Dog Days of Summer


  1. There is some serious malarky going on around us!

  2. I do not like what I am seeing today. No one stopping the CDC from making law it does not have the authority to make.

    Border controlled by the Biden administration within the 1 kilometer zone…no virus checks and migrants being bused out in the middle of the night…airplanes, both commercial and private, being filled with migrants and flown off to non manifested destinations…..

    People from all over the world being flown into Mexico and using Mexican Government transportation to remote areas of the border never before used….

    Arm yourselves.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      Biden basically admitted telling the Supremes to “go F— themselves”. That has not been done since when?

      The following would seem appropriate:

      “I remember at Potsdam we got to discussing a matter in Eastern Poland, and it was remarked by the Prime Minister of Great Britain that the Pope would not be happy over that arrangement of that Catholic end of Poland.
      “And the Generalissimo, the Prime Minister of Russia, leaned on the table and he pulled his mustache like that (gesturing) and looked over at Mr. Churchill and said:
      “‘Mr. Churchill, Mr. Prime Minister, how many divisions did you say the Pope had?’”
      Harry S. Truman


    I am often impressed by the intelligence of some foreign leaders. I once heard an interview of Netanyahu that showed similar intelligence. I don’t know if it is the relaxed conversational style and the lack of political talking points or what. I know in Netanyahu’s case he had intimate detailed knowledge of the ME situation at his fingertips. I have heard Reagan and Goldwater talk in similar knowledgeable conversational styles. Trump could but could not suppress his boastfulness in the process.

  4. I our current administration smarter than the average 5th grader?

  5. The royals of old Europe were notorious for their inbreeding. Do we have aversion of that currently in DC and the media?

  6. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    How is the Cuomo thing being covered in your necks of the woods?

    It seems to me here, in the East to play out as a distraction from the beloved Tyrants absolute insult to the Supreme Court and Constitution.

  7. A country without borders is no longer a country with a common culture. It will revert to tribalism.

  8. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    Received from Junior who is now here in CONUS

    Looking for the Colonel’s input. He’s got more practical experience.


    Thanks. I will give it some thought … not much time to think about life after Fort Hood right now – just getting through this ordeal and keeping people on task and out of UCMJ trouble.

    To be honest, I was really looking forward to coming back and seeing you before school starts for the kids. Stephen is taking great pride in this itinerary: I gave him “initial planning guidance” and he ran with it – to include consulting the calendar himself.

    The living conditions here are deplorable – an absolute disgrace for Soldiers returning from an overseas deployment – positively demotivating. I couldn’t easily dream up a worse note to end a challenging deployment on.

    We are in a single barracks bay – men and women – PFC through LTC. There is only one bathroom and you can only imagine the friction that adds to the situation. We cannot go anywhere or do anything besides the barracks and the tent erected outside for us to eat (food delivered) and a gym tent. The outprocessing starts Monday so there is just three days of sitting and doing absolutely nothing. No one has the motivation to do anything either.

    Tough situation. People want to go home, many key leaders will be reassigned immediately after leaving here, and their OER/NCOERs are signed. Very little leverage from a leadership standpoint. Outside of the most extreme infractions, any threats are just idle ones.

    Some serious fraternization issues have emerged and that’s not pleasant: one of them involves a female NCO with TWO different men – a Captain and a SSG. Then there is another Captain and SSG who we learned were effectively co-habitating for the last five weeks of the mission. They were assigned to separate locations in Kuwait and he (the NCO) essentially abandoned his three Soldiers and threatened them with “consequences” if they told anyone. If we were still overseas, it would be clear: I would request a 15-6 investigation and there would be hell to pay. In this “gray zone” of demobilization, the tools at our disposal are limited and there seems to be no appetite from the active duty folks here to do anything since everything happened overseas.

    • Out of curiosity, you say this is 3 Corp at Fort Hood? I am there on a regular basis and have seen nothing like this, however, if appears that you are talking about the “purgatory” of being re-assigned from overseas. It sounds as if they have been brought back and had no space for them. Interesting…think I will look into it.

  9. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital said they have treated more cases of Respiratory Syncytial Disease, or RSV, in July than the first six months of 2021 combined.

    There have been a total of 303 RSV cases at the Knoxville hospital in the month of July, two more cases than reported in the first six months of 2021 combined.

