people.) The nagging anger that some people want to go about their lives without being required to Confront and Unpack and Atone and do the work, all the time, for an unseen jury that never acquits but only tacks on more sentence time, like the masters of the gulag.

VIDEO: Did you see this video of ground swallowing car? pic.twitter.com/YexhNOvGkK

— Claire ID (@ClarityUniverse) June 14, 2021

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  • Dirk June 18, 2021, 9:03 AM

    Hm I was thinking that retard is from a “fruit” food group, he his family. Organized crime at its finest.

    I’m reluctant to suggest the 25th, for removal,,,,,,his second is far worse then him.

    Stolen elections have consequences !!!!!.

    Na crime pays, The Biden’s are proof positive of that. Hunters new art scam is frankly brilliant, non traceable free money for access. Who knew.


  • Sam L. June 18, 2021, 9:58 AM

    “A picture paints a thousand words.
    But can you name two words?”


  • gwbnyc June 18, 2021, 11:59 AM

    -is that a Taco Bell far right in the 1st foto?

  • Rob De Witt June 18, 2021, 12:01 PM

    The Existential Craftsman….

    Ever a quiet pleasure.

  • PA Cat June 18, 2021, 12:26 PM

    I see that Gerard wants his readers to boldly go where no commenters have gone before.

  • gwbnyc June 18, 2021, 12:26 PM

    quick one-
    My brother made gunstocks and got the lumber he used from three hardwood sawmills in our area, NE Ohio. each was operated by “an old guy” working alone, manipulating the wood onto the beds of the large circular saws with ginpoles. I was lucky to spend time there. There was an Amish sawmill, also, that was commercial. Never think of the Amish as rubes.

    My brother remodeled his wife’s kitchen in sassafras obtained from one of the mills, further dressing the material in his shop.

  • John Venlet June 18, 2021, 1:04 PM

    Never think of the Amish as rubes.

    So true, gwbnye. The Amish up by my trout camp are far from being rubes, and the most influential Amish man up there, whom I call the “Amish King,” organized all the small, Amish owned and independently operated mills into a lumber juggernaut, reaching all areas of Northern Michigan. He’s also organized a large dairy store for all the Amish dairy goods. I’m working with them on my build project, and I have to say they get the job done, and well.

  • Mike Seyle June 18, 2021, 1:33 PM

    About 30 years ago, dad called me and said a cedar had blown down across the fence. Did I want him to load it on the tractor and carry it down the road to a sawmill? I did. Then drove from St. Louis to the Texas place and loaded it up. Brought the 1” flitches back to Missouri and stored them in my StL garage. Then mom and dad got old, so I moved down there to look after them; took my cedar, and then added to it when trees leaned toward the power lines. Stored it all in the pole barn. Mom and dad died, so I moved all the cedar to my Kansas City house. It ends here; lots of uses. Wood. One of God’s beautiful gifts.

  • ghostsniper June 18, 2021, 2:37 PM

    @Mike (I ain’t shouting!) not a big fan of the live edge stuff cause it’s been done to death. But I will say that is some striking grain in that desk, and the way you emphasized those areas that protrude is novel. If that cedar is 30+ years old it should be hard as oak by now. I have a slice of live edged walnut about 4′ in dia someone gave me that is estimated to be 40 years old and none of my saws will cut it. The blades just slide all over and can’t get a tooth hold. About 6″ thick and weighs over 100 lbs. Don’t know what I’ll ever do with it. I keep moving it out of the way all over the workshop.

  • Mike Seyle June 18, 2021, 2:48 PM

    Yeah, ghost. But the horney toad. It’s all about the horney toad.

  • jwm June 18, 2021, 6:41 PM

    That is some seriously fine work. Just beautiful.
    Small world. I got a stuffed toad from El Salvador on my desk.
    And the Starship…
    Welcome to the real world version of the future we were promised. At least we now have rockets that look all 19th Century.


  • John the River June 18, 2021, 7:05 PM

    My old house was a farm building (not for people) that can be seen on town maps from the colonial era. The main beam was a tree trunk and all of the wood was milled by hand from the local land.
    The wood was so hard that to drive a nail or a screw I had to pre-drill it first, or it bent or stripped the head. The termites had to see a shrink for performance issues.
    On the other hand, on that day, it burned with a white hot flame. Ten feet away spraying the flames with a hand held garden hose I picked up some neat radiant burns that required three days in the hospital.

    Wood is not a simple material.

  • julie June 18, 2021, 10:42 PM

    (Did that fix it?)

    Mike, that is just gorgeous.

    I don’t know much about wood, but we picked up a beautiful 11″x10′ slab of redwood at Lowe’s for $22 to replace a rotted-out shelf. Compared to buying prefab pressboard, sawdust or plywood, it was ridiculously inexpensive. I don’t think you can even buy a half-decent set of mostly-glue shelves for that, but since the plank was already exactly the size we needed, all we did was sand and seal it. Nothing like so gorgeous as what you’ve done there (we don’t actually know what we’re doing), but beautiful wood is such a pleasure to look at and touch.

