The Party of Chaos

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  1. Gov Cuomo “We had all those deaths because the Feds didn’t tell us that Covid was coming from Europe”. Comments?

    FOX news is hiring Ozzy Osbourne to translate Biden speeches so they are more understandable 😛

    White Liberal protestors: When stupid meets dumbass.

    Pelosi wants to end Qualified immunity for cops. If this were to happen, all that Wild West nonsense about concealed carry will finally come true.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      There is a typically unsubstantiated report out there from the usual anonymous sources that the Russkies have been supplying funds to the Taliban in an effort to help them fight the coalition.

      Not for nothing but as the usual gaggle of Trump haters pile on bringing up yet again Trump “collusion” with Putin, I sit back and wonder how may poor young draftee “Ivan’s” we caused to be shipped home in boxes. All that to finally achieve something really important like the destruction of 1 and 2 World Trade Center!

      Now if the Russians want “Influence” again in that particular 7th Century (BC) hell hole, let them enjoy it. Personally, I think they have learned their lesson…..far better than we have.

    • I’ve heard a lot of nastiness about Columbus and Washington and others lately. Makes me wonder what is true and what’s bs. Which made me think about our recent and current leaders and what history might say about them. Let’s take Bush two, per the liberals he’s horrible. Per the republicans he was great. What will history say?

      • Bush 43 was better than the alternatives of Gore and Kerry but I would not classify him as great. If you want nightmares, just think President Gore on 9/12. Bush was better than how the Dems portray him but he made major mistakes. The biggest was going into Iraq. Then he did not prosecute each war with the vigor needed to end them quickly. You cannot let a war turn into a malaise. He did not push privatization of SS hard enough. In fact his arguments were ridiculous. While he was not responsible for the 2008 crash, had he been more forceful, it could have been lessened. His solutions did not allow the bankers or Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac to suffer any moral consequences. Thus he set the table for it to happen again with the bankers expecting to be saved again.

        • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

          Bush and Obama have one big thing in common. Neither a leader. They were poorly served by their staff and often led around by the nose. In Obama’s case, that was the plan from Day 1. I have no clue whether he understood he was to be a figurehead or whether he actually thought he was the President. Bush thought he was President then ducked and passed off the major decision making to “experts”.

          Last night, I was one FB with a friend responding to people attacking Trump as a dolt. I the proceeded to go down the line on former presidents from Eisenhower on. Kennedy, LBJ and Clinton were serial adulterers AND disgusting pigs in the way they did it. Nixon was a paranoid, Ford clueless about presidential power and Carter indecisive. Reagan had his you know what together but again listened to “experts” and placed a guy, Bush 1, in the second spot who immediately started unraveling the Reagan revolution on day 1 of his presidency.

          The most incredible thing about DJT and something I would never have suspected is though a loose cannon in so many ways, he has managed to keep his business affairs squeaky clean. With all the investigations thrown at him since 2016, from the City and State of NY, the FBI and DOJ, they cannot find an instance of him stealing a dime, ever!

  2. Just A Citizen says:

    In case there are some here buying the idea that AG Barr is really worthy of being impeached.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/504827-think-twice-about-why-the-media-attacks-william-barr

  3. So now they want the Duke’s statue in the airport. Where and when does it end? Ban the statues, burn the books, open the re-education camps.

  4. 1 in 6 protestors are black, 46% are white.

    White Liberals like to think they speak for blacks. We have seen it for our own eyes.

    If nothing else good comes from all this, Democrats have been exposed as weak leaders who really don’t care about anything other than political power.

    Minneapolis city council votes to defund the police, then hires a private security firm for their protection.

    Gun sales are booming. The ones who want to end the 2nd Amendment prove why we need it so much.

  5. WaPo fact checked Trump on top 20 most violent cities being run by Crats. While they tried so hard to hurt Trump by showing that he was only 95% correct, I think they proved the point being made, Crats CAN’T lead.

  6. Language alert!

  7. https://elemental.medium.com/could-the-coronavirus-be-weakening-as-it-spreads-928f2ad33f89

    https://standupforamerica.wordpress.com/2020/02/09/whats-next-6/#comment-257198

    BUT it’s [COVID-19] one that may be poorly suited to a country like the United States where sanitation is vastly superior, where proximity is vastly reduced, where hospitals will immediately and effectively quarantine potential carriers. It wouldn’t necessarily burn itself out immediately, but it would be better served as a more mild strain here than in Wuhan, China, and so, it will evolve that way. Eventually, it will be “just another flu.” The big question is: how many people will it have to infect / kill before it gets to that point?

    Well… hmm… This is holding up pretty well… to be fair, I didn’t offer up a specific timeline, which is what is being rebuked in the linked article. Had I been pressed, I might have suggested 1-2 years minimum, not 6 months, but then again, the steps we’ve taken have been, in some cases, far in excess of what I would ever have imagined the US would commit to (and I would have been right about that, too).

    Now, admittedly, I didn’t say a word about better treatments reducing morbidity (shame on me!), but it’s interesting that there are epidemiologist backing up my long-view and broader takeaways and some (albeit disputed) epidemiologists suggesting that the exact thing I predicted was coming to pass in an accelerated timeline.

    Interesting stuff….

    • This fits the model of having thousands of people in close contact yelling and screaming. This was expected when the protests started and here it is. Pittsburgh is having a flair up too, a few weeks after several peaceful protests.

      • Mathius says:

        This fits the model of having thousands of people in close contact yelling and screaming.

        … so… Trump rallies?

        Or was that not enough people?

        • They may have a spike too. The choice to protest or attend the rally has repercussions during a virus outbreak. Who cares?

    • JAC's Daughter says:

      Very interesting indeed, and great thoughts and examples from your previous post back in February.

      Our company (one of the top wealth management firms in Seattle) had a guest epidemiologist speak to our company via Zoom the week we all started working from home. His genius speech to us all was very similar to this: “From all my studies and education, we haven’t seen a virus like this before in our lifetime, but we are able to use past virus data to predict the more people are around each other the more this will spread. If we all stay home and are able to reduce our exposure, the virus won’t be able to spread among the mass population and will limit the number of deaths caused by the virus. But once we start phasing back into our normal society we will see spikes again. We will need to reevaluate our predictions and best course of action then.”

      My thought to him then was: “Wow, it took you how many hundreds of thousands of dollars and how many years in college and how many years in your professional field to come up with that conclusion? Thank you sir for you genius expertise, I don’t know what we would do without you during this time.”

      My thought to him now is this: “Before ever speaking to a large organization, please contact Mathius at SUFA for he is far more educated in your area of expertise. Oh, and I would highly recommend asking for a refund on all your degrees.”

      • Mathius says:

        HA.. thanks! But he probably knows 1,000x as much as I do, and was just dumbing it down to key takeaways. I’d be willing to bet that, if he read my comment, he’d roll his eyes at me.

        That said, there’s a fun corollary to what I posted in my original comment from February. It may never have occurred to you that when the Europeans came to America, they brought with them all these devastating plagues (smallpox, etc)…. but why was there no American plague brought back to Europe….?

        • JAC's Daughter says:

          and was just dumbing it down to key takeaways

          Yea, you’re probably right…dumbing it down to what some might consider common sense is needed for the majority who don’t have much of it anymore. I remember a ton of people commenting how helpful and insightful this guys was. smh. OK, taking the sassy pants off…

          It may never have occurred to you that when the Europeans came to America, they brought with them all these devastating plagues (smallpox, etc)…. but why was there no American plague brought back to Europe….?

          hmmm….You’re right again, something that has not occurred to me. My first thought would be that Europe was exposed to way more than America ever was until Europeans came to America. To my knowledge (which i’ll be the first to admit, I am not the most knowledgeable in most topics) is that America was secluded until Columbus hit the East coast. The Vikings came before, but also an isolated population so didn’t have the same exposure. So when the Europeans came over, they had years to develop immunities and (taking a thought from your comments) the plagues had adapted to their European hosts for survival. When they came to America, who had zero exposure, the Native Americans were wiped out until the illness’ had time to adapt to their new hosts and Native American’s develop immunities? There were also many more people coming to American than vice versa. Either no such illness’ originated in America because it was so secluded or anything that had, which the Native Americans had the years of exposure and time to adapt, didn’t harm the Europeans as much because their immune systems were already built strong enough due to everything else they had been exposed to over centuries.

          Those are my first thoughts off the top of my head, but i’m open to learn why.

          • Mathius says:

            Good thoughts, and you definitely on target (or close nearby) on several of those…

            Ok, so here’s the fuller answer. I don’t agree 100% with everything in this video, but it’s a good gist.

            • JAC's Daughter says:

              Very interesting and the big picture makes a lot of sense.

              • JAC's Daughter says:

                Which parts do you not agree with and why?

              • Mathius says:

                I’d have to re-watch it… but I remember thinking that it’s oversimplified and a bit misleading because it doesn’t consider vectors such as plague rats or mosquitoes when these are a major factor nor did it discuss mutation by the diseases, genetic resistance on behalf of the Europeans, analogue exposures (eg cowpox), etc. It just left a lot out (not that I expect a 10 minute animated video to give a college level course on epidemiology) and made it seem like it’s 100% due to animals.

                I seem to recall their definition of “plague” was a bit too narrow for my taste, too. The idea that it kills you quickly or leaves you immune was not something I’ve seen anywhere else in terms of defining a plague, nor is it necessarily true. Immunity isn’t necessarily for a lifetime, there are asymptomatic carriers, etc. Nor do “plagues” fail to mutate enough to render such immunity ineffective in all cases.

                I thought it was a pretty decent gist and very interesting, but just built a narrative of “it’s all about the animals” which packs a cute and easy-to-digest “now I know” moment, but misses a lot of bigger themes, too. I did think it really hit the nail on the head with regards to concepts of a plague-as-fire burning through its fuel source and animal reservoirs as potential sources.

                It’s kind of like learning about the Civil War and being told “the North wanted to free the slaves, and that’s why we had a war.” Well… I mean, maybe, I guess, yes, that’s a definite part of it, a big part of it, but are we really going to pretend that’s the “whole story”? Even if that were the headline narrative, the biggest factor, you really don’t have a complete answer with just that, do you?

              • I believe the new world had malaria but that is because the mosquito is ubiquitous. Also early Europeans sheltered livestock in the same dwelling they lived in, thus close contact for the winter months helped bugs jump from one species to another.

        • Syphilis

          • Mathius says:

            Syphilis’ origins are a matter of some debate. But even if it did come from the New World, it’s got nothing on Bubonic Plague, Typhoid, Small Pox, etc.

            The short answer, if you don’t feel like watching the video above, is that (A) Europe had a lot more domesticated animals so there were a lot more chance for diseases to hop to humans and (B) they had big, dense, unhygienic cities with huge population inflows which were ripe for keeping diseases alive that would have otherwise burned themselves out.

            Basically, Europe was a petri dish.

            (This, of course, is vastly oversimplified)

            • I watched it. It was pretty interesting. Europe also had contact with other parts of the world like Asia and Africa before they came to the Americas, but the Americas were pretty isolated. They did give the rest of the world tobacco in return though.

  8. Mathius says:

    Got to hear a bit from my father-in-law who heard it via chain email that the BLM movement is antisemitic and that their “charter” accuses Zionism of something something something and we Jews should be against them because of it… anyone here want to get it out of their system?

    • I have heard the same thing. No matter, Jews are white too.

      • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

        Years ago I remember sitting with my blue eyed, red haired Israeli friend in his office in the fashion district in Manhattan when one of his salesmen walked in, a black Ethiopian Jew. Amir and I had been talking about the demographics of the city and he took the opportunity to remind me that the white Jewish interlopers in Tel Aviv, had done an extraordinary thing in rescuing hundreds of stranded Ethiopian Jews when the Muslims took that country into chaos. Besides, Ethiopia is where the Ark of the Covenant is hidden.

  9. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    FYI, copy of the e-mail to mys sons about yesterday’s “save Teddy” protest in NYC.

    First they came for the statues…..and I did nothing.

    An interesting day! My first venture into the big apple in over a year, May 2019 to be exact. My first demonstration, if you don’t count that run to Albany over Cuomo’s gun laws since 1972. And guess what? You can find street parking. Had my choice of three spots on West 80th between RSD and West End Ave. As I walked towards the park every block had a space or two. Wow! I saved at least 30 bucks today.

    Anyway the demonstration against removing Teddy’s statue was small, maybe 150 people but a great assortment of very different people. The gay community was well represented as was the Hispanic and Jewish community. There were a few blacks and one who spoke on the travesty of removing . Your mother was concerned I’d get my head busted but the counter protesters, like vampires, germs and vermin tend to shy away from daylight. I that respect they ain’t got the cojones their grandparents had in ’68. We had one very vocal gentleman, black, who spent the afternoon across the street quoting scripture at great length and condemning idolatry. I had the opportunity to have a short discussion with him wherein I again tried to point out the difference between worshipping a statue of Baal and respecting the memory of a great American, patriot and a most Christian man. That got me….just like the old days….exactly nowhere. How did you knew he was a good Christian I was asked, Well eight books prepares you well so I rolled off some of what he had done and the dufus switched the subject!

    The attendees were on the older side except for a college YAF contingent from out of town. I wore my “Buckley for mayor” pin as a part of my “cred”. They were in awe that I worked that campaign. Was nice to be a demi-god for a brief time. I brought along a duplicate copy of Morris’ “Colonel Roosevelt” and passed it on to one fellow who had not read it yet.

    Had fun with some older ladies who were there from Philly and elsewhere and worked for the National park service. They were very unhappy. All were historians so we had a couple of good discussions.

    Before we broke up I asked one what her opinion was about the failure of the “conservationists”, the greenies to say anything about Teddy. The Philadelphia lady looked at me in disgust and said, “You would think wouldn’t you”.