    RSV is a contagious virus in children and can cause respiratory infections that can lead to more serious illnesses such as pneumonia. In June, the Centers for Disease Control issued a health advisory after seeing an increase in RSV cases across the southern United States.

    “Due to reduced circulation of RSV during the winter months of 2020–2021, older infants and toddlers might now be at increased risk of severe RSV-associated illness since they have likely not had typical levels of exposure to RSV during the past 15 months,” a release from the CDC said.

    We have still yet to see the full extent of the damage caused by our government’s disastrous lockdown policies.

  10. Expert Testimony

    • Try again. This is an MD in IND who is calling out the CDC and NIH for ignoring the real science.

      • Video not available, an examp!e of real time censorship. Shameful and dangerous, much more dangerous than alleged disinformation.

  11. Just A Citizen says:

    OK. Grab a drink and sit for awhile. Refreshing but concerning.

    • I think most people realize that experimental vaccines have a lot of “we don’t know” issues. It’s people acting like they don’t that drives me crazy. Why is this political? I don’t understand why this became based on politics, instead of Medicine. Money, is it that simple and disgusting.

  12. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Governor Abbott and the Texas legislature, instead of issuing arrest warrants for the absent Democrats, which a judge has now stayer, should declare those legislators seats vacated and hold an immediate special election.

    • That is a weapon yet to be employed. These defections are nothing new. The Texas Democrats have pulled this before. And we just do the same thing….keep calling special sessions….the bills will be passed before the end of the year.

      The media will not report it but they have stepped on their proverbial “man part”. The attitude towards them here is not one of warrior… one is looked as at something of a martyr at all. The local newspapers and radio are ripping them apart. Even Washington wants them out.

      The stay is for two weeks to give the judge time to look at it in depth…..I think the stay will be lifted and things will progress. The rules have allowed them to be arrested before….arrested meaning that they are brought to the special session.

  13. Just A Citizen says:
  14. Ted Kennedy has been sober for 12 years. Go figure.

  15. Just A Citizen says:
  16. Just A Citizen says:

    So now we have moved to the place where having rabid advocates “tailor, the science is a GOOD THING because we just can’t wait for the real science. This person’s comments were used by national media to support the idea that climate change has caused our high temps this summer. But silence on our cool temps last summer.

    Kind of an odd name this “attribution science”. Since when is massaging statistics a real science?

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      In Stalinist Russia it was very common.

    • Science used to test hypotheses, now it’s based on assumptions.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      When the Russians asked the University in the UK which were compiling global temperature data sent by countries “Where did our data get plotted in the charts? The analysis “scientists” said “We did not use it. Your results did not fit the model”

  17. Just A Citizen says:

    Very interesting with some good data to use against the “P”rogressive thinking running loose today.

    • “First, economists from the Tax Foundation examined IRS data and found “that more than 80 percent of taxpayers who claim dividend income earn less than $100,000 and 76.4 percent of those who claim capital gains earn less than $100,000.” This shows that the burden of the capital gains tax falls on the middle class.”
      A little confused, why would mostly middle-class pay capital gains? I can see that selling capital assets for businesses would be slowed down but they still have to pay them when they do sell.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        Great question but we don’t have enough data to find a definitive answer.

        But consider these things. First, “reporting” Capital Gains is NOT “paying” a Cap. Gains tax. You report the gain on selling your house but the first half million is not taxed. Probably more than that now, I haven’t looked at the new rules.

        Also, ever sale of stock in a 401K or other such investment accounts is reported as a Capital Gain if you profit and if held long enough. So I am thinkin there are a lot of “middle income” folks who have to report Cap Gains from Mutual Funds and other such investments.

  18. Just A Citizen says:

    Yep. That is what has happened. Now for those who were so blissful not long ago, how are those Trump SCOTUS appointments working out for ya? If elected I promise the Federalist Society will not be allowed on the White House grounds.

  19. Just A Citizen says:

    Pressure is mounting to get FDA approval of the Covid mRNA vaccines. Why? Because nobody can FORCE people to take an experimental drug. Per federal law, supposedly.

    So what short cuts in the testing or what data will be deleted as unfortunate anomalies with this “pressure”.

    • The way this is being pushed, I don’t have any faith in the Federal Gov’t. Or any other govt for that matter.
      This crap will drag on and on until enough people so NO.

      • Daniel Ellsberg cracked open the door on government lies. It has been nonstop since then. It got worse under Obama as the we could see the corruption in the DOJ and IRS. In Trump years it extended into the intelligence services (probably always corrupt), the FBI and other agencies. Now it is in the NIH and CDC. What is so fantastic is the corruption is so blatantly obvious. Their pronouncements do not match wast we see with our own eyes. Mostly peaceful protests, the border is not open, kids are not in cages, Trump stole the election because Russia spent a couple of $100K on FB ads while Biden’s election was pure as the driven snow. But we dare not say anything or the censure Gestapo will come and take us away.

        Cuomo down, Newsom is on the ropes, Pelosi is considering stepping down. Who’s next?

        • A lot of those in DC need to be charged with everything possible, tried and sent to a tent prison in the desert. For Life.

  20. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Ongoing recalls have gained a noteworthy amount of attention and increased concerns among healthcare providers and the patients they treat. The KHN report states that from January 2013 to October 2018, almost 8,000 medications were recalled by pharmaceutical companies across the United States and abroad.Sep 17, 2019

  21. Dale A Albrecht says:
  22. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Just reading a report out of Kabul. Marines going in to prevent the over running of the US Embassy until they’re evacuated. Trying to get assurances from the Taliban

    I had thought the original exercise there was to get Al Queda and Bin Laden. And subsequently having read our dear Colonels report that Special Forces during Tora Bora had Bin Laden in their sights and were DENIED the shot. Then took another ten years to drop his ass having been protected by an ALLEGED ally in the war against terror.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      How many trillions of dollars and lives have now been wasted.

      And not including Iraq. And destruction of Syria and Libya.


      What the hell is this, the embassy is gonna remain open? History repeating itself, recent history no less, seems inevitable.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Yeah…telling Americans across Afghanistan to get the hell out. Find a way.

        Embassy to remain open….but scaled back. Kind of reminds me of the Embassy takeover in Tehran in January 1979 when the Shah abdicated. The Marines defended the embassy, but stopped with all the Iranians killed. The personnel were held for a few days until a flight of Turkish planes flew in and took them out, with the admonition “Get the hell out” now technically the State dept says we never closed,. But the US embassy was closed and we had diplomatic missions in either the Swiss or Canadian embassy. I dont remember which.
        Fast forward to the deliberate policy of Carter and Brezinski sent Khomenei to Iran to establish a wild religious state to derail the russian invasion of afghanistan.
        We listened to Khomenei’s far reaching goals DESTROY ISRAEL. All sorts of other threats which I’ll not go into but instigated the Iran iraq war. Genicide of Kurds, syria etc. With all these threats against americans also CARTER reestablished the Embassy in Tehran full of spooks etc. I read the request to Marine commanders for volunteers to guard the Embassy in July/August of ’79..there was a little footnote at the bottom of the request….”if attacked, the embassy marines were NOT to defend the Embassy.

        Embassy opened immediately taken with the hostage “crisis” totally preventable.
        Carter was a disaster and on his way out. But the MSM was headlining “No President has lost an election in the time of crisis”

        • And the big winner will be China.

          • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

            Well, while they are NOT known for being warm and fuzzy, neither were the Russians,. Let us all see how well they get along with the Afghan warlords.

            “Afghanistan” the place where empires go to get buried.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        The embassy now has ceased operations.

  23. Just A Citizen says:

    Wish I could vote in Missouri. This guy rocks with his answer about mandatory vaccinations.

  24. Just A Citizen says:

    Yep, no TYRRANY in the Courts. Nope, nada, zilch. Comey Barrett. Remind me, who appointed her to the Court?

    Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of a Chicago-based federal appeals court declined to block the school’s policy while an appeal plays out. The panel relied heavily on the Supreme Court’s landmark 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, which held that constitutional rights can be lawfully curtailed when emergency public health measures are in place.

  25. Just A Citizen says:

    More and more the elite are found to have no clothes. If only “journalism” wasn’t dead. We might see more of them exposed for what they are.