  • Mike Seyle June 19, 2021, 5:13 AM

    Thank you all. Equally enjoyable as Gerard’s posts are the comments. You’re an interesting crowd. That standing desk actually has three shelves to it. I had a local commercial metal fabricating shop weld the 1×1 steel tubing frames and have them powder-coated for this desk, two plant stands and a painting easel. All of them bear my cedar. But now that I have your attention, I’m asking for help on the quail painting. I have two of them, rescued from my uncle’s house in Tabor, Texas a long time ago. Signed by Owen Brown, and one has a calendar backing dated 1904 and titled “Galveston.” Turns out John Brown of Harper’s Ferry infamy had a son named Owen who made it out alive, and he was a painter who went west. I can’t find anything on Owen Brown the painter who fits the bill, though. It would be something if these were his. Any ideas on how to find out?

  • Casey Klahn June 19, 2021, 5:18 AM

    Biden is unassailable. You cannot ask him any questions because: WTF for? He won’t answer you.

    Obama was the same. You couldn’t ask him any questions, either.

    Next, they’ll need a woman because: untouchable by social standards, and above reason. hmmm. I think they’ll need a mercurial, cackling sort.
    When you have nothing to say, you mustn’t speak. The press are nothing but cucks these days. Bottom dwellers. Trump was right to corral them at his rallies, and then mock them. How do they get up and go to work each day? I guess they slap on a hammer and sickle armband, a Che t-shirt, and some gay rainbow shit, and slap their faces and it’s off to the fray.

    Race and sexual orientation. Yeah. Great. How did the blacks fair under the Soviet Union? Some went there early-on, with the outlandish expectation of equal treatment.

    Ask yourself this, turd hopper: what value does minority skin color, or anal invasioneering, have to the State? I mean, really. What product does that produce?

    If you’re value to the State is zero, you get the camps or the shit jobs. Simple as that.

    The statist government that the Left is building will be on the backs of gays and minorities, but they will be disposed of when the time comes. These particular grievance groups have it as absolutely best as they’ll ever have it right now, in what’s remaining of a free country.

  • Vanderleun June 19, 2021, 7:44 AM

    The only thing I can find about Owen Brown is a long visit to his home after his death with no reference to his paintings or his art at all — which give the text of the story seems odd that there would be no paintings by him seen in his home. The address of the article is


  • Mike Seyle June 19, 2021, 7:58 AM

    Thank you for that, Gerard. I think I’ll do this: I’ll tell myself that I own the only two paintings that Owen Brown, of famed Harper’s Ferry events, ever in his life painted. And because they’re unknown, they’re worthless. Madness is a friend of mine.

  • EX-Californian Pete June 19, 2021, 9:35 AM

    As I write this, I’m wearing my “CHOKE THE WOKE ‘TIL THEY CROAK” tee shirt that has garnered many compliments when I wear it in public. No confrontations or threats from wearing it yet, but libtards are few and far between around here, and we all know they’re too cowardly to get uppity unless they’re in a large group.
    I’m having a few tee shirts printed up that say “GENETICALLY SUPERIOR INDIVIDUAL,” that I’m looking forward to wearing- especially when I go to the (heavily liberalized) city of Columbus in a few weeks.

    To gwbnyc- Gunstock making is truly an art form, and is becoming a lost art. Your brother is obviously a patient and talented craftsman. I’m in east central Ohio, and the only stockmaker for miles around. The mills around here charge about 1/10 of the price for a walnut, maple, or cherry blank that I was paying in commiefornia, and grade 4 is about the same price as grade 2.

    Heck, even stockmaking tools are rare as hen’s teeth nowadays, or out of production. Both Gun Line and Dem-Bart tool companies seem to be dead in the water, and I consider myself very fortunate to have found several checkering sets in various LPI, full sets of barrel bedding tools, and even a full set of “bottoming” tools. (most gunsmiths don’t even know what a bottoming tool is anymore.)

    Mike- I have to chime in and compliment your fine work- that desk is beyond awesome.

  • Vanderleun June 19, 2021, 11:03 AM

    MIKE, IF THEY ARE what you say they are they are not worthless at all but quite valuable. What you need to do is find an expert in John Brown (Biographer, Professor of History, auctioneer from someplace the level of Christies) that knows Owen was a painter and get a province for the paintings. The province will give them instant value. Enjoy your new private jet.

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  • gwbnyc June 19, 2021, 1:29 PM


    there’s a hole, or there isn’t.

    I have spoken.

  • Dinah June 19, 2021, 1:34 PM

    Well….this was a fun section. I can get lost for hours watching Essential Craftsman, and this was a bonus with the milling! An old favorite video was from a number of years ago of two steam mills operated by the Amish out in a big field. The racket was great! I, too, love wood and especially admire the cedar examples above! Great use of those fabulous boards. I noted the quail art before I read the comments about it. I know nothing about Owen Brown, but really like the quail art. No matter the provenance, it looks like a great picture and definitely worth having above the desk for admiring! The research will be fun.

  • ghostsniper June 19, 2021, 2:18 PM

    I thought it was a tagger.

  • Elmo June 19, 2021, 7:14 PM

    Anybody out there know what that device is called that turns logs/cants on the deck/carriage before the dogs are engaged to begin the next cut?

    Hint: Today it would be considered a racist epithet, but back in the ’70s it was called what it was because that’s what it was, nothing racist about it. Kind of like what they called rocks that stuck above the surface of a dirt road. Anybody know what those were called?

    Test at 11. Answers with asterisks accepted.