    Headed uptown to the Heights. Bayonet is STILL amazingly there on the WW 1 monument. Guess the junkies have not figured ot how to get it off yet. Ditto with parking in the heights. At least two available daytime spaces on every block I rode down despite the reduced parking for the Mayor’s anti-car agenda…..Felt like it was 1958 again!

    Dad

  10. My mother in law bought my daughter an ant farm for her birthday (tomorrow).

    The ants come in a little vial with a label saying “caution, ants may sting.” Uh huh… yea, ok. That’s cute and all, but this is America, and I know that’s just legal-CYA, but my daughter thinks it’s awesome, so maybe that’s the point?

    The vial, however, does not pour easily into the farm and, as soon as that cork is out, the ants are scattering to the winds – trying to make a break for it.

    So, naturally, I’m trying to scoop the little fuckers up and shove them in one-by-one as they dart off in every direction. I note, smugly, that they seem to have forgotten how to do any of super-dangerous stinging.

    As I’m shoving them into this tiny hole, other ants are trying to escape out the same hole.

    (insert Yackety Sax)

    Anyway, I’m scooping up and catching and corralling these little insects and the girls are having giggle fits over it.

    Well, I got all of them except this one tiny one… he was desperate to get away… but I caught him. Or, more specifically, I just got my hand in front of him and he climbed on.

    Because, and I cannot emphasize this enough, ants are stupid.

    Welp, the plan was to scoop him into the farm, just like all the others.

    But THIS ant… well, he had different plans.

    Now, I spent a year in Arizona, so I’m no stranger to ant stings. I remember the little red guys that’d make these little hills and god help the poor soul who stepped on one.. they’d swarm your boot, and your best bet was to sacrifice the boot to the ants before they could get inside.. and maybe your sock, too. So, naturally, I’m not overly intimidated by ant farm ants.

    Anyway, this ant decided that, no, he did not want to go into the nice little ant farm. He had taken all he was going to take, and he could take just not one tiny bit more. His plan was to taste freedom, to live free or die trying. Some creatures were just not born for captivity – they were born for the outdoors, and this ant had the soul of a Texan pioneer.

    So he goes right ahead and stings me on the back of my thumb.

    I make nothing of this because, well, he’s itty bitty, I’ve had plenty of bites and stings before, and well, I mean, it’s not like the ant farm people are going to send super venomous ants or anything. They’re marketed to young kids.

    But, folks, as you might have surmised, I was very mistaken.

    At first, there was nothing, just a bit of “nice try, you little shit.” And I scooped him into his prison and closed the door.

    But a moment later, the heat started to hit. Nothing I couldn’t handle, just enough to let me know he’d take his best shot – and I respected that ant for doing so.

    But then it just kept building and building until it felt like getting tabasco rubbed into a cut. And then like someone was doing a number on me with a cheese grater.

    So, now, here we are. four hours later. And my thumb is still throbbing, and only now starting to head back to normal. I’m wondering if, maybe, the company sent me bullet ants by mistake.

    I’ll have to remember to thank my mother for her thoughtful gift.

    But as for that ant….. well played. Well played, indeed. I take solace in knowing that he will spend the rest of his miserable existence in the prison he was desperate to avoid.

    • Mathius says:

      An update… As of this morning, there is a fair-sized welt where the bastard stung me. Still stings a tiny bit. Objectively, it’s not bad at all, but for an itty bitty ant, it’s quite impressive.

      He is still in ant-prison, where he will remain until his death.

      I like to imagine him pacing the invisible walls of his cell and going slowly mad at the idea of dying in captivity and never again tasting freedom.

      • What, you want revenge on that poor misunderstood ant? You want it punished by being incarcerated? Give it the pink, thou shalt not be violent again, pill and release it from prison.

    • Did you read the instructions?

      • Mathius says:

        Yes, but I did not credit them. I have read far too many nonsensical warning labels in this lawsuit-happy world to believe and worry about every potential cautionary note. Else, I would never leave my bed.

        It is, of course, entirely my own fault. And my thumb still stings a bit even now.

        But I am left to wonder why in the hell they ship such venomous ants to children rather than harmless black ants..?

  11. The New Jersey Attorney General filed voting fraud charges Thursday against four men in connection to the Paterson City Council race on May 12.

    Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced voting fraud charges against 1st Ward Councilman Michael Jackson, 3rd Ward Council-Elect Alex Mendez, Shelim Khalique and Abu Razyen.

    All four men were charged with criminal conduct involving mail-in ballots.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/two-politicians-hit-multiple-voter-fraud-charges-connected-mail-ballots/

    • Mathius says:

      Removing the Democrats from office sounds like a very good idea, but not if it means turning over all the power to the Republicans. Give me a sane party to vote in and I’ll do so in a heartbeat.

    • I decided to take one for the team and join Parler. I doubt that I will ever ‘parlay’ but I didn’t see the harm in boosting the numbers for Parler. There was a mass exodus of conservatives from Twitter over the last week, so I sheepled along with them. I’d be willing to bet that as Parler begins to take off, other alt-sites will gain traction as well. BitChute will be the next replacement for YouTube. I’ve noticed a different one tho, too. Banned Video. I see that Alex Jones is there. Forgot the site that CarpeDonktum went to for his videos. Things are changing.

    • Mathius says:

      Whatever happened to all that fawning over the “free market” a few years back?

      Or do we only love and believe in the free market when it does what conservatives want?

      • Hold on thar’ podnuh!……Seems I remember you being somewhat different on this subject. If my feeble brain recollects, you have an opposite view of media on this because it is media…am I mistaken?

        • Mathius says:

          You’ll have to point me at what you’re referring to, or give me a bit more to go on.

          Then again, when have I ever claimed to hold a consistent worldview?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        You mean those companies operating under the authority and power of the Governent. Like the East India Tea Company, there is no “free market” when the Govt. protects the business from disgruntled customers.

  12. Just A Citizen says:

    Solution

    Flat tax on gross income. End the IRS.

    https://www.redstate.com/elizabeth-vaughn/2020/06/30/863560/

  13. TO: JAC’s Daughter
    Fm: The Colonel
    SJ: Mathius

    Careful, my lady, remember Mathius is crafty with his answers. After all, his alter ego is a Pirate, a horse, a dog……It must be quite busy in that hat rack of his.

  14. Mathius says:

    Mr. The Colonel,

    To answer your question on the other thread: If PRESIDENT Mathius credibly finds that a foreign leader has placed a bounty on US troops, this is casus belli. Full stop.
    They have declared war on us and, so, we are at war. There is no debate, no question.
    This is Pearl Harbor.

    Depending on whether I’ve had enough caffeine that day, and whether I’m itching to curb-stomp the country in question, I’m going to do one of the following:

    1. Place a bounty on the foreign leader in question in an amount greater than the total amount he was offering against us troops. Everyone in every chain of command that had even the tiniest big of a role in the matter dies. Commanders down to the grunts and accountants. Not a single human being walks away for this. Let the Hague come after me, PRESIDENT Mathius has a job, and that doesn’t involve letting future shit-bag countries think they can pull this kind of crap.

    2. Simply obliterate the foreign capital. Just absolute fucking scorched earth. No warning, no saber-rattling. Just send in the B2’s. The Kremlin was there, now it isn’t.

    If true – IF – this is so far beyond that pall of anything even remotely acceptable that to tolerate it invites, begs for, challenge. To fail to meet such an act of aggression without devastating consequences as much as declares open season on US troops, US interests, and says “we the US are complete cowards – do to us as you will.”

    For this reason, I cannot fathom that Trump received such intelligence because he is not a man capable of moderation or restraint. He knows only escalation. Such an attack on his watch would be a personal affront and he would have hit the absolute ceiling. I might have blown up the capital (building), but he would probably have nuked the capital (city).

    • Yes, me thinks this is something that has been made up and is being jumped on before being verified. Even PUTIN, would not be that stupid………….however………………….

      This is an election year. stranger things have happened.

      Now, let me throw another one at you as I think this has been proven. China allowed the Covid to spread throughout the world to offset the damage that would be done to their economy. I have heard, not seen, that there is credible evidence of this…..I know the world will not do anything but what, I wonder, should we do. I would suggest more crippling economic sanctions and a weaning of our dependence upon China. Hit China in the pocket book and sanction allies that deal with China….thoughts?

      and third…opinions on Trumps move with Hong Kong now that China has moved to isolate it and taken over. No more cooperation?

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      President Mathius,

      I think its less that Trump lacks restraint versus, as lol’d this morning – “he has the attention span of a gerbil and the self control of a four year old”. Seemingly every exited member of his inner circle describes the same Trump – a diddling buffoon unwillingly to consume the briefs prepared for him, unwilling to learn or read much of anything, and almost 100% reliant on his profound gut to drive decisions. More and more stories being released substantiating that the intel was there, needed additional curation and was largely ignored by Trump. Guess that 500k found on the Taliban by Seal Team Six miracled its way there. SMH.

      • If any of this bounty stuff is true, I think Iran would be the guilty party, considering their nice stash of on hand cash.

      • Not to sure Ray…….I am still very much involved militarily and see the latest intel reports…now, even with my TS/SSIR clearance, unless I have a need to know, I would not be included but since I am included on all the intel about the Taliban…I have not seen this. Not yet, anyway.

    • Your comment is quite interesting. I would do neither of your options, because that probably what the Deep State wanted. First is to verify, which is in question. I think the whole story is made up bs. So, until it totally verified, it is nothing but liberal bunk intended to bait Trump into an action, of which any action will be demonized by liberals. Trump knows this by now and the whole thing will likely backfire.

    • I would need a lot more information before I would act on this. When did it start? Has this been a long running program that started before Trump was in office? Is this in retaliation for the Russians we killed in Syria? Have any bounties been actually paid?

      We know Iran supplies IEDs and other weapons to the Taliban. Does Russia? Why would we treat this any different than any other foreign interference?

      The total fatalities of US soldiers in Afghanistan in 2017-2020 are 17, 15, 22, & 9. respectively. I think these are total deaths not KIA as I have seen that only 4 were KIA in 2020. So the numbers are small.

      Was the gang of 8 briefed?

      Are we willing to start WW3 over this?

      Do we have bounties on Taliban leaders? We did in Iraq.

      Why would Putin do this? It would be a bad chess move.

      Pelosi’s statement that maybe the intelligence community would withhold the info because DJT would pass it to Putin is ludicrous. If it is happening, Putin already knows. Withe this leak, we just told him we know.

      Despite all the rhetoric from the left, Trump has been good about not escalating these situations thus avoiding tit for tat retaliations. He did so with Iran.

  15. Interesting point on the bounty issues. It has long been known that Russia, China, and Iran have funneled money to various surrogates around the world. They still do this, just as we, the United States, does.

    I just received a briefing that addresses this issue and there is NO, to mean NONE, credible source for the rumor of bounty on the heads of US Soldiers. If there is such a thing, it comes from within the leadership of the local terrorist units of such organizations. There is no briefing, intelligence source, nor written documentation produced that is traceable back to a credible source.

    During the Vietnam War, there were bounties issued all the time because we found the documents among the local units or on the persons or nailed to a tree. We, Special Forces troops, Green Berets, had a bounty on our heads all the time. So did the Navy Seals…any special forces troop. Nothing has changed to today. We have bounties during Desert Storm and I am sure that we have the same today. At no time did we see any bounty papers signed by the Russians or Chinese or Iranians. Just wanted posters nailed to huts and trees, in Vietnam, and I saw NONE in Kuwait nor Afghanistan.

    What the briefing has told me, is that some local some where in Afghanistan has put out bounties on the heads of soldiers. Some newspaper picked it up here….and VOILA…a perfect non story. You will notice that nothing has been produced. No written document or so we have been briefed. It is also quite logical that a POTUS, no matter who it is, will not be briefed if there is no credible evidence. I also know this for fact because I have left many things out of briefings until there was proof positive. And a rumor started against Trump in an election year……..is just that…a rumor. Anyone saying that the POTUS ignored something like this is an idiot. A FIRST CLASS IDIOT. If anyone thinks that a POTUS is lying when he says they have not been briefed, does not know what they are talking about.

    And, if you think a POTUS has a say so in briefings, you need to be educated. You do NOT bring rumors to a table or briefing unless you have proof positive and a word overheard or a he said she said….is not proof positive. And the POTUS, even though he is Commander in Chief, does not run a briefing nor does he issue instructions on what to say in briefings.

    A Presidential bounty would be like the one Bush put out with the playing cards. THAT is a bounty even without money being involved. I have seen none by Putin nor our Chinese noodle friend in China.

    It is an election year and lies and innuendo abound and will be blown out of proportion.

    • Even if this were true, which it appears to be just more fake news by the Liberal media, why would anyone be surprised? We can dismiss anything the liberal media reports as most of it is DNC propaganda and lies.

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      Colonel – this is where I feel like you are putting yourself in a box. I sum – you have access to intel that your average citizen does not and will not. You’re claiming thus full judgeship and jury-ship and can thus conclude for the rest of us what we should believe based on evidence we cannot and will not ever see (your rather strong language of “you’re idiot if….”). Do I think you’re a trustworthy and honorable guy? Sure! I do. But I also LOVE to keep honest people honest, its part of my DNA and what I am required to do in the day job – herein you’ve claimed ground that says I cannot and will not. That does leave much room for any other option.

      Consider that:

      This is a President that routinely lies – its a reflexive action for him. He lies about things he doesn’t need to lie about. If I cannot trust him to be honest about the small things how do I trust him about the things that really really matter? Where do I get that comfort? With half-dozen sites cataloguing all the lies he utters I assume anything that escapes his lips is more likely to be false.

      This is a President who will gladly ignore any crisis if it doesn’t benefit him personally. Given his current navel gazing and deliberate disregard at the well covered and well documented current condition of the COVID-19 crisis its reasonable to think he’d ignore potential linkage between the Russians and alleged bounties on our soldiers.