    • I’ve lived here 29 years now on the same piece of dirt. In that time PG&E has done only minor tree trimming. In one storm a branch came down on the lines in front of the house and shut us down. Over the years we have had several power failures including multiple days without electricity. The last 3 years it has become more frequent as they started the preventative shutdowns. This year PG&E came through and trimmed the trees. I call it the 30 year trim as they took many trees off at the ground level. I lost about 8 oak trees several of which were not threatening the power lines. They also did pole maintenance.

      They spent significant time surveying the site before trimming. Multiple days of a two man crew looking at the trees. I would guess they took over 2 hours per tree just on my property to figure out which ones to take. I will say they did a good clean up job. I’ve gotten all the firewood they left cut and split but my neighbors still have large piles to deal with. Their crews spent at least 5 days just trimming trees on my property, about 4 weeks and multiple crews for the whole road which is only a 1/2 mile long. They did not trim any trees from the 220V lines going to houses, only along the road and the high voltage lines.

      I have a half dozen other oaks that are dead from the drought. I’ve taken down a couple of them but need to go after the others before winter. I have lots of fire wood now and a pile of wood chips.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Heck my power company came to the house for a different reason. Noticed the power lines were above ground still. They buried them and reran the feeds into the house NO CHARGE. Took one day and only dug two small holes. One by the road and the other at the foundation.
        Historical homes. The streets are lined with those huge ancient oaks that canopy the roads. Storms do create problems, so the city is burying everything.

  26. Just A Citizen says:

    Shout it to the rafters, no SCREAM it at the top of your lungs.

    PS: The fundamental difference between socialism and Fascism is Globalism vs. Nationalism. Remember, Fascism is Socialism imposed by Nationalists.

    Unfortunately, this fact allows the “L”eft to mischaracterize those wanting freedom and greater support of National identity or prosperity. They are lying trolls, nothing more and much less.

  27. Just A Citizen says:

    I totally AGREE that SCOTUS failed us. But I do put some of that blame on Congress as it passes the laws which outline how the Court should handle certain things. We do not want the Court deciding what it views as its authority outside Constitutional limits.

  28. Just A Citizen says:

    OK, time for me to pop off on at least one COVID point.

    First, the background:

    Now the popping off part. Our family was deathly ill back in late Feb early March of 2020. Our Doc suspected Covid but told us to delay testing until the tests were updated and made more accurate. Her comment was they were not very useful. Remember, this is when the Dems and MSM were beating up Trump for “not testing everyone”. Well a few months later my wife had her more accurate anti-body test done. Negative. She had ZERO Covid anti-bodies in her system. Whatever we had was awful and caused her pneumonia. Both of us were laid up for weeks. Lil JAC bounced right back after a week.

    Soooooooooo. If the anti-body tests are accurate why can’t people just get that test and if positive, be able to avoid the vaccination? Why can’t proof of a positive anti-body test be used to satisfy these Totalitarian Dictators need for “proof”?

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Along those lines…with the FDA’s recall of the covid testing kits because it couldnt tell the difference between covid or the flu. Plus, I’m sure the FDA will approve the vaccines, not just as an experimental drug, will they also lift the immunity from damages theyve been so generously given.

      Over the years the FDA has withdrawn over 8000 drugs after they approved them. When negative side affects became absolutely undeniable. Will employers become liable for any damages after forcing vaccination or face dismissal. Isnt that cohersion.?

      • Just A Citizen says:


        My crystal ball shows me that those who are damaged and/or die from the vaccine affects will simply be declared “collateral damage” in the WAR AGAINST COVID.

        Note: It is the PCR or rapid test that has failed. And yes that makes fools of those howling back in 2020 but don’t expect them to admit their ignorance. I was referring to the anti-body test which requires blood to be drawn.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Theyve been all over the world been blaming the person for the damage done to them by the vaccine.. not the vaccine. It’s your fault you did not tell us you had this or that medical issue. Are they giving you the most comprehensive medical exam ever NO. Do people know they might have this ir that medical issue.NO.

          New York has been all over the orthodox for refusing vaccination in the past. It’s now just been rolled out globally

    • As for the “show me” issue with the totalitarians, I will simple say NO. I will not allow this in my life, period. I will not be treated like the Jews were treated by the NAZI’s, prior to the death camps.

  29. Just A Citizen says:

    Confirming once again that if you believe in nothing you will believe in anything.

    We are to believe that this leftist converted to a Trump supporter, literally overnight. