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What remains of San Francisco’s loneliest spot, Mile Rocks

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”US Foreign policy was a self-licking ice-cream cone before anyone living was born.”

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The Coronated, The Venerated, And The Skepticated – Liberty’s Torch

Guess who. Who Is Killing 10,000 Black Americans Every Year?

That’s who. 21 kids killed in NYC street violence this year

CDC Reminds People To Listen To All Medical Professionals Except For The Tens Of Thousands Who Refused The Vaccine

The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland has got together with the festival to run another miniature dry stone walling competition.

Tainted with Manufactured Objects, Slime Molds and Spores Grow Into Unnaturally Striking Compositions

American Barbarism Is Alive and Well

A nun who lived in a French convent during an unspecified time in the Middle Ages inexplicably began to meow like a cat, shortly leading the other nuns in the convent to meow as well. Eventually, all of the nuns in the convent would meow together for a certain period, leaving the surrounding community astonished. This did not stop until the police threatened to whip the nuns.

The Dark Art of Displaying Deep-Sea Fish

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  • Mike Austin October 5, 2021, 8:05 AM

    Buchanan cannot—will not—answer his own question, “Who is killing 10,000 black Americans every year?” The answer is other black Americans. The number one cause of death among black males 25 years old and younger is—wait for it—other black males 25 years old and younger.

    Buchanan of course knows this but he lacks the courage to say this. Years ago he had the courage of his convictions. But that old Buchanan is long gone. That article is riddled with cowardice and padded with nonsense and non sequiturs. The “New and Improved Buchanan” should retire so as to keep some shred of dignity.

    But the number 10,000 is far too few. The real number is over 400,000—per year. I’ve included the number of black children slaughtered in their mothers’ wombs. And who is doing this slaughtering? Mainly white doctors. Dr. Mengele killed his thousands, but his modern imitators have killed their millions.

    If this is not genocide, then that word has no meaning.

    Odd that the Democrat Party does nothing about blacks killing blacks, and fiendishly and purposefully supports the murder of black children before they are born. And guess which race gives its 90 plus percent support to the Democrats year after year? If you said blacks, then move to the head of the class.

    Black Americans are instrumental in the killing off of their own race.

  • gwbnyc October 5, 2021, 8:32 AM

    Quite a tale of San Francisco. We had a lighthouse, the CG Station where the Grand River meets Lake Erie, NE Ohio. Some locals went down with the Fitzgerald. It put my mind to wander here, the stillness&silence-


    -the Yorktown at rest.

    • John the River October 5, 2021, 4:19 PM

      There’s a problem with the old shipwrecks from WWII. Their rest is being disturbed by illegal wreck salvagers.
      Along with other salvageable materials, steel from the pre-nuclear era is prized for it’s lack of contamination by fallout from atmospheric testing.
      That most of these ships are war graves, means nothing to the countries the salvagers come from.

      • Snakepit Kansas October 5, 2021, 6:39 PM

        I was fortunate enough to dive on a number of Japanese ships sunk near the end of WWII around Coron Island, Palawan Province, Philippines. At least one of the ships in less deep water had been stripped of anything that could have been unbolted. Others, more than 80 feet down and below were penetrable, but we did not go in any further than being able to see daylight at all times. We certainly were not intending to disturb remains, if any were there.

  • Jack October 5, 2021, 8:43 AM

    I don’t hate any individual soul on this planet or anywhere else but it’s my opinion that the negro race is the sole cause of nearly every social problem that exists in the US. He can by ‘civilized’ to a degree that will help him along should he choose to follow a few rules but civility is not a strong trait in his genetic construction and he lives most comfortably only in a segregated society of black that is ruled by violence, tooth and claw.

    When I think of that race and its juxtaposition in society I remember Paul’s comments in Galations 5:9: “A little leaven leavens the whole lump”. They poison the entirety of every society in which they are dispensed.