      I have deep experience in intelligence gathering, curation, analysis, dissemination. Over 20 years. Be careful of “proof positive” – intelligence can be shared/disseminated and need further curation – both of those things can be true. Its incumbent on the analyst and presenter (if different) to provide a reliability analysis of the intel when sharing. The bar is not set to 100% in all cases and its unclear if you’re suggesting that.

      • What exactly can Trump do about Covid? He is limited in what actions he can take beyond what is already being done.

        • Ray Hawkins says:

          Coordinate. Communicate. Provide National guidance, direction, mitigation. Lead by example. Soothe. Empathize. Not lie. Stop running victory laps for being the biggest failure. Figure out how other Countries succeeded and model what they did successfully. Is that enough?

          • Why now? Liberals didnt fricken listen to him at the very beginning and now you want him to console and continue to repeat the same stuff the left ignored once before. Sorry, if people dont get it by now, let them suffer.

          • Mathius says:

            Oh! How ’bout NOT politicizing wearing a mask?

            Jesus H. Christ! How the fuck can the President of the United States turn this act barest possible minimum of human decency and mutual consideration into some kind of with-us-or-against-us political football?

            • The mask issue is a urban issue. I haven’t wore a mask in over a month, unless its required by the establishment, which isn’t many. The masks will eventually cause more health issues down the road, because people don’t clean them, don’t even understand them and are getting a false sense of security.
              However, you city folks probably should wear them. But I feel for y’all come flu season, it’s gonna be a nasty one.

              • Mathius says:

                unless its required by the establishment, which isn’t many.

                What do you make of all the people having shit-fits over being told to wear a mask in stores? (other than that the videos are somehow simultaneously hilarious and terrifying)

                The masks will eventually cause more health issues down the road, because people don’t clean them, don’t even understand them and are getting a false sense of security.

                I was getting all set to call you a moron in the first half of that sentence, and then you had to go ahead and be valid in the end… damn you!

                Ok, fine. I don’t necessarily agree that they are so terrible, but yes, you ARE correct that people don’t use them correct, clean them, etc, and, in particular have a false sense of security. So points to you on this.

                BUT, that said, that sounds like a reason to educate people on how to properly wear them, when to dispose of them, how to clean them, what the limits of the protection are, etc. Trying to say “they’re worse because of x, y, z” might be true as far as it goes, but it isn’t a reason for them not to use masks – it’s a reason why people should be educated on how to correctly use them.

                It’s like saying “some people don’t know how ot use a condom and get pregnant, so condoms ultimately cause more pregnancies than they prevent… well, no… it just means that the people who don’t know how to use a condom need to learn that basic skill. (and, as many, many, many, many, many studies will tell you, that avoiding that “false sense of security” does not stop people from fucking).

                Speaking of condoms, a great analogy I heard was that wearing the same mask without replacing / cleaning it, is like wearing the same condom with multiple partners. Pretty good comparison, I thought.

                However, you city folks probably should wear them.

                Probably.

                Honestly, it’s not a bad idea for everyone everywhere to wear one at all times in public and just get used to it and make it part of the culture. Humans are disgusting petri dishes and masks should just be a general part of “normal hygeine.” You have to wear pants when you’re in public, too. Sure, I hate pants, but I still put ’em on when I leave the house.

                But I feel for y’all come flu season, it’s gonna be a nasty one.

                What makes you say this?

                If we can keep up our masks and distance through the fall (hint: we won’t), there might not even be a “flu season” this year.. the kinds of things that are in place to stop the spread of COVID are the exact same kinds of things that would stop the spread of the common flu.

              • We have had 7 cases in my county. No new ones since March.
                NO, I will not wear a mask forever. It’s stupid anyway when only N 95 masks are effective and people are constantly touching their face to adjust the mask. Waste of effort.
                The flu will be bad because people will have low immunity due to the masks and constant hand washing.

              • Mathius says:

                NO, I will not wear a mask forever. […] and people are constantly touching their face to adjust the mask. Waste of effort.

                I think people could learn how to use them properly and get used to it. People in hospitals and clean rooms do it somehow. In some parts of Asia, it’s just normal to wear masks in public.

                It’s stupid anyway when only N 95 masks are effective

                N95s are the ONLY effective masks.. they’re just more effective than cloth. Cloth is still better than nothing – especially at catching airborne drouplets from a cough (your mask protects others more than yourself.. their masks protect you more than themselves).

                The flu will be bad because people will have low immunity due to the masks and constant hand washing.

                … That’s… that’s not how this works.

                Before I start insulting you, do you have any supporting sources you’d like to cite?

              • Just experience working in healthcare. It always amazes me how germaphobes are always sick. I have a few friend who wash their hands dozens of times a day and spend more time fighting colds then enjoying life. They didnt listen to me, so they suffer.
                I wash my hands when they are dirty and in the shower. That’s about it and I’m rarely sick.

              • Mathius says:

                It always amazes me how germaphobes are always sick.

                So… anecdotal evidence at best?

                I have a few friend who wash their hands dozens of times a day and spend more time fighting colds then enjoying life.

                Fun story about Polio.

                https://nextnature.net/2014/01/how-modern-sanitation-gave-us-polio

                I wash my hands when they are dirty and in the shower.

                I don’t want to know, but I really hope “going to the bathroom” counts as “when they are dirty” in your mind.. otherwise, I pity your family..

              • I was taught at an early age to no pee on my hand and use t.p. for the other. Please explain why you wash your hands after going to the bathroom?

            • Just A Citizen says:

              Mathius

              “… That’s… that’s not how this works.

              Before I start insulting you, do you have any supporting sources you’d like to cite?”

              Actually that is how it works. The Youtube video of two epidemiologists from California last month explained it quite well.

              The longer you live in isolation, the more you disinfect everything, the faster your immune system declines. Making you more vulnerable to all kinds of things you normally wouldn’t even notice. Which would include your susceptibility to the new flu strain this coming year.

              • Mathius says:

                The Youtube video of two epidemiologists from California last month explained it quite well.

                Link, por favor.

                The longer you live in isolation, the more you disinfect everything, the faster your immune system declines. Making you more vulnerable to all kinds of things you normally wouldn’t even notice. Which would include your susceptibility to the new flu strain this coming year.

                Even if that were true – which I do not stipulate – living in isolation also makes it less likely that I will come into contact with the new strain of the flu this coming year, so I’m less likely to contract it.

                It’s like saying “not training as a boxer makes you not as able to take a punch from a boxer.” Well, yes… ok, that’s fair… but if I don’t step into the ring, that shouldn’t be a problem, now should it?

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Ray Hawkins

            “Coordinate. Communicate. Provide National guidance, direction, mitigation.” All of this was done. See Task Force, see POTUS at briefings, see media and Dems bitching about POTUS at briefings.

            “Lead by example”. Why? Are you incapable of knowing when to wear a mask? Why should POTUS wear a mask when one is not needed nor helpful? Just to make people understand?

            “Soothe. Empathize.” He did. See early stories of telling folks not to panic, we will get through this, losing people is awful but we will persevere. See Democrats and Media excoriating POTUS for not being empathetic and “not caring if people die”.

            ” Not lie”. OK, I will give you this one. Although I am still not sure what he lied about regarding COVID.

            ” Stop running victory laps for being the biggest failure.” This is only a Failure in the minds of those who hate POTUS from the get go.

            ” Figure out how other Countries succeeded and model what they did successfully.” See POTUS offer suggestions on what to do. See Democrats and Media make fun of POTUS for injecting his opinions instead of using expert advice. See experts say that POTUS has followed every bit of advice they have given. See the hate POTUS crowd claim he is not providing adequate advice. See the Task Force and two leading Docs holding press conference providing the latest advice.

            ” Is that enough?” Yeah, is that enough?

            • Ray Hawkins says:

              Thanks for the softball JAC – you make this so darn easy….

              “Coordinate. Communicate. Provide National guidance, direction, mitigation.” All of this was done. See Task Force, see POTUS at briefings, see media and Dems bitching about POTUS at briefings.

              – Bit early for the victory lap – at least that what’s shit tons of dead people and new cases should remind you of daily. POTUS has completely checked out, was largely checked out when they decided it was worthwhile addressing.

              “Lead by example”. Why? Are you incapable of knowing when to wear a mask? Why should POTUS wear a mask when one is not needed nor helpful? Just to make people understand?

              – I wasn’t solely referring to mask wearing. Good, strong, competent leadership leads by example. Think of Hal Moore, General Grant. Forgive me if you’re more the scientist than the folks that live in this every day. It is established it is both needed and helpful.

              “Soothe. Empathize.” He did. See early stories of telling folks not to panic, we will get through this, losing people is awful but we will persevere. See Democrats and Media excoriating POTUS for not being empathetic and “not caring if people die”.

              -Sadly – the work there isn’t done. Empathy is not going 100% hand wavy and ignoring the crisis altogether. Its laughable you’d think he was empathetic (see Lincoln, Roosevelt, hell – even look at Cornpone Johnson).

              This could be and should not be the death of his tenure in office. He was literal when he said it was not his responsibility. Now fools like DeSantis are using that example set to further pass the buck to local/municipal folks – to hell with it – no such thing as coordinated response. Truman they are not.

              • The tale of two groups. One needs constant leadership the other just needs the facts then get out of our way.

                Trump has done his job, maybe it’s time for people to be responsible and quit whining so damn much.

      • “This is a President that routinely lies

        And so does the media.

        • Mathius says:

          Didn’t your mother ever teach you that “two wrongs don’t make a right”?

          • Just A Citizen says:

            The issue on the table is not two wrongs but whether you should ignore an explanation because the person explaining has lied in the past.

            The little boy who cried wolf is a more appropriate comment here.

            • Mathius says:

              whether you should ignore an explanation because the person explaining has lied in the past.

              There’s a difference between “has lied in the past” and “is a pathological liar.”

              Everyone on the planet has lied in the past at some point.. either that, or they’re a baby or non-communicative. My 4 year old tried to blame the dog for breaking something and then poorly cleaning it up the other day. Hell, Koko the gorilla once ripped a sink out of the wall and, when her keepers confronted her about it, she blamed her kitten, signing “cat did it.”

              Ray is saying that we can’t trust Trump because he is a well-established liar. LIAR, as distinct from “a person who has lied.” And he is right. And I know it was like nailing jello to the wall when I tried to force SUFA to accept that fact, but it simply is true that Trump is a liar. And it remains baffling to me that anyone could argue otherwise.

              Saying “yea, well the media lies, too,” doesn’t have any bearing on that fact.

              Trump is a liar. He lies about big things, he lies about small things, he lies when he has to, he lies when he doesn’t have to.

              Ray’s assertion is that a POTUS denial of the Russian-bounty allegations is meaningless because Trump has no personal credibility.

              That neither confirms nor disconfirms the allegation.

              That is, his denial doesn’t mean it’s true. (This is the kneejerk reaction I keep seeing from the right toward the media and the left.. “if they say X, then it must be not-X”). But nor does it mean we have to believe him when he says it’s false.

              The little boy who cried wolf is a more appropriate comment here.

              Fine. I guess.

              Not a perfect analogy either.

              More like the lying liar who lies constantly is not a person we should necessarily believe when making self-serving assertions.

              I don’t think that’s necessarily something that should be controversial: you shouldn’t trust liars when the thing they’re saying is in their own interest.

              And whataboutism doesn’t change that one iota.

          • The issue is not that two wrongs don’t make it right. It is who do you believe. We have an anonymous leak published in a paper notorious for getting things wrong especially when it comes to Trump. There are no specific details published, just the charge. We have been listening to this kind of tripe for 3 years. At this point I will keep an open mind and wait for more information.

            Thank you Col. for your take on this.

      • Ray, you should know me pretty well…I am pretty consistent or at least try to be.

        You said I sum – you have access to intel that your average citizen does not and will not. This is very true. I have a lot of experience that is needed even at my advanced age of 72, well, almost 72.

        You’re claiming thus full judgeship and jury-ship and can thus conclude for the rest of us what we should believe based on evidence we cannot and will not ever see. No sir, I do not claim judgeship at all. My intent is taking briefings that none of you can see and try to not violate ethics and protocol to keep my friends on SUFA advised of things the general public does not know. Yes, I used a strong language of “you are an idiot” if you think that just because Trump lies about things, that he would willfully ignore a bounty situation on America troops, then I think you would fall into that category. Hell, even Obama would not do that and I think he is a pariah but would say the same thing about him. The only politician that does not care and did not care about lives was Hillary Clinton..she rates a number two position to Hanoi Jane Fonda.

        I have deep experience in intelligence gathering, curation, analysis, dissemination. Over 20 years. Be careful of “proof positive” – intelligence can be shared/disseminated and need further curation – both of those things can be true. Its incumbent on the analyst and presenter (if different) to provide a reliability analysis of the intel when sharing. The bar is not set to 100% in all cases and its unclear if you’re suggesting that. As a Brigade Commander in Afghanistan, my S2 section would routinely brief me on security matters and enemy intel. They were concise. They had to be because I would ask questions of the reliability of there source. Afghanistan was particularly rife with rumors about bounties and things. This is not something new. If every rumor was reported as fact, then a briefing would last days…if you are in the business, you know this. If Trump was not briefed, and that is according to his own staffers, because there was not an abundance of credible or “proof positive” facts, then you waited until you got more facts. If something else came up, and S2 thought it imminent, then they would not need a briefing, they simply walk in a bring it to my attention.

        Now consider the source that started this rumor. A newspaper rag with as much credibility as a dried dog turd, quoting an un-named source. Let this gang of 8 ask their questions and get their answers. But beware, they did this through a trumped up charge (no pun intended) about Russian collusion that went nowhere.

        So, I do not speak for you nor SUFA. I try to let you know things that you would not normally know and it is one sided. That you for the compliment of being trustworthy. Be guided accordingly. If you choose not to believe me, it does not hurt my feelings. I do not get bent out of shape over things.

        Now, a fair question to you…………Do you think that the source of this news leak or rumor should be made public and investigated as to its authenticity?

  16. I am in exile, yet again………please let me out.

  17. Interesting thing about CHOP…….the mayor was all behind it……..until….her house was besieged and covered in graffiti…..then at 3 am this morning, police in armored vehicles using pepper spray, flash bangs, and assorted military equipment…..moved in and retake the area.

    The mayor has shifgter her response from a love fest to they are now terrorists. My…how the worm turns.

    • JAC's Daughter says:

      It was also not reported in the early stages of Chop, but Mayor Durkan had to call in the police force to escort her out when the whole thing started. She had gone in to talk to the “peaceful protesters” and ended up getting surrounded and needing the force to get her out safely. Funny how that was missed by the media.

      She is also now blaming Council member Sawant (a slimy snake) for the development of Chop. Did Durkan not remember she was the one who ordered the precinct to be evacuated? But let them have their cat fight, and let them take each other out!!

  18. Ray Hawkins says:

    President Mathius – am thinking you need an avatar for your presence here. I would gladly serve as your Pence – eagerly polishing your boots with my tongue; heaping sloppy, grotesque praise on your very being, holding steady any flagpole you elect to hump, cleansing your collars of tanning oil stains (can I keep one collar to dangle from my rearview mirror?), brushing your beautiful mane of blonde ‘hair’, happily cleaning your belly button hole of fried chicken crumbs, taco bell cheese and McDonalds pickles that inevitably fall in there when you and I dine together.

    Welcome to SUFA!

    • This has been typical of the Left and everytime they think they have Trump he storms back and makes them look like the fools they are.

  19. Interesting situation has arisen in Oklahoma that has now come to light. They had a primary election and also a State Constitution change. The Constitutional change was for the State Medicaid program administered by the State Government. It raised the state requirements and has also raised state taxes. This was introduced by the Democrats.

    Now the interesting part. Oklahoma is very strict on the mail in ballots. Unlike most states, they actually check the voter roles and verify the reasons for the mail in ballots. For example, if you are going to be out of town, you have to show airline tickets or other proof in order to receive a mail in ballot. The 65 and over group automatically qualify for the ballots.

    Now, the State Constitutional Amendment narrowly passed….by less than 1,000 votes. In Oklahoma, there are 2 ballots mailed. A pink ballot and a white ballot. One for Federal primary and one for state primary. Lo and behold, there was an error in the fact that the over 65 group never received a state ballot and, therefore, never got a chance to vote. Over 70,000 ballots were never mailed to that age group which, generally on fiscal matters, votes conservative. They got there Federal Ballots but not the state.

    Coincidence?

    • Its called “rig by omission “. Just like when the liberal media lies by omission except now they can do the same with mail in ballots. You dont think the Crats want mail in ballots for the convenience do you?

    • Mathius says:

      The 65 and over group automatically qualify for the ballots.

      Of course they do.

      Old farts skew heavily Republican.

      I’m sure that’s a coincidence.

      Lo and behold, there was an error in the fact that the over 65 group never received a state ballot and, therefore, never got a chance to vote.

      I seem to recall no such bellyaching when voters in Wisconsin were told to vote in person when their mail-in-ballots failed to arrive.. this despite having one polling placer per 120k people in the Democratic strongholds.

      Frankly, everyone should have the option to vote by mail, but if the ballot doesn’t arrive for some reason, grab your walker and go vote.

      Over 70,000 ballots were never mailed to that age group which, generally on fiscal matters, votes conservative. They got there Federal Ballots but not the state. Coincidence?

      Maybe.

      Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.

      But, you know… it could be.

      I would ask this: who, generally, wields the power in Oklahoma? Red or Blue? And, if Red, then why is such an atrocious and glaring failure exclusively Red’s fault? Even if there were such a conspiracy afoot (or if some random guy in the mailroom simply threw them in the blast furnace), why is Red Team so shitty at their job that they didn’t notice?

      Put another way: HOW THE FUCK DO ALL THESE PEOPLE HAVE JOBS WHEN THEY’RE CLEARLY ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE AT THEIR JOBS?!

      I instructed a position transfer the other day – this should have been a one-and-done thing. Maybe 20 minutes all-in. I sent off the request. And do you know what I did next? I followed up with a phone call to make sure they got it and that it had everything they needed. And then I followed up every single day by phone (overnight in Hong Kong) and email until I saw that it was processed. And instead of 20 minutes, it took two weeks. But, by God, I wasn’t going to consider it finished and move on until it was actually finished. If I had the mentality of the people on Red Team in Oklahoma, I would never have gotten my position moved because, apparently, “followup” isn’t a necessary part of the job?

      I wouldn’t last 45 seconds if I were this bad at my job before getting canned. And it’s not just the clowns in Oklahoma.. this is a reoccurring theme… How do I get a job (that pays well) where there are no consequences if you don’t do your job?

      • They could hold the final results up, mail the ballots out and count them in 4 weeks after mailed. But, I would bet the Crats would fight that in court.

        • Mathius says:

          But, I would bet the Crats would fight that in court.

          Yup… If Blue Team is in the lead with ballots out, Blue will want to stop further counting. If Red Team is in the lead with ballows out, Red will want to stop further counting.

          Why am I having post-traumatic flashbacks to Bush V. Gore…?

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Because it is in your nature to confuse things. You live in contradictions, therefore you are constantly misrepresenting the key points of one arena to draw equivalency in another.

            Example: Bush v. Gore was not about counting votes not yet received. And the reason SCOTUS had to correctly step in was because the D’s (Blue Team) were tying to limit the “new process of counting until you get the right answer” to only one County. Which happened to be the one they are dominant in, most of the time.

            The issue you raised is about votes not yet received.

          • Yes, quite correct.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        I do not think that the affliction you describe is a Red vs. Blue team thang!

        • Mathius says:

          Certainly, not.

          Red, Blue, and Pink Polkadot. Public sector, private sector, and everything between, among, and askew.

          I just want to know how the hell to get a job where I can fail utterly and still get paid.

          • Weatherman. 😛
            Democrat politician. 😀

          • Just A Citizen says:

            GOVERNMENT………. pick your preferred level.

            Warning: Salary is lowest at the lowest level but scrutiny for performance is higher.

            The higher the level the greater the pay and the lower the accountability. Note: In General, there are some minor exceptions.

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      Anyone in Oklahoma offering an explanation? I thought that State was overwhelming red.

      • Mathius says:

        It’s the Democrats’ fault. George Soros sent in operatives working under a false flag in the Republican party to infiltrate the mailroom of the voting office with BLM activists and sympathizers. Meanwhile, the Deep State distracted the AG, secretary of state, governor, Lt. Governor, and every other member of the Republican party and elderly electorate with a manufactured fake news pandemic so that they wouldn’t notice until it was too late. The media, being completely in the pocket of the left, was complicit in the coverup, burying all reports of the missing ballots.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Well, that is possible:

          “OKLAHOMA CITY (June 25, 2020)—The Oklahomans Decide Healthcare PAC, which is funding the campaign to expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program through passage of State Question 802, has failed to file numerous legally required reports on its campaign spending.

          The failure to report campaign spending comes as news reports indicate the pro-802 campaign could be receiving substantial funding from an out-of-state, left-wing special-interest group.”

          https://www.ocpathink.org/post/sq-802-supporters-break-state-law-refuse-to-reveal-campaign-spending

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Ray

        “Today, most of Oklahoma’s federal and all of its statewide offices are all held by the Republican Party, which also holds supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature. ” (Wikipedia).

        However, Oklahoma has also had a history of electing Democrats to State and Local offices while overwhelmingly electing R’s to the Federal positions.

        What the Colonel was referring to was the ballot initiative to expand Medicaid. That was supposedly sponsored by Democratic groups and won narrow approval.

        It seems odd, this ballot issue. But as you and Mathius point out, the R’s should have been in charge of that process. If they hold those jobs in the State Govt.

  20. Just A Citizen says:
    • I’ve seen a lot of things about abortion that’s bothered me, but that was truly sickening. Watching them struggle to use the pre approved words to keep them from saying anything that points to that babies humanity. I don’t know how they sleep at night.

  21. Just A Citizen says:

    Well, well. A take down in old SUFA style. Maybe US Weapon wrote the monologue.

  22. Mathius says:

    Gman….

    Please explain why you wash your hands after going to the bathroom?

    Remind me never to shake your hand.

    Please explain why you wash your hands after going to the bathroom?

    • Mathius says:

      By the way, I have the most ludacris bathroom in the world… so my toothbrush, unlike yours, is probably safe.


      (Approximately 2/3rds of my bathroom… no, I didn’t build it this way.. no I have no idea why the previous owners did.. yes, I plan to subdivide it at some point and put in a sauna.)

      Back of the napkin math based on tiles says it’s ~16.5′ from the toilet to my brush.

      • Nice bathroom. You really are a spoiled elitist. 😛

      • My toilet has its own little room with a door, and my toothbrush has its own little cabinet. I’m feeling so very smug and superior right now.

    • I’m outside now, but must ask this question. Do you scrub your private parts prior to having sex?

      • Mathius says:

        Naw.. we fill the bathtub with hydrogen peroxide and just take a quick dip first.

        • Sure, if you think the medical industry and their mouthpieces want you to be healthy, I’ll sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.

  23. Masks don’t work. Studies and more studies. Scientific stuff. Footnotes and sub groups, sidebars and videos all kinds of info here. Masks don’t work. Masks. Do, Not. Work. Except as a signal of how easily people will blindly follow.
    https://www.rcreader.com/commentary/masks-dont-work-covid-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covide-19-social-policy?fbclid=IwAR3Zj4tF_uc6uxuj7lkIGoGl3LjICv_VzxrV7UIPXR_LtotQ7UR3nkTAbME

    • Haven’t watched this whole video yet, but it was linked from a link in the article I posted.

    • Mathius says:

      A question for you, Anita: Why do doctors and nurses wear masks around infectious patients if they do not work?

      MORE to the point, let’s actually click on some of those links at the bottom:

      1. “A larger study is needed to definitively establish noninferiority of no mask use.” They used a sample size of 32 people and had two cases of flu (one in mask, one in non-mask). That’s not informative. The headline should be “tiny study is inconclusive, but p-hacked its way into publication by omitting consideration of the fact that “Subjects living with children were more likely to have high cold severity scores over the course of the study.” ”

      2. “There is some evidence to support the wearing of masks or respirators during illness to protect others, and public health emphasis on mask wearing during illness may help to reduce influenza virus transmission. There are fewer data to support the use of masks or respirators to prevent becoming infected.” (Previously, Mathius said: “your mask protects others more than yourself.. their masks protect you more than themselves”)

      3. This is a meta-study – a study of studies. Their summaries are in a table at the bottom, but can be summed up thusly: 6 studies failed to find a link (as distinct from found no link), 8 studies found reduced risk. Some findings may not be directly applicable to flu as they are considering SARS (a coronavirus!). And the key takeaway: “Some evidence suggests that mask use is best undertaken as partof a package of personal protection especially hand hygiene. Theeffectiveness of masks and respirators is likely linked to early,consistent and correct usage.”

      4. Another meta-study. But this one isn’t checking whether N95s are effective, but whether they’re more effective than surgical masks. “Although N95 respirators appeared to have a protective advantage over surgical masks in laboratory settings, our meta-analysis showed that there were insufficient data to determine definitively whether N95 respirators are superior to surgical masks in protecting health care workers against transmissible acute respiratory infections in clinical settings.”

      5. More meta.. ok, nothing wrong with that… sneaky, sneaky… the article you linked to threw a snippet of the text: “Self-reported assessment of clinical outcomes was prone to bias. Evidence of a protective effect of masks or respirators against verified respiratory infection (VRI) was not statistically significant” which isn’t in the article anywhere… so, um… yea… but, you know what IS? Let’s skip to “conclusions,” shall we: “Our analysis confirms the effectiveness of medical masks and respirators against SARS. Disposable, cotton, or paper masks are not recommended.

      The confirmed effectiveness of medical masks is crucially important for lower-resource and emergency settings lacking access to N95 respirators. In such cases, single-use medical masks are preferable to cloth masks, for which there is no evidence of protection and which might facilitate transmission of pathogens when used repeatedly without adequate sterilization [8].” …. so they’ve found N95’s effective against SARS, but did not find cotton or paper masks effective.

      More to the point, “Overall, the evidence to inform policies on mask use in HCWs is poor, with a small number of studies that is prone to reporting biases and lack of statistical power.”

      ———–

      So what can we take away from this?
      A) It’s hard to do a good scientific study on this kind of thing since it’s unethical to lock a large number of people in a room with a pathogen and give only half of them masks.
      B) My mask protects YOU. Your mask protects ME.
      C) Doctors and nurses and anyone working in a cleanroom wear masks all day and somehow survive and never become hypoxic.. or are we to believe that hospitals are letting oxygen-deprived surgeons operate on people?
      D) The article is either cherry-picking or outright fabricating quotes from the articles.
      E) No article that I saw said you SHOULDN’T wear a mask or that wearing one increased infection (though I admit I didn’t read every word) – all the did was occasionally fail to find proof that they DID work (this is how science works).
      F) Wear your mask. It probably won’t stop YOU from getting it, but it might stop you from SPREADING it.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Mathius

        ” My mask protects YOU. Your mask protects ME.” FALSE. You state an absolute which is not supported by the science. It would be properly stated as “will reduce the risk of infection” but will not prevent infection. As the studies and commentary points out, duration of exposure and magnitude must also be considered.

        Oh, as for Doctors and Nurses……….. that is primarily a BACTERIA prevention measure. And……..they toss them when leaving a room.

        • Mathius says:

          ” My mask protects YOU. Your mask protects ME.” FALSE. You state an absolute which is not supported by the science. It would be properly stated as “will reduce the risk of infection” but will not prevent infection.

          Previously, Mathius said: “your mask protects others more than yourself.. their masks protect you more than themselves”

          Better?

          As the studies and commentary points out, duration of exposure and magnitude must also be considered.

          Well, duh.

          And having sick children coughing directly into your face also increases your odds of getting sick.

          In other news: Water is wet.

          As the studies and commentary points out, duration of exposure and magnitude must also be considered.

          Yes….. but ceterus paribus, wearing a mask makes you a little less likely to get it and a lot less likely to spread it.

          Oh, as for Doctors and Nurses……….. that is primarily a BACTERIA prevention measure.

          A lot of these studies were on SARS, so I’m not sure this assertion is supported.

          And……..they toss them [their masks] when leaving a room.

          Yes….. and when I have finished with a condom, I don’t reuse it with another partner.

          What you’re saying is that they don’t reuse masks so as (A) to avoid oversaturating a single mask to the point of being ineffective and (B) to prevent cross-contamination. Both of these are good points.

          Which is why civilians should be doing much the same thing.

          This isn’t an argument for “mask don’t work” so much as an argument for “masks work best when used properly.”

          If I fail to follow correct usage procedures and use that aforementioned condom incorrectly, and the girl gets pregnant, we wouldn’t take that and conclude “condoms don’t work.” We would conclude “you’re an idiot who needs to use them correctly.”

          Masks will NOT STOP the spread. They may reduce the RATE.

          No one is claiming that masks are a panicea. No one is saying this disease vanishes if everyone wears a mask. No one is saying that a mask – along – is the full answer. (At least, no one with a brain).

          But here’s the thing.

          Masks HELP. How much is debatable, but that they help (when used correctly) is really not up for debate. They are part of the package for how to slow the spread, protect the vulnerable, etc. They go along with gloves, hand washing, avoiding touching of the face, social distancing, contact tracing, etc.

          If you’re right and I’m wrong (and the CDC is wrong), then you’ve been inconvenienced and mildly annoyed by having to wear a piece of fabric over your face when in public. This feels gross, costs a few bucks, is annoying.

          If I’m right (and the CDC is right) and you’re wrong, then you may slow the spread of the disease and/or prevented someone from catching it at all. Put another way, you MIGHT save someone’s life. Maybe lots of lives.

          So let’s play one of my favorite games and consider the risk-reward: inconvenience vs. dead grandma. I really fail to see how this is any kind of debate.

          • How about this game. YOU stay home. Let the rest of us get on with life. This disease has a 90+% survival rate. You act like its a 90+% death rate.

            • Mathius says:

              If we can keep it to 0.1%, then THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND Americans will be dead before this is over.

              Do you remember how crazed people (mostly the right) were over 9/11? This is already ~40x the death toll of 9/11, and it’s still not even close to over.

              Now, the CDC is saying to please wear a piece of fabric over your mouth in public to help stem a thing that’s killed 40 times as many people as 9/11 with no sign of stopping, and you act like that’s too much of an imposition.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Masks will NOT STOP the spread. They may reduce the RATE.

  24. Ray Hawkins says:

    Colonel – bumping down here for some recap.

    Numerous more reports coming in that substantiate that the intel was in the 2/27 PDB. Last I read – there was a decision by the civilian CIA officer not to verbally cover that piece of intel verbally with POTUS due in some part to reliability as well as the established WH culture that POTUS blows his stack when the briefings mention anything adverse about Russia. All this coming out in part parcel media sourcing as well as the interview today with National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.

    I’ll hold off on chucking the wet blanket on the Colonel’s earlier posting. I do think its fair to say there is a better than average chance the intel was in the PDB on 2/27/20. There are hearings and briefings to come, both sides of the aisle are in a tizzy over this (well….they should be right?), the media smells blood in the water, and I thinks some families deserve answers.

    Now – the savory part of this?

    The POTUS defense resembles something like……he did nothing because he knew nothing. IOW – he’s lazy, incompetent and cannot be bothered to read. For shits and giggles….he spent more time that day hanging with the folks from FBI Lovebirds: Undercover (45 min) than he did on consuming his own PDB. Not sorry here folks….but that is f***ing ridiculous. You missed intel important enough to be in your PDB because you’re too lazy to pay attention in between troll tweets – but – you had time to hang out with Phelim McAleer? Jesus H.

    Joe Biden? All he has to do is stare in the camera and mumble “I’ll read my daily PDB ladies and gentlemen, and I’ll act on it”.

    Colonel – you asked: “Now, a fair question to you…………Do you think that the source of this news leak or rumor should be made public and investigated as to its authenticity?”

    Answer – All the reading on this is pointing now to being a leak or leaks in the White House, but also sourcing from British Intel and from sources in Afghanistan. Not a great answer but this is becoming a few degrees more complex. I’m guessing that since the intel sources back into 2019 (with Bolton supposedly verbally briefing Trump but now remaining tight lipped) and curation in that time isn’t seeming to show anything more concrete such that leads may have dried up or were still being worked until this came out publicly.

    • Ray…..if you feel that there is a wet blanket to be thrown,,,,,,,,throw it.

      he did nothing because he knew nothing. IOW – he’s lazy, incompetent and cannot be bothered to read. For shits and giggles….he spent more time that day hanging with the folks from FBI Lovebirds: Undercover (45 min) than he did on consuming his own PDB. Not sorry here folks….but that is f***ing ridiculous. You missed intel important enough to be in your PDB because you’re too lazy to pay attention in between troll tweets – but – you had time to hang out with Phelim McAleer? Jesus H. Don’t do many briefings, do you? I remember when the Republicans were on the band wagon of Obama not attending nor reading his PDB’s on a consistent basis. The answer then was…..that is what his staff is for. A POTUS does not have the time to attend or read constantly….that was the argument then. Even Mathius defended Obama not being at every briefing or reading PDB’s. I miss many briefings but I have a staff that is at every single one of them and my staff is very proficient at weeding out the unnecessary. I wish I did not have a staff, any longer. I really thought that after 41 years, I could sit back and enjoy some retirement….but if you look on the ID cards of any officer, there is no retirement date…mine says……..indefinite. I know many officers that are being called back that are in their late 70’s and I know one, personally, that is 81 and has been recalled. The reason for that is primarily experience. Experienced officers that are field smart…..and not tech saavy. I am in that bunch. I am NOT and never HAVE BEEN and never WILL BE tech saavy. Algorithms are a pariah and that is what we seem to be living on. So, I read briefings very carefully and scrutinize them thoroughly and, to be honest, I discount 90% media reporting from unnamed sources. The media is not to be trusted…..not….one….single….word.

      But, if I remember correctly, Clinton attended approximately 22% of his security briefings, Obama was even less, and Bush 2 only attended security briefings to help his legacy. The only POTUS that attended security briefings on a regular basis was Reagan. He hardly ever missed one.

      Your retorts clearly indicate that you hate Trump and I seriously doubt that even when he is correct, he is going to be wrong and ten thousand angels sitting on his shoulder declaring he is right will make no difference. I get that and you are, of course, entitled to your opinion. I spent 41 years in the service to help ensure that right and I support you in that.

      If you choose to not believe the intel that I impart here…..as much as I can and you choose to believe media reports….cool beans. There is no media out there, including Fox, that I believe has enough sense to get out of the rain and stares straight up into the sky to ask if it is raining. You cannot hurt me and I do not get offended if you wish to criticize things with me. I am NOT a snowflake and do not get offended. I also understand that what I say on here is one sided as is what you say…and no amount of **citation** from media is going to change that.

      I luv ya man…….we can keep debating. It is fun.

      • White House officials have pointed out over the last several days the many actions the administration has taken against Russia, and that any intelligence affecting U.S. troops — whether verified or unverified — goes directly to forces on the ground so that they can take necessary precautions.

        Ray, interested in your take on this. Now, from a commander’s point of view, this is how it is supposed to happen.

        • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

          Since exactly two US troops have died from enemy fire in Afghanistan this year I suspect the Russians are not paying enough. Or the story is and was and always will be BULLSHIT. I wanna see and hear the FIRST guy who pegged it.

          If you remember, all 17 US intel agencies agreed that the Russians interfered with the 2016 election…..until they were polled. Then, it turned out that only THREE did and those three have now pretty much been identified as being part of the coup.

          • This is correct……I was so used to having a bounty on my head in Vietnam and Afghanistan…I kinda miss it now. But everyone with an ounce of brain knows that bounties have been around since…….oh………Moses was a corporal.

  25. Ray Hawkins says:

    I’m sure Trump’s leadership prowess will be the subject of study of MBA students for years to come. In today’s lesson, and in deference to JAC and G-Man’s steadfast support of this unique leadership style, we learn that in the midst of the worst pandemic in 100 years, with daily positive test numbers toppling prior records, with ER’s tapping out at 100% capacity, in the throes of an economic crisis unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with petty arguments over the merits of to wear or not to wear – President Donald John Trump offered this sage insight on Fox Business Network….”one day it’ll just magically go away”.

    Wait now….read that one more time. That some old “beats the shit outta me” answer…..”it’ll just go away”. Where greater men stiffened their spine to face adversity – this coward retreats to the toilet to troll tweet.

    • Selective memory maybe?

      Perhaps the first time we heard President Obama say he didn’t know about a major national event before the rest of us was when an Air Force One plane (not carrying the president at the time) made an unannounced pass over the Statue of Liberty on April 27, 2009. It turned out to be a White House-approved photo op, but panicked New Yorkers feared it might be some sort of terrorist attack. The next day, President Obama told reporters, [quote]“It was something that, uh, we found out about, uh, along with all of you.”[/quote]

      On Oct. 12, 2011 Obama told reporters, [quote]“I heard on the news about this story, that, uh, Fast and Furious.”[/quote] For good measure, Attorney General Eric Holder—who had been sent regular briefings on Fast and Furious, a case approved by his criminal division—also said he was clueless about the case.

      White House officials said President Obama was kept in the dark for months as the FBI investigated his CIA Director, Gen. David Petraeus, in a sex scandal.

      In May of 2013, a reporter asked the president: “When did you first learn that the IRS was targeting conservative political groups?”

      Obama answered: [quote]“I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.”[/quote]

      When it became public that the Obama administration had secretly seized phone records of AP news reporters, the White House said President Obama hadn’t known about it.

      Obama spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in May of 2013, [quote]“We don’t have any independent knowledge of that, [President Obama] found out about the news reports uh yesterday on the road.”[/quote]

      President Obama said he had no idea his government was spying on foreign leaders as outlined in an Inspector’s General report—until it was leaked to the news. On Oct. 28, 2013 he said, [quote]“I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.”[/quote]

      In May of 2014, White House spokesman Carney said that the President was clueless about the waiting list scandal and coverup involving medical care for military veterans.

      President Obama says he didn’t know about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address and server for official business until the New York Times published it in a story. The president told CBS News’ Bill Plante that he found out “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”

      Earlier, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, “I have no idea when the president first learned” about it. But he foreshadowed the eventual explanation stating, [quote]“I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if he had learned about that by reading the newspaper.”[/quote]

      TDS is alive and well inside you Ray.

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        G-Man – check your clock bro’ – your ilk seem to forget who actually occupies the the Oval House. I’m not interested in re-litigating every sin of POTUS’ past. Time will continue to fill in Obama’s report card and rightly so. The evidence mounts hourly, daily of the failures of this President – observing that is holding him accountable to the oath of office he took.

        TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome – a mental disorder first diagnosed with disgraced, impeached President Donald Trump in/around 2016. The disorder is characterized by emotional tirades, an obsessive fixation on past grievances, inability to use logic and reasoning, a disdain for data and science, and extreme narcissism. It is now routinely diagnosed in many of his sycophants, defenders and followers – those afflicted with TDS can easily be identified by the bright red (think Soviet Union Red) hats they wear.

        🙂

        • Ray, gman is not excusing Trump for anything. He is pointing out the hypocrisy of the media. They cared nothing about Obama not knowing about major issues in his administration but they are all over this Russian bounty business like white on rice. I consider this issue to fairly minor. The Taliban are paid to hunt US soldiers by outsiders. This is news?

          As far as DJT and the Russians, it has been the media and left that have been obsessed with them since 2016. There is no evidence the Trump or anyone on his team colluded with the Russians. IT WAS A LIE. And unlike Trump’s self aggrandizing lies, it hurt and divided this country. BLM is also based on lies that are dividing and hurting the country. Both are supported and encouraged by the Democrat party and the MSM.

          Democracy is mob rule. I see the mobs. They are intimidating. I do not like what I see. Tyranny comes in many forms.

        • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_derangement_syndrome

          My clock is fine and your facts are sadly mistaken.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      You anti-science guys absolutely amaze me. Like this thing is gonna last forever. Yes Ray, some day it “Will just go away” Like The Spanish Flu, Swine Flu, Bird flu and a hundred or a thousand others.

      I suggest you stop reading bird entrails for your science posts.

  26. LOS ANGELES, CA—We all know LeBron James is an amazing human being, but seriously. Just when we thought he couldn’t get any better, local media caught this powerful moment and WE CAN’T EVEN. Cameras caught the inspiring, heartwarming moment LeBron approached a homeless man last week at one of LA’s many tent cities.

    According to sources, the homeless man held out his hand to LeBron’s approaching car to ask for some spare change. What happened next gives us faith in humanity again.

    The world-famous NBA player looked at the poor man’s outstretched hand. Smiling kindly he said, “Silver and gold have I none, but in the name of #BlackLivesMatter, I offer you the gift of social enlightenment!”

    LeBron James then proceeded to lecture the lucky panhandler on his white privilege, offering helpful ways to “be better” in the future. “I was shocked,” said Mike “CrazyEyes” McCluckerson, the homeless Marine Corps vet after LeBron’s helpful exhortation. “I was raised by a family of possums under an abandoned bridge, but I had no idea how many advantages my whiteness had given me in life. Furthermore, Mr. James illuminated a host of unconscious biases I harbored in my heart without even knowing it. This moment marks a turning point in my never-ending journey to relinquish the mantle of privilege Western colonialism has afforded me.”

    Mr. McCluckerson then offered Lebron James his scarf as a token of thanks. James didn’t have any cash to offer the homeless man, but he did make a $100 donation to Black Lives Matter in his name. What a BEAUTIFUL gesture. Go, LeBron!

    • Have to wonder the science Whitmer used to craft her latest EO om masks for school kids.

      K-5 Must be masked while on buses, in hallways and while in the bathroom. No mask necessary while in the classroom.
      6-12 Masked all day
      If your child is special needs, no mandatory mask.

      They either work or they don’t.

      • Canine Weapon says:

        Proof that masks work:

      • Mathius says:

        K-5 Must be masked while on buses, in hallways and while in the bathroom. No mask necessary while in the classroom.
        6-12 Masked all day
        If your child is special needs, no mandatory mask.

        Anita,

        Masks aren’t an all-or-nothing proposition.

        Just like “frequently washing your hands” is better than “washing your hands sometimes” is better than “never washing your hands.”

        You want people to wear them as much as they can, but if they’re just kids, it’s a lot to ask. You can say “100% masks 100% of the time,” but it’s just not practical. I know it. You know it.

        If you’re a special needs kid, it might be borderline impossible. Try getting a severely autistic six year old to wear something over their face all day. It ain’t happening, and to try amounts to torturing the kid.

        Frankly, I can’t imagine that this is going to work. As my wife (a teacher) says, everyone is making all these plans, but none of them are going to survive into the fall. We’ll see what actually happens, what they actually work out, but I am just having a hard time envisaging a bunch of elementary kids keeping masks on.

        For my money, I have been predicting since the shutdown started that we’d simply give up in the fall and simply ignore it from that point forward.

        • I wonder if schools will even be open this fall. The comment sections here in Michigan are full of parents saying their kids will not return to school in masks. Happy count day. Then what?

      • Half Whitmer made it from “whole cloth” , pun intended 😀

  27. I woke up in a pessimistic mood this morning. We have had 4 months of a lock down that is destroying our economy. We have 30 days of politically motivated and driven anarchy over the illegal death of a criminal. And all we can discuss is do we wear masks and did the president know that the Russians might have a bounty on US soldiers.

    We have major retail corporations going bankrupt. The airlines, Boeing, and their support industries are teetering. Small businesses are disappearing. Hospitals are going bankrupt (42 to date). Much of this pain is self inflicted for the sole purpose of defeating DJT.

    80% of the media lie about, skew, and omit facts. They have become shills for the Democrat party. This is a party that is supporting the anarchy, supports and encourages the financial down turn. This is the party that plans to end the filibuster, pack the courts, raise taxes, defund police, grab guns, limit free speech, open the borders, grant citizenship to all illegals, go green bigly, and regulate us to the poor house.

    And the Republicans sit on the collective arses and do not fight back or actively support the nonsense.

    We no longer have government by the people. We have government by the bureaucrats, black robes, governor kings, and anarchists. We have tyranny.

    Tucker has been on fire this week and rightly so.

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      “Much of this pain is self inflicted for the sole purpose of defeating DJT.”

      You have to be f***ing kidding me.

      DJT is an empty suit that didn’t have the ball to proverbially drop it at the outset. He’s created a vacuum backfilled by confusion, inconsistency and anger. He was right years ago when he tweeted that the guy in the Oval Office owns it all – the good, the bad and the ugly. Now – when its his turn – he obfuscates, lies and misdirects. “Not my fault”

      Every Presidency has crisis. If POTUS isn’t packing the gear to deal with those crisis they can and should be voted out. Republicans crow in private about this charlatan yet don’t have the guts, spine or balls to do anything about it.

      • The shut down I am living under did not come from Trump but from Gov. Newsom. It is called federalism.

        As I recall, when Trump did act early in the game, he got all kinds of grief from no less than the other side of the aisle and the MSM. The massive statewide shutdowns were ordered by the governors and mayors mostly in blue states. Will you hold them responsible? Will you vote them out of office? Or do you only reserve your anger just for Trump? Does your party have the guts to vote Pelosi, Schumer, Nadler, Shift, Newsom, Cuomo, Whitmer, Wolfe, and the squad out of office?

        FYI half the Rs are just as bad. Now do the Rs have t he courage to vote theirs out of office. Yes. We did in 2006 because we did not like the spending in Congress. We started the tea party to push the party back to constitutional and frugal government. The Dems responded by moving more to the radical left and socialism. Try getting your own party under control.

  28. Ray Hawkins says:

    G-Man – can you let your pals in the Trump campaign know that heraldic depictions of the American Eagle are supposed to have the Eagle facing RIGHT not LEFT. Otherwise it looks a bit too much like something it should not. Lazy dipshits. Can they try and at least get the small things right? 😉 https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-campaign-election-t-shirt-nazi-1514950

    • You Ain’t Black is so much better.

    • Ray…now here, you and I will agree on something. I hate it when eagles face to the left….you might as well drag your finger nails down a black board.

      Funny story…..I am in the airport at DFW years back….dressed in all my splendor….full dress uniform with all the trimmings….and I had this young know-it-all yelling at me, in front of 30 or so people about the eagles resting on my shoulder were facing the wrong way. He castigated me (trying to get me to respond) very loudly about how “fake” I was in uniform and was screaming about stolen valor and that anyone in the military knows that Eagles face left. This guy was irate…clearly unbalanced. I stepped around him and he positioned himself again in front of me…..the more I just laughed and did not say anything, really pissed him off. I stepped around him again…..he got in front of me again. Then he screwed up….he touched the uniform. I stepped slightly back and before I could do anything, a young man of about 30 stepped in front of me and placed a well aimed fist about the size of a cured ham into this guys face and nose. It was a two hit fight. The blowhard got hit and hit the ground. It was over. The young man, dressed in civilian clothes but his closely cropped hair spelled it out, turned to me with a sharp snappy salute and said, ” Sorry sir, I am gunnery Sgt Tent Peg (cannot remember his name) I did not mean to interfere but I am in civilian clothes and it was clear that you were not going to disgrace your uniform and he needed to shut up.” I returned his salute and said thank you Marine and we both went our way, stepping over the fallen ass hat that was now in a pool of his broken nose blood and we went about our way. I do not know anything after that and last I saw, no one helped the bugger. When I got on the plane, a flight attendant who witnessed all this came to me and said that there was an empty seat in first class and would I like to have it….I politely declined and stayed where I was but I did get wine the rest of the flight……all because someone thought eagles were supposed to face left.

      Pretty cool, huh? Hindsight told me that I wished I had taken that Sgt’s information so I could let his commanding officer know what he did and that he should be commended….but that would have been too much. It is what we do.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      So which is it? Good lord. What a bunch of whooey.

      Newsweek: The Nazi eagle,

      It features the bird looking to its right with its wings spread, and its talons holding a wreath with a Nazi swastika inside. After World War Two, the imagery was adopted by neo-Nazis and other white supremacists worldwide, according to the Anti Defamation League.

      Trump’s is to the left. Oh wait, other images have the Nazi eagle looking to the left. Others to the right.

  29. Canine Weapon says:

    • So, now, I am a racist, homophobe, Islamophopbe, deplorable, bible beating, gun loving Texan….and now, I am fragile. I am running out of room on my resume’.

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        Colonel – the clitoris has 8000 nerve endings, but its not as sensitive as people complaining about having to wear a mask during a pandemic.

        (please do NOT add “I am a clitoris” to your resume)

  30. Texas trivia…………..On this day, in 1863, Hood’s Texas Brigade became a major participant in the battle of Gettysburg. The Brigade had been organized in 1861. It was composed of the first, fourth, and fifth Texas Infantry Regiments, the only Texas troops to fight in the Eastern Theater. Colonel John Bell Hood (Fort Hood is named after him) was commander of the 4th. On July 2, the Brigade led the assault on Devil’s Den and Little Round Top. After routing the Federal Troops there, the assault failed to capture Little Round Top. A 35 foot monument to the men of Hood’s Texas Brigade stands on the South Drive of the Capitol in Austin. The failure to capture Little Big Top was the only loss suffered by the Texas Brigade. After Gettysburg, the Texas Brigade and cavalry returned to Texas to defend the coast and borders of Texas from not only Federal Troops, but border bandits and Indian raids as well. The Federal troops never made it into Texas until the end of the war and only landed at Galveston and could not push further.

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      Love the Gettysburg stories. US Weapon and I met and went to school in a town a stone’s throw from Gettysburg (also near Fort Ritchie, Site R and Camp David).

      Itching to take my kids to see the battlefield and soak in some history. Ike’s farm is out that way as well.

      • Yes, I have toured Gettysburg extensively, and many battlefields. I love to look at the old maps of the campaigns and look at terrain today. I do the same in Texas during the Indian campaigns and things. We have a trail called the Texas Forts Trail and it is very interesting to see the placement of the old forts and why.

  31. I was reading the obituary today and was saddened at the loss of a beloved old friend, Common sense, who had been with us many years. No one knows just how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in the bureaucratic red tape along with Obama’s birth records.

    He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as : knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird does get the worm, life is not always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

    I remember Common Sense when he lived by simple, sound financial policies like do not spend more than you earn and reliable strategies that adults, not children, are in charge.
    His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but over bearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a class mate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teachers fired for remanding unruly students, hampered the recovery.

    Common Sense lost more ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that themselves failed at in disciplining their children.

    It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or give an aspirin but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted an abortion.

    Common Sense lost more ground when churches became a business and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sens took a beating when you cannot defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.

    Common Sense went on life support after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.

    Common Sense lost the will to live when history is being erased as if the past is some sort of disease and the attitude of many is that we need to emulate the world and forget the independence which made us great.

    Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust….by his wife, Discretion….by his daughter, Responsibility, and his son, Reason.

    He is survived by 5 step brothers: I know my Rights, I want it Now, Someone else is to blame, I am a victim, and Pay Me for Doing Nothing.

    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
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    Author unknown

    • Mathius says:

      I was reading this and, at first, thought you were talking about an old commenter here named Common Man had died… it took me longer than I care to admit that to catch on.

      Anyway….

      Common Sense went on life support after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.

      This one always gets me. It’s a great pithy summary “woman sues because hot coffee is hot,” but it’s not nearly the whole story.

      https://www.caoc.org/?pg=facts#:~:text=In%201992%2C%2079%2Dyear%2D,for%20the%20burns%20she%20suffered.&text=And%20McDonald's%20didn't%20pour,she%20spilled%20it%20on%20herself!

      Basically, it boils (hehe) down to McDonalds serving coffee at a higher temperature than necessary in order to cut costs (you can use cheaper beans and customers won’t notice at that temperature). They knew damned well that people had been hurt and burned repeatedly. The woman was obviously aware that hot coffee is hot, but she was unaware of just HOW dangerous it was – but McDonalds did know.

      Hundreds of people had been burned, some with 3rd degree burns, and the company did not take any steps to warn customers or reduce the risk. The company’s own officers knew and took no action.

      The woman wanted just 20k to cover medical bills and lost income. The company offered her 800. The Jurors reported that McD’s seemingly had “callous disregard for the safety of the people.”

      She was awarded the proceeds from two days of McDonalds’ coffee sales and the judge, finding her partially responsible, reduced that by more than 80%. Then she and McD settled out of court to head off the inevitable years of appeals.

      Put another way: This wasn’t a reward for her stupidity. This was a punishment to McD’s for being cavalier about customers’ safety.

    • Mathius says:

      (2nd Attempt)

      I was reading this and, at first, thought you were talking about an old commenter here named Common Man had died… it took me longer than I care to admit that to catch on.

      Anyway….

      Common Sense went on life support after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.

      This one always gets me. It’s a great pithy summary “woman sues because hot coffee is hot,” but it’s not nearly the whole story.

      https://www.caoc.org/?pg=facts#:~:text=In%201992%2C%2079%2Dyear%2D,for%20the%20burns%20she%20suffered.&text=And%20McDonald's%20didn't%20pour,she%20spilled%20it%20on%20herself!

      Basically, it boils (hehe) down to McDonalds serving coffee at a higher temperature than necessary in order to cut costs (you can use cheaper beans and customers won’t notice at that temperature). They knew damned well that people had been hurt and burned repeatedly. The woman was obviously aware that hot coffee is hot, but she was unaware of just HOW dangerous it was – but McDonalds did know.

      Hundreds of people had been burned, some with 3rd degree burns, and the company did not take any steps to warn customers or reduce the risk. The company’s own officers knew and took no action.

      The woman wanted just 20k to cover medical bills and lost income. The company offered her 800. The Jurors reported that McD’s seemingly had “callous disregard for the safety of the people.”

      She was awarded the proceeds from two days of McDonalds’ coffee sales and the judge, finding her partially responsible, reduced that by more than 80%. Then she and McD settled out of court to head off the inevitable years of appeals.

      Put another way: This wasn’t a reward for her stupidity. This was a punishment to McD’s for being cavalier about customers’ safety.

      • I was reading this and, at first, thought you were talking about an old commenter here named Common Man had died… it took me longer than I care to admit that to catch on.

        I forgot about Common Man as well…..as far as your memory….the older you get………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  32. Canine Weapon says:

  33. USA Today’s Fact-Check Rating: Idiotic

    Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers, coordinated by the Soros-funded Poynter Institute through the International Fact-Checking Network, are able to suppress whatever content they want.

    Even when that content criticizes the fact-checkers themselves.

    NewsBusters received a fact-check from USA Today over its piece debunking a fact-check from USA Today. The initial fact-check, written by college student and intern Devon Link, claimed that it is “inaccurate to say” that the Democratic Party is responsible for the Civil War and founded the KKK. A response, written by NewsBusters Associate Editor Scott Whitlock, cited prominent 19th century writer Robert G. Ingersoll, who said, “Every man that loved slavery better than liberty was a Democrat.”

    Even Link herself conceded that “[F]actions of the Democratic Party did majorly contribute to the Civil War’s start and the KKK’s founding.” The Democratic Party itself may not have officially begun the Civil War, but the Confederacy consisted of strident Democrats.

    Princeton University Professor Tera Hunter was quoted by USA Today as saying, “At the core of the effort to discredit the current Democratic Party is the refusal to accept the realignment of the party structure in the mid-20th century.” NewsBusters noted that Hunter was a donor to former President Barack Obama. Using a Democrat to defend Democrat principles in a fact-check presents serious ethical problems.

    Hunter’s answer? “The short answer is that the Democratic Party did not start the Civil War.”

    The fact-check also relied on a monologue from comedian and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah as a valid source of information. As if.

    Not only was the initial rating “False,” but the label on the NewsBusters piece was “False.” The disagreement with the fact-check was given an interstitial, or a filter, and its outreach was suppressed.

    It’s pretty funny that MRC founder and president Brent Bozell wrote “History is tricky to erase, but the Left is trying to do so.”

    WHEN THE FAR LEFT LUNATICS LOOK AT THE CONFEDERATE STATUES, IT’S LIKE DAJE VU. NO WONDER THEY WANT THEM GONE, IT IS THEM.

  34. NASHVILLE, TN—While many on the left have taken a strong, anti-statue position, blaming statues for inequality and a number of unsolved murders, presidential candidate Joe Biden has taken a much softer stance and is often seen talking to statues. Controversy erupted, though, when Biden was spotted sniffing the sculpted hair of a Confederate statue.

    “The Confederacy is all about racism and slavery,” said a left-wing activist. “It’s like Biden was curious what slavery smelled like.”

    Biden was unapologetic. “I just saw someone and thought I’d come up behind and take a sniff. I didn’t know it was Nathan Bedford Forrest. It doesn’t matter, though. People are just getting worked up over nothing. We have too much division. We need multiplication. I think I saw a goat laughing at me.”

    Biden says he is for taking down Confederate statues, though he says it “should be done peacefully” and maybe they should leave alone “the really attractive ones.”

  35. To All my friends at SUFA (you too Ray and Mathius 😀 ), I’ll be absent for 24 or so hours for a roadtrip into Ohio and walleye fishing on Lake Erie. JAC or the Canine can fix any issues with exiles. Stay healthy! And NO, I will not be wearing a useless mask 😛

    • Mathius says:

      walleye fishing on Lake Erie […] And NO, I will not be wearing a useless mask

      I hope you don’t catch a single fish.

      And NO, I will not be wearing a useless mask

      I also hope you don’t catch anything other than fish, either.

  36. So, since Mathius likes to quote numbers….

    Covid Cases in Texas………as a percentage to population is .00603448

    Covid deaths as a percentage to population .00008682

    Now, exactly where is the emergency?

    • The emergency is where Trump was ridiculed and ignored by the Crats in charge at the beginning. Then, these same asshats sent covid positive cases to nursing homes when thousands died because of poor leadership. Now, we are have a post protest revival in 20 to 35 year olds.

      The real emergency hasn’t even got rolling yet. Black deaths will skyrocket in Crat cities because of anti-police bullshit. If black lives mattered, they sure have a funny way of showing it.

    • Mathius says:

      Now, exactly where is the emergency?

      I don’t know – you tell me?

      I think the “emergency,” such as it was is largely past. But that’s not to say that we can’t bring it back for round two by being morons.

      I just think people should put on a fucking mask and be decent human beings to each other.

      I just think that we should (generally) do the things the CDC seems to believe we should do.

      This isn’t – or shouldn’t be – politics. The docs say do X, we should do X.. unless there’s a damned good reason not to. “I don’t like masks” and “owning the libs” isn’t a good reason.

      We’ve already lost FORTY 9/11’s worth of people and will probably lose another 20 before this is over. What price would we, as Americans, have paid to prevent 9/11? But wearing a piece of fabric so we don’t spew germs all over each other is a bridge too far?

      If I’d told you that wearing a magic piece of cloth for a few months could have prevented 9/11, do you mean to tell me that you wouldn’t have done so? And that you’d have ruthlessly browbeaten anyone who refused to do so and called them things only a Texan Drill Instructor could think up? If I came to you and said, “nope. I don’t want to wear it, so those people can just go die and that’s the price of my freedom,” I have NO DOUBT that you would AGREE with my right to do so… but that you would have had all kinds of things to say to me about my priorities and patriotism.

      Every day we slow this pandemic by is a day closer to a vaccine.. it’s a day closer to better treatments, better therapies, more understanding, less stressed hospitals and staff and supply lines. No, wearing a mask won’t magically stop the disease dead in its tracks. Yes, hundreds of thousands of more Americans will be infected no matter what we do, maybe millions, maybe tens of millions. But we can flatten the curve even further, we can draw it out, we can protect the vulnerable. And we can end up with far fewer deaths overall.

      But that’s only if we can get on board with the idea of being good to our fellow citizens, of protecting each other. Or else, the people with their heads too far up their asses to do so need to just leave their heads there, and can cough into their own colons.

      • Says the guy not out in the world for more than an hour at a time. I wish you could see the morale change around Amazon. Bunch of depressed, non social….drones. It’s physical and mental.

        Yeah, and thanks for the finger salute at the end.

        • Mathius says:

          Says the guy not out in the world for more than an hour at a time.

          I would very much like to leave my house.

          But my mother in law in immunocompromised, and I think my sacrifice of staying shut in is worth preventing the minor risk of inadvertently killing her.

          Yeah, and thanks for the finger salute at the end.

          Sorry, ‘Nita.. nothing personal.

      • Mathius….I get the mask thing. I have one and will wear it if I feel it is needed. I do not go to bars or concerts or anything like that anyway. I do not go to movies. What has me worried is a comment that you made a day or two ago…..and this has me perplexed. You made a mention of the new normal. I cannot go with this. I am not whining about people wearing masks right now. I will whine if they become mandatory or a new normal. That is no life to have to wear a mask to the beach or an amusement park as a “new normal”. I see this as paranoia. I will give this Covid its credit…it is an aggressive little bug. I really do get it. But it is not a life changer and the next flu season a new strain will come out and NOW….we are going to shut down a country every time some one sneezes. Sorry….I do not want to live that way.

        • Mathius says:

          You made a mention of the new normal.

          I recall something to this effect, but I don’t think I’ve ever used the term “the new normal” in my life.

          I cannot go with this.

          Unfortunately for you, YOU do not get to decide what “normal” is.

          I am not whining about people wearing masks right now. I will whine if they become mandatory or a new normal.

          Interesting.

          If they become (stay) mandatory, I, too, will join you in your whining.

          Probably.

          BUT, if they just become (blech!) “the new normal,” and it’s a cultural thing that people just wear them in public, I’m totally on board with that. That is, I think – generally speaking – mask wearing is a solid potential component of societal hygeine, just like we don’t shit on the pavement. Just like we don’t litter (as much) anymore. The times they change, and, generally, they trend in the direction of better standards of societal hygeine.

          If SOCIETY decides that it’s the right thing to do, then that’s SOCIETY’S choice. And if you get shamed or berated or hassled for refusing to go along, well, tough noogies. But if the cops show up and arrest you for it, then we’re having a different conversation.

          That’s not to say that, 50 years hence, there hasn’t been some devastating pandemic that has wiped out half the population on the planet and that we, the considerations have changed such that it’s now “reasonable” to arrest mask-slackers. But, as is, it’s a different story.

          That is no life to have to wear a mask to the beach or an amusement park as a “new normal”.

          Says YOU.

          I would imagine that your great grandfather might have argued that it’s no life to be unable to own slaves and beat his wife with impunity if she got out of line. Time marches on.

          I see this as paranoia.

          Maybe it is.

          Maybe it isn’t.

          Probably it is (at this point).

          But the scales are what they are… certainty of annoyance and a few bucks vs potentially killing someone. I really can’t understand how to get around that kind of logic during a pandemic.

          I will give this Covid its credit…it is an aggressive little bug.

          Si.

          I really do get it. But it is not a life changer and the next flu season a new strain will come out and NOW….we are going to shut down a country every time some one sneezes.

          There’s a sweet spot for a disease where it has the spreading capacity AND the harming capacity to be a serious problem. The annual flu just doesn’t fit in that box.

          Sorry….I do not want to live that way.

          Don’t know what to tell ya… the times they are a-changin’!

        • Mathius says:

          Spam ate my answer to you, sir.

        • Mathius says:

          (2nd attempt)

          You made a mention of the new normal.

          I recall something to this effect, but I don’t think I’ve ever used the term “the new normal” in my life. Sounds like something a hipster would say.

          I cannot go with this.

          Unfortunately for you, YOU do not get to decide what “normal” is.

          I am not whining about people wearing masks right now. I will whine if they become mandatory or a new normal.

          Interesting.

          If they become (stay) mandatory, I, too, will join you in your whining.

          Probably.

          BUT, if they just become (blech!) “the new normal,” and it’s a cultural thing that people just wear them in public, I’m totally on board with that. That is, I think – generally speaking – mask-wearing is a potential solid component of societal hygiene, just like we don’t shit on the pavement. Just like we don’t litter (as much) anymore. The times they change, and, generally, they trend in the direction of better standards of societal hygiene.

          If SOCIETY decides that it’s the right thing to do, then that’s SOCIETY’S choice. And if you get shamed or berated or hassled for refusing to go along, well, tough noogies. But if the cops show up and arrest you for it, then we’re having a different conversation.

          That’s not to say that, 50 years hence, there hasn’t been some devastating pandemic that has wiped out half the population on the planet and that, well, the considerations have changed such that it’s now “reasonable” to arrest mask-slackers. But, as is, it’s a different story.

          That is no life to have to wear a mask to the beach or an amusement park as a “new normal”.

          Says YOU.

          I would imagine that your great grandfather might have argued that it’s no life to be unable to all sorts of things he did back in his day.

          What do you mean I can’t smoke a pack of cigarettes at my desk and slap the secretary on the ass? What kind of life is that?! The hell kid of life is it when the President is a negro with power over white people? Well, ok, at least I’ll head down to the pharmacist and get a nice bottle of opium extract to take the edge off this headache? The hell do you mean I can’t just buy opium anymore? The hell kind of life is this?!?

          I see this as paranoia.

          Maybe it is.

          Maybe it isn’t.

          Probably it is (at this point).

          But the scales are what they are… certainty of annoyance and a few bucks vs potentially killing someone. I really can’t understand how to get around that kind of logic during a pandemic.

          If it’s nothing, you’ve inconvenienced yourself. If it’s something, you’ve saved a life, maybe someone you love’s life. It seems like an easy call to me.

          I will give this Covid its credit…it is an aggressive little bug.

          Si.

          I like to think of it as a talented amateur. Not quite big-league material, never in the same class as the big boys like The Plague and Spanish Flu and Small Pox, but with a can-do spirit… a try-hard, punching above his weight class. Somewhere in a middle area… worse than flu, but just not big and bad enough to catch up to its idols, no matter how hard it tries. Like a AAA player who puts his heart and soul into the game and finally gets called up to the majors only to be shown to just not have the “right stuff” and gets sent back down.

          I really do get it. But it is not a life changer and the next flu season a new strain will come out and NOW….we are going to shut down a country every time someone sneezes.

          There’s a sweet spot for a disease where it has the spreading capacity AND the harming capacity to be a serious problem. The annual flu just doesn’t fit in that box.

          it may be that, someday, we get to the point of fearing every little cootie to the point of perpetual shutdown. But today is not that day.

          Sorry….I do not want to live that way.

          Don’t know what to tell ya… the times they are a-changin’!

        • Mathius says:

          (4th attempt.. gonna break it into pieces) (1/3)

          You made a mention of the new normal.

          I recall something to this effect, but I don’t think I’ve ever used the term “the new normal” in my life. Sounds like something a hipster would say.

          I cannot go with this.

          Unfortunately for you, YOU do not get to decide what “normal” is.

          I am not whining about people wearing masks right now. I will whine if they become mandatory or a new normal.

          Interesting.

          If they become (stay) mandatory, I, too, will join you in your whining.

          Probably.

          BUT, if they just become (blech!) “the new normal,” and it’s a cultural thing that people just wear them in public, I’m totally on board with that. That is, I think – generally speaking – mask-wearing is a potential solid component of societal hygiene, just like we don’t shit on the pavement. Just like we don’t litter (as much) anymore. The times they change, and, generally, they trend in the direction of better standards of societal hygiene.

          If SOCIETY decides that it’s the right thing to do, then that’s SOCIETY’S choice. And if you get shamed or berated or hassled for refusing to go along, well, tough noogies. But if the cops show up and arrest you for it, then we’re having a different conversation.

          That’s not to say that, 50 years hence, there hasn’t been some devastating pandemic that has wiped out half the population on the planet and that, well, the considerations have changed such that it’s now “reasonable” to arrest mask-slackers. But, as is, it’s a different story.

  37. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    Funny thing. I wear a bandanna, the good ole cowboy kind and also a great Polka Dot one I ordered from the Teddy Roosevelt foundation people. Now, I am unusual in these parts, Northern NJ and NYC and it is a rarity to see bandannas around . Two weeks ago I ventured into North Eastern Pennsylvania and did a bit of shopping at the chain stores. This is old coal country. Men wearing bandannas vs. men wearing masks, was about a 60-40 ratio.

    Conclusion: “Real men don’t wear masks”.

    • Mathius says:

      Mask… bandana… inflatable dinosaur costume… as long as you keep your germs to yourself, I think you for being a decent and considerate human being.

  38. Mathius says:

    JAC!!! Spam!!!

  39. Mathius says:

    (3nd attempt)

    You made a mention of the new normal.

    I recall something to this effect, but I don’t think I’ve ever used the term “the new normal” in my life. Sounds like something a hipster would say.

    I cannot go with this.

    Unfortunately for you, YOU do not get to decide what “normal” is.

    I am not whining about people wearing masks right now. I will whine if they become mandatory or a new normal.

    Interesting.

    If they become (stay) mandatory, I, too, will join you in your whining.

    Probably.

    BUT, if they just become (blech!) “the new normal,” and it’s a cultural thing that people just wear them in public, I’m totally on board with that. That is, I think – generally speaking – mask-wearing is a potential solid component of societal hygiene, just like we don’t shit on the pavement. Just like we don’t litter (as much) anymore. The times they change, and, generally, they trend in the direction of better standards of societal hygiene.

    If SOCIETY decides that it’s the right thing to do, then that’s SOCIETY’S choice. And if you get shamed or berated or hassled for refusing to go along, well, tough noogies. But if the cops show up and arrest you for it, then we’re having a different conversation.

    That’s not to say that, 50 years hence, there hasn’t been some devastating pandemic that has wiped out half the population on the planet and that, well, the considerations have changed such that it’s now “reasonable” to arrest mask-slackers. But, as is, it’s a different story.

    That is no life to have to wear a mask to the beach or an amusement park as a “new normal”.

    Says YOU.

    I would imagine that your great grandfather might have argued that it’s no life to be unable to all sorts of things he did back in his day.

    What do you mean I can’t smoke a pack of cigarettes at my desk and slap the secretary on the ass? What kind of life is that?! The hell kid of life is it when the President is a negro with power over white people? Well, ok, at least I’ll head down to the pharmacist and get a nice bottle of opium extract to take the edge off this headache? The hell do you mean I can’t just buy opium anymore? The hell kind of life is this?!?

    I see this as paranoia.

    Maybe it is.

    Maybe it isn’t.

    Probably it is (at this point).

    But the scales are what they are… certainty of annoyance and a few bucks vs potentially killing someone. I really can’t understand how to get around that kind of logic during a pandemic.

    If it’s nothing, you’ve inconvenienced yourself. If it’s something, you’ve saved a life, maybe someone you love’s life. It seems like an easy call to me.

    I will give this Covid its credit…it is an aggressive little bug.

    Si.

    I like to think of it as a talented amateur. Not quite big-league material, never in the same class as the big boys like The Plague and Spanish Flu and Small Pox, but with a can-do spirit… a try-hard, punching above his weight class. Somewhere in a middle area… worse than flu, but just not big and bad enough to catch up to its idols, no matter how hard it tries. Like a AAA player who puts his heart and soul into the game and finally gets called up to the majors only to be shown to just not have the “right stuff” and gets sent back down.

    I really do get it. But it is not a life changer and the next flu season a new strain will come out and NOW….we are going to shut down a country every time someone sneezes.

    There’s a sweet spot for a disease where it has the spreading capacity AND the harming capacity to be a serious problem. The annual flu just doesn’t fit in that box.

    it may be that, someday, we get to the point of fearing every little cootie to the point of perpetual shutdown. But today is not that day.

    Sorry….I do not want to live that way.

    Don’t know what to tell ya… the times they are a-changin’!

  40. I wonder if anyone on SUFA has taken the time to go to the BLM website and its links to see what they actually stand for and their manifesto. It is interesting reading.

    Mathius, I am particularly interested in why you do not hate BLM as much as you hate Trump, given their stances on the Jewish peoples as well as their endorsements and donations from anti-semetist organizations.

    There is a movement in Texas that has gone to the major business’ and showed them the websites of BLM and its ties to the Squad……and now business’ are beginning to pull their support of BLM. You should read it and follow links, if you have the time. It is not what the media says it is.

    • Mathius says:

      I wonder if anyone on SUFA has taken the time to go to the BLM website and its links to see what they actually stand for and their manifesto. It is interesting reading.

      I just went to blacklivesmatter.com and couldn’t find the word Jew, Jewish, or Israel anywhere. (except in a dropdown to select your country for their mailing list)

      I skimmed this, because I have other things to do with my life, but didn’t see anything objectionable.. https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/

      I wonder if anyone on SUFA has taken the time to go to the BLM website and its links to see what they actually stand for and their manifesto. It is interesting reading.

      “The BLM Website”? Who gets to decide what it does and does not “mean”? What it does and does not “stand for”?

      I can tell you that, for the vast overwhelming majority of BLM protestors, the point is “I don’t want to have to be afraid of the police and I don’t want a systemic bias against black people in the justice system.”

      For a small and lunatic portion, well.. they’re just nuts, what can I say?

      Mathius, I am particularly interested in why you do not hate BLM […] given their stances on the Jewish peoples as well as their endorsements and donations from antisemitic organizations.

      Firstly, I’d ask you to support this assertion.

      The first thing I’m going to pre-flag is the assertion that being anti-Israel is necessarily antisemitic. I’m Jewish and I will freely admit that Israel does some bad shit. And, while the Palestinians are not even remotely innocent in all of it, two wrongs don’t make a right. So being against the oppression of Palestinians by Israel is NOT being against Jews in general.

      Mathius, I am particularly interested in why you do not hate BLM […] given their stances on the Jewish peoples as well as their endorsements and donations from antisemitic organizations.

      I believe in equality.

      I believe that black people have it rougher in America than white people. How bad this is, how severe, what’s driving it, how to fix it… all up for debate, but it’s a pretty simple assertion and self-evidently true that generally speaking white has it better.

      And – to me – that’s not about “white privilege,” but a “lack of equality.”

      As a human being, I feel that this is wrong.

      As a Jew, I take it very seriously as this is driven deeply into our culture. We have stood in those same shoes.

      Whether the specific BLM power brokers have corrupted the movement, I can’t say. But the principles for which it nominally stands are ones I would fight for.

      • Thank you for your answer.

      • FROM BLM Website..The Black Lives Matter movement should embrace solidarity from Jews. There have been calls for violence from prominent BLM supporters with no official condemnation.

        “Zionism is the movement for the self-determination of Jews. The right to the ‘self-determination of peoples’ is universal and enshrined in Article 1 of the UN charter. So-called ‘anti-Zionism’ exclusively denies Jews that universal right and is therefore antisemitic.
        “BLM should aspire to be a movement against racism that unifies people and achieves lasting change, not a movement that spreads hatred and achieves lasting division.

        Now, This is a chapter of BLM from the UK…..but…like father like son?

        • At the beginning of August 2016, the organization refined and presented a platform that includes several sections, including: End the war on black people, Reparations, Invest/Divest, Economic Justice, Community Control and Political Power. The Invest/Divest section includes statements critical of the United States’ support of Israel. A wide political spectrum within the Jewish community found the following perspective particularly offensive:
          “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” Most Jewish organizations, right-wing to left, including those who have collaborated with the Black Lives Matter movement, were angered by these statements and for very good reason. The statement is distorted, false and incendiary. Several Jews of color have criticized the platform for being anti-Semitic. Rabbis across the political spectrum have denounced this statement as slanderous.

          Now, I personally do not give a tinker’s damn about Palestinian issue. I simply do not care. But I was just wondering your position….you gave it. Thanks.

          • Mathius says:

            “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”

            Sounds reasonable to me.

            “Genocide” might not be precisely the right word, but how ’bout “The Royal Fucking Over of Palestinians”?

            Jews, having the eternal insurmountable moral ground of victimhood which was conferred upon them in WWII, do not like it when people point out that they are not saints. They do not like it when people point out that they fail to live up to their own ideals. And they reallllly do not like it when people point out that some of the things Israel does in “self-defense” have some eerie similarities to the very victimization they had suffered previously.

            It goes against the narrative, you see. “No, we are the victims in all this! We just want to live in peace,” which is true as far as it goes… but we both know that’s not how far it does go. We know, for instance, that if Israel lets all those Palestinians back in and gives them the power to vote, Israel stops being a Jewish country… so we both know they aren’t going to let that happen. And we both know that they will do anything they feel they need to to stop it.

            Israel plays rough, and does what it feels it needs to win, and it wears its victimhood on its sleeve as a moral-shield – they don’t like that moral-shield being questioned by, you know, objective reality.

            —–

            As a Jew, I am, of course, sympathetic to the plight and tough-position of Israel. To the challenges it faces, and the enormous weight of history behind the idea of a Jewish homeland and the need thereof. I am aware that they are surrounded by hostile enemies who hate them only in part because of the things they do and much moreso because of who they are.

            I sympathize, I do. But I am… profoundly… disappointed in the nation and the permissiveness of its citizenry to all such behavior.

            We should be better than that.

            But I also understand and sympathize with a key point my Israeli uncle said to me once: It doesn’t matter if you have the moral high ground if your enemies have driven you into the sea.

          • Mathius says:

            (2nd attempt)

            “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”

            Sounds reasonable to me.

            “Genocide” might not be precisely the right word, but how ’bout “The Royal Fucking Over of Palestinians”?

            Jews, having the eternal insurmountable moral ground of victimhood which was conferred upon them in WWII, do not like it when people point out that they are not saints. They do not like it when people point out that they fail to live up to their own ideals. And they reallllly do not like it when people point out that some of the things Israel does in “self-defense” have some eerie similarities to the very victimization they had suffered previously.

            It goes against the narrative, you see. “No, we are the victims in all this! We just want to live in peace,” which is true as far as it goes… but we both know that’s not how far it does go. We know, for instance, that if Israel lets all those Palestinians back in and gives them the power to vote, Israel stops being a Jewish country… so we both know they aren’t going to let that happen. And we both know that they will do anything they feel they need to to stop it.

            Israel plays rough, and does what it feels it needs to win, and it wears its victimhood on its sleeve as a moral-shield – they don’t like that moral-shield being questioned by, you know, objective reality.

            —–

            As a Jew, I am, of course, sympathetic to the plight and tough-position of Israel. To the challenges it faces, and the enormous weight of history behind the idea of a Jewish homeland and the need thereof. I am aware that they are surrounded by hostile enemies who hate them only in part because of the things they do and much moreso because of who they are.

            I sympathize, I do. But I am… profoundly… disappointed in the nation and the permissiveness of its citizenry to all such behavior.

            We should be better than that.

            But I also understand and sympathize with a key point my Israeli uncle said to me once: It doesn’t matter if you have the moral high ground if your enemies have driven you into the sea.

          • Mathius says:

            (3rd attempt)

            “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”

            Sounds reasonable to me.

            “Genocide” might not be precisely the right word, but how ’bout “The Royal Fucking Over of Palestinians”?

            Jews, having the eternal insurmountable moral ground of victimhood which was conferred upon them in WWII, do not like it when people point out that they are not saints. They do not like it when people point out that they fail to live up to their own ideals. And they reallllly do not like it when people point out that some of the things Israel does in “self-defense” have some eerie similarities to the very victimization they had suffered previously.

            It goes against the narrative, you see. “No, we are the victims in all this! We just want to live in peace,” which is true as far as it goes… but we both know that’s not how far it does go. We know, for instance, that if Israel lets all those Palestinians back in and gives them the power to vote, Israel stops being a Jewish country… so we both know they aren’t going to let that happen. And we both know that they will do anything they feel they need to to stop it.

            Israel plays rough, and does what it feels it needs to win, and it wears its victimhood on its sleeve as a moral-shield – they don’t like that moral-shield being questioned by, you know, objective reality.

            —–

            As a Jew, I am, of course, sympathetic to the plight and tough-position of Israel. To the challenges it faces, and the enormous weight of history behind the idea of a Jewish homeland and the need thereof. I am aware that they are surrounded by hostile enemies who hate them only in part because of the things they do and much moreso because of who they are.

            I sympathize, I do. But I am… profoundly… disappointed in the nation and the permissiveness of its citizenry to all such behavior.

            We should be better than that.

            But I also understand and sympathize with a key point my Israeli uncle said to me once: It doesn’t matter if you have the moral high ground if your enemies have driven you into the sea.

          • Mathius says:

            (4th attempt.. in two parts)

            “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”

            Sounds reasonable to me.

            “Genocide” might not be precisely the right word, but how ’bout “The Royal Fucking Over of Palestinians”?

            Jews, having the eternal insurmountable moral ground of victimhood which was conferred upon them in WWII, do not like it when people point out that they are not saints. They do not like it when people point out that they fail to live up to their own ideals. And they reallllly do not like it when people point out that some of the things Israel does in “self-defense” have some eerie similarities to the very victimization they had suffered previously.

            It goes against the narrative, you see. “No, we are the victims in all this! We just want to live in peace,” which is true as far as it goes… but we both know that’s not how far it does go. We know, for instance, that if Israel lets all those Palestinians back in and gives them the power to vote, Israel stops being a Jewish country… so we both know they aren’t going to let that happen. And we both know that they will do anything they feel they need to to stop it.

            Israel plays rough, and does what it feels it needs to win, and it wears its victimhood on its sleeve as a moral-shield – they don’t like that moral-shield being questioned by, you know, objective reality.

          • Mathius says:

            Spam ate my reply again..

  41. Society is beginning to break down. I was just at Lowes and saw two different arguments between people that were not employees….I saw one lady in a very loud tirade about people in line not maintaining 6 feet…..and I saw two other people getting into an argument about which line to get in because the checkers have been reduced or did not show up for work.

  42. Mathius says:

    JAC – spam again!

  43. Housebound tonight. Still 86 freaking degrees at 9:45pm. Too hot for a fire. Work tomorrow at double time. Playing Nurse Rachet to my son who crashed a dirt bike Wednesday and ended up with a broken collar bone and a ton of road rash. Getting to the point…I’m enjoying the show from Mt Rushmore. Perfect place to celebrate Independence Day. The band just played the fight song(?) for each branch, including the first time ever for the Space Force. Marine One enroute. Protesters being met by NG. Oh and the best part…NO MASKS!

    ‘MERICA

  44. Have a happy Fourth

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