    • Mike Austin October 5, 2021, 11:43 AM

      Every man knows there exists “the black question”. Blacks themselves understand very well that their relationship to the white man is fraught with difficulties. Blacks naturally blame all of their problems on the white man. They are encouraged to do so by the government, the media and the entertainment industry. That this solves nothing is irrelevant. What it does is to make the problem worse. Blacks are encouraged to do whatever they want to whites: to rob them, to threaten them, to kill them, to demand “reparations”, to demand lower standards in all areas of education, to demand that white cops leave them alone to commit all manner of felonies, to rob stores with impunity and be free from any punishment, to loot, burn and destroy whatever they wish with no fear of retribution.

      All of this is because of “racism” you see. Now shut your damn mouth.

      What is left unsaid—it cannot be said, for if you did so you would be subject to legal issues, “doxxing”, violence, unemployment and shunning—is that wherever the black man is in control, a certain type of society is created and maintained. What does a white man think of when he hears the word Detroit? Chicago? Baltimore? Birmingham? Atlanta? New Orleans? What does he think of when he hears the word Haiti? Ghana? Nigeria? Somalia? Congo? Uganda? And on and on.

      All those places share much in common: violence, disorder, rampant crime, political impotence, poverty, disturbing public hygiene, vast ignorance, crumbling infrastructure and poor public sanitation. Why is this so? We know why but we dare not say.

      It’s because of “racism” you see. Now shut your damn mouth.

      • ghostsniper October 6, 2021, 9:34 AM

        That is the root of all the problems in the US with the negro’s.
        Most people have no problem with the civilized negro’s.
        It is the uncivilized ones that are the problems and nobody in an authoritative position has the backbone to address it straight up. Instead, their solution is to throw even more stolen money at the negro’s which, of course, makes them ever worse.

        Sane people know what the solution is.
        Retarded people do not, or choose to ignore it, and some of them become victims of it.

        • TwoDogs October 6, 2021, 8:55 PM

          The plural of negro is negroes. No apostrophe. Just saying.

  • tim October 5, 2021, 8:45 AM

    “How many of these black folks are victims of the right-wing extremists and white supremacists…”
    “How many Blacks in 2021 and this year were victims of the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers or 3 Percenters or neo-Nazis or the Klan?”
    I fully expect the liberal press to lump together conservatives with white supremacy , to confabulate, to pollute the reader’s mind so anybody on the Right is obviously equal to a Nazi or in the Klan.
    But for a Conservative to do it, to fall into the trap of equating, to simply and lazily give into the false equivalency is disgusting.
    Do better Buchanan.

  • CC October 5, 2021, 9:28 AM

    Anglerfish, known as “Monkfish” on the rare occasions you can find it, is great on the grill.
    Reminiscent of lobster, so go with some drawn butter with some minced garlic in it.

    • Kevin in PA October 5, 2021, 11:15 AM

      Monkfish is known as the “poor man’s lobster.
      Buchanan is washed up. Too afraid to speak the truth for fear of losing his syndicated column. His slobbering over Henry Kissinger to this day is appalling, as well.
      Anyone with eyes to see knows the answer to “Who’s killing 10,000 Black Americans Every Year?”. It takes a degree of honesty to assert the truth….along with a bit of intestinal fortitude. Both honesty and fortitude are quite clearly lacking in the average modern day American.

  • Mike Austin October 5, 2021, 9:35 AM

    From the article by Jeff Minick, “American Barbarism is Alive and Well”:

    “If those in our government, in our corporations, in our schools and universities, and the rest of us exercised…humility, perhaps we might turn away from the dark path we are walking.”

    Hey Jeff, who’s this “we” you mentioned 12 times in your article? You don’t mean me do you? I assure you that I have never participated in barbarous activities. Dionysian, sure. I do not listen to “rap”, do not use the ‘F’ word in public, do not wear my pants down around my buttocks, do not use drugs, do not randomly shoot up parties with automatic weapons, do not ransack stores, do not wear ridiculously expensive tennis shoes, do not have legions of “baby mommas” and the concomitant hordes of fatherless children, have never been in prison, awaiting trial or been out on parole, have never threatened or killed cops, have never lived off Welfare, have never participated in the “knock out game”, have never been in any gang except for the United States Air Force, have never been arrested, have never worn glittering, vulgar and ostentatious “bling”, have never been “brought in for questioning” by police, have never participated or glorified in the “thug” life.

    Hey Jeff! Any idea who actually does the sort of “activities” I mentioned? Would you call such folks “barbarians”?

    You really and truly expect “our government…our corporations…our schools and universities” to exercise humility? Does Biden do this? Jeff Bezos? Mark Zuckerberg? You want us to “turn away from the dark path we are walking”. There’s that “we” again.

    Hey Jeff! To remove barbarians from society, you remove the barbarians. As the Guatemalans, say, “To eliminate rabies, you kill the dog.”

  • ghostsniper October 5, 2021, 9:36 AM

    Throughout all of history negro’s have been killing the hell out of each other and it will always be this way. People over say, the age of 18, that say this isn’t true are either stupid or lying. Both groups should be shunned, ridiculed, beaten, chastised, scorned, maimed, killed, or ostracized. Neither belong in a civilized society. The gov’t protects them, at your peril.

    • Mike Austin October 5, 2021, 11:15 AM

      “The gov’t protects them, at your peril.”

      Very true. But I protect myself, to their peril. “Don’t start nuthin’, won’t be nuthin’.

  • EX-Californian Pete October 5, 2021, 10:59 AM

    Tim- don’t you know that all blacks are killed by “dark-skinned white supremacists?” (sarc)

    Some important facts not mentioned above- an estimated 15.5 MILLION black babies have been murdered by abortion in the USA. In other words, willfully killed by their own parent(s).

    And 74% of black babies who were NOT aborted are “raised” without fathers.

    Suicide rates for blacks usually have a higher percentage than whites, and black suicide is said to have increased 100% during the “Covid crisis.” Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among black men between the ages of 15 and 24.

    I’d say that’s all irrefutable proof that the majority of black lives DO NOT matter to blacks.

  • James ONeil October 5, 2021, 12:39 PM

    Yea yea, yea, buy into the race thingie if you want.

    Why yes, on the average, Caucasian IQ is higher than Negro & Mongolian higher than Caucasian.
    Then we have spades like Tom Sowell that if Micks like we shut up an listen, can teach us a few things.

    MLK wasn’t one of my favorite Americans but I dang well buy his dream and think far less of anyone, posters above included, that judge folks based on skin color rather than character.

    Throughout all of history humans have been killing the hell out of each other and it will always be this way.

    There, I fixed it for you Ghost.

    • James ONeil October 5, 2021, 1:12 PM

      looking back at the above and noting my non-Freudian slip , we rather than me, in Micks like we shut up an listen. OK now me, not we, I do allow that while I may be bothered by dividing us based on color rather than character or patriotism, none the less of course there’s much I can and do learn from the sniper and the rest above.

      & OK, turnabout’s fair play, you can think less of me judging on character not color. So far, here in America, that’s acceptable, neither minor nor major disagreement negates discussion. Having said that I need note such is true only if one’s not talking to one of the woke.

      & Feral Irishman provides some white privlidge. https://theferalirishman.blogspot.com/2021/10/white-privilege.html

    • Mike Austin October 5, 2021, 2:12 PM

      Damn James. You called Thomas Sowell a “spade”. I’ve read all of his books going back to his “Economics”. Even as a joke your comment is in poor taste. Would you refer to Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas and Frederick Douglass as “spades”? Like I wrote, very poor taste. Is that what you call humor?

      You wrote “Caucasian IQ is higher than Negro & Mongolian higher than Caucasian.” Ok. So what conclusions do you derive from this? Does this admitted fact have any bearing on societies where the ruling classes are white? Black? Mongoloid?

      “MLK wasn’t one of my favorite Americans but I dang well buy his dream and think far less of anyone, posters above included, that judge folks based on skin color rather than character.”

      Good for you! You are to be congratulated as a fine human being, so much better than “those posters above.” Any names? May I bask in your glory? How many in power in this country actually believe that one should “judge people on the content of their character rather than on the color of their skin”? The actions and words US government say otherwise. Martin Luther King Jr. is only a source of a street name in the most degraded and violent places in our cities. No one in power pays any attention to him at all.

      “Throughout all of history humans have been killing the hell out of each other and it will always be this way.”

      Yes, but every middle schooler has said the same thing. And so? You write in platitudes and generalities. Do humans always and everywhere kill each other? If so then how has civilization ever advanced? You need to know that some of the greatest men in History have tried to kill the Hell out of other human beings: Saint Francis, Cervantes, Aeschylus, Socrates, Saint Ignatius, Cicero, Pliny, Dante, Machiavelli, David–and all of these men are recognized as some of the creators and bearers of Western Civilization. Oh no! All of these were old white males! So how about you write about your “race thingie” here. How about you mention other races as “carriers and bearers” of civilization?

      A civilized society is always carried on the points of bayonets. And the “race thingie”.

      • James ONeil October 5, 2021, 3:52 PM

        I also called myself a mick, Mike. I find neither term derogatory. Frankly much of what I say and think, in this day and age, is, in the considered opinion of many in this day and age, in poor taste.

        Why yes in certain situations I’d refer to Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas and Frederick Douglass, men whom I quite admire, as spades, as, in certain situations, it’s not unlikely that I’d refer to you, or myself as no account white trash or as some of my freemen of color buddies would, as peckerwood crackers.

        The higher IQ average, mid point on the bell curves is simply fact. In my opinion, no, the average point differences, probably, have no significant bearing on societies where the ruling classes are white, black or mongoloid. Joe Biden, for example.

        As to the conclusions I draw from the averages, none. I just see them as facts. I’m far more interested in folks on the right slope of the bell curves, no matter their race, creed or national origin.

        Your last three paragraphs; why yes child, I’ve no problem at all if you bask in my glory, I’d rather you, make your own decisions, even if they differ from mine and stand on your own two feet though.

        In your rather disjointed next to the last paragraph you seem to suggest I denigrate old white men. Perish the thought, I happen to be an old white man myself. I am rather amazed to hear that Saint Francis, Cervantes, Socrates and Dante were stone cold killers though.

        Speaking of old white men, I seem to remember another suggesting that all men were created equal.

        & if thinking civilized society is always carried on the points of bayonets. And the “race thingie”, sigh, if that’s what you need to get you through the day, I wouldn’t think of taking that belief away from you.

  • Mike Austin October 5, 2021, 4:28 PM

    Nice try James. Were you drinking when you wrote this? Jameson, yes? You are a mick, after all.

    “I am rather amazed to hear that Saint Francis, Cervantes, Socrates and Dante were stone cold killers though.”

    You must spend a great deal of your time being “rather amazed”. Saint Francis fought against Perugia (1202) and was taken prisoner. He re-enlisted in the military (1205); Cervantes fought at Lepanto (1571); Socrates fought at Delium (424 BC); Dante fought at the Battle of Campaldino (1289).

    How is it that you did not know these things? I am amazed. And how is it that you do not understand Jefferson? I am amazed.

    As for what “gets me through the day”: I will not say. But it would amaze you. What, after all, would not?

    • James ONeil October 5, 2021, 6:05 PM

      Nice try? Shucky darn I was just answering your queries, t’weren’t no thang.

      I did remember Socrates’ service after I posted but wasn’t aware of Mike’s and St Frank’s, thanks.

      & yep, I should have remembered Dante’s dig at his dead enemy da Montefeltro, my bad.

      As to your Jamesons note, I have to admit I wondered if the sun was over the yardarm where and when you wrote.

      So, in your opinion I don’t understand the phrase, all men were created equal? Possibly your right, I take the words at face value figuring if he’d meant some men, he’d have said so. I do the same thing when I read the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

      Thanks for the info & yes, much amazes me, I’m happy to say.

  • Mike Austin October 5, 2021, 6:37 PM

    A good effort, and better than your first. Keep at it, as practice makes perfect. But work on your grammar. Must be the Jameson.

    For myself, I am having peach vodka with orange juice. My third. I think.

    As for the 2nd Amendment: I demonstrate it every day here in Oklahoma—open carry and all. Scares the Hell out of some folks. Which suits me.

  • Steve in PA (retired/recovering lawyer) October 6, 2021, 4:11 AM

    Interesting back-and-forth there, James and Mike. Started out kind of ad hominem, but ended peacefully. I suppose you realized that since you both followed our Esteemed Thought Leader (no, not ironic nor sarcastic, true admiration for Gerard) you realized that you had more in common than not and patched things up. That’s what I like about Gerard and the people who read his blog; they’re civilized. Disagreements need not become blood feuds. So, nice work, guys.

    At any rate, I was thinking there is nothing intrinsically wrong with stereotyping people by group characteristics as long as it does not preclude developing a contrary opinion derived from individual experience. As in, I certainly do avoid encounters with large assemblages of blacks in general, but if I learn they are coming back from Christian Bible study, I recalibrate my opinion. Thus, while the mass of American Negroes is neither Thomas Sowell nor Walter Williams (or any small number of black intellectuals of a conservative bent), Sowell, et al. do not represent the norm for their ethnic group. Thus, while I would gladly welcome Sowell into my home, the same would not hold true for others whose skin tone matches his unless and until they exhibit, as individuals, the same types of moral and intellectual qualities as he. Am I wrong in so thinking?

    • John the River October 6, 2021, 5:24 AM

      I would be delighted to welcome Thomas Sowell into my home, and honored. The conversation would be riveting.
      Of the two men who stood by me at my wedding, a small one, held in my parents back yard; one of them, the black guy would still be welcome anytime. The other, the white guy, is a Long Island Liberal and we had a verbal falling out many years ago. And haven’t spoken since.
      It’s frightening to observe how divided we are becoming, as bad as the North and the South in the 1860’s, except the physical separation is less. City from suburbs, or even Summer St from Tick-Tock lane.

    • Mike Austin October 6, 2021, 6:59 AM

      As you guessed, I much enjoyed the repartee with James. Such an opponent keeps me on my toes and sharpens my mind. I re-read and revised my responses many times to make sure I did not look like an idiot. And right again, James and I have more in common than not.

      “…there is nothing intrinsically wrong with stereotyping people by group characteristics…”

      No there is not. A stereotype is funny because it is true. Remember that old joke:

      “What is Heaven? Heaven is a place where the British are the police, the French are the cooks, the Germans are the engineers, your lover is Italian and everything is run by the Swiss.

      What is Hell? Hell is a place where the Germans are the police, the British are the cooks, the French are the engineers, your lover is Swiss and everything is run by the Italians.”

      Or this:


      “I certainly do avoid encounters with large assemblages of blacks in general…”

      Everyone of every race does as well. No matter what they might say in public. Even race hustler Jesse Jackson said something quite similar:

      “There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

      That such a view is called “racism” today just shows that the term “racism” has lost all descriptive value. All it means is that the person who uses it does not like somebody.

      I am half Mexican, the other parts being Irish and English. My Mexican – American middle school students called me “half breed”. It was funny then; it is funny now.

  • James ONeil October 6, 2021, 9:48 AM

    Yep, the discussion was fun and informative.

    Pennsylvania Steve; “Started out kind of ad hominem.” Well what da you expect from a conversion with a peach vodka drinking girly boy like Mike, peach vodka? (grin). Though I must note, finding during my card carrying latter day beatnik years in NYC that the drink of choice of the burly Irish cops back in that day was rock and rye, still makes me shutter. (BIGGER GRIN)

    & yep, stereotypes are good
    starting points.

    • Mike Austin October 6, 2021, 11:09 AM

      Damnit James! I knew if I admitted to an un-masculine enjoyment of peach vodka, that you would pick up on it and pounce. If I told you that I would switch to box wine—Moscato-Sangria to be precise—that would just make matters worse.

      As a “half breed” I should show at least a passing affinity toward Tequila, but I detest that devil’s drink. Had a run-in with a cheap version of the stuff back in 1983, in the Mexican beach town of Barra de Navidad. It was unforgettable. Even today just the whiff of it might send me to the ER.

      You had your beatnik days; I had my “long haired hippy living in a commune, eating only vegetarian, growing marijuana, passing hippy chicks around” days back in Portland, Oregon before that city went berserk and nutso. Stayed in that urban commune about two years, which was enough to learn how to hate: communes; hippies; marijuana; vegetables; bell bottoms; Bertrand Russell; environmentalists; whales; LSD; chicks with hairy armpits and legs.

      Left the commune, got a degree in History, spent some quality time in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, then headed down south of the Rio Grande for 14 years all told. But that is a series of tall tales suited for another day.

      Now some 40 summers later, my hair remains uncut now for three years. Folks might think I’m an aging hippy, especially since I have no car and ride bicycles everywhere. Until they see the big iron on my hip. Then they shudder, and flee. Suits me.

      Headed for the box wine. Shut up.

  • EX-Californian Pete October 6, 2021, 11:24 AM

    Mike and James-

    Are you two honky cracker whiteys done expressing your racist, white-privilege-laden, Klansman, Euro-Caucasian arguing yet?
    Because the “Liberal Rules Of Engagement” book (written by those who want all Americans fighting among themselves) demands that you two escalate it MUCH further- start with doxxing, then comes harassment of family and co-workers, spreading false rumors about each other, getting each other fired, vandalizing each other’s property, and of course- rioting, burning, and looting!

    Geesh, what a couple of QUITTERS! (heh heh heh)

  • Mike Austin October 6, 2021, 11:48 AM

    Once James called me “a peach vodka drinking girly boy” I had to admit defeat. I have cowered in the corner since, waiting for my yoga teacher to arrive and sympathize with me. She has nice legs.

    • Vanderleun October 6, 2021, 2:19 PM

      Legs with thighs that could crush a bull if I remember correctly.

      • Mike Austin October 6, 2021, 2:40 PM

        You remembered correctly. She was a good girl.

  • james wilson October 6, 2021, 4:51 PM

    This little debate reminds me that few whites of average or above average intelligence have even a basic grasp of what the limitations of IQ 70-85–one half of American blacks–represents in practical ways because blacks are not a routine part of their personal or work life. Talking about Tom Sowell, or Malcolm Little for that matter, do not advance understanding which is why we still don’t understand how to deal with this in a benevolent manner.

  • Mike Austin October 7, 2021, 5:27 AM

    The “IQ Question” cannot at all be discussed these days in rational terms. Words like “racism” and phrases like “white supremist” are tossed around indiscriminately at whomever brings it up. One mentions it at one’s peril.

    The vast influx into this nation of individuals with an average IQ of 75 – 85 lowers the average IQ to a point where complex engineering, mechanical, mathematical and intellectual processes can no longer be accomplished. The fact that America landed on the moon over 50 years ago is completely irrelevant to what she can manage to do today. It seems that even designing and building bridges is now beyond our capacity.

    I see no solution to this. Indeed, the problem is not even acknowledged. This is why those who wish America to “return to her roots” do not yet see that such a thing is impossible. The foundations necessary for this are completely absent. Even maintaining what we have now is becoming increasingly difficult.

    Any people who elect creatures like Sheila Jackson Lee to rule over them, or who listen to degenerates like Don Lemon, or avidly read books by semi-literates like Ta-Nehisi Coates, or who believe whatever Oprah says, have no future. More and more they do not even have a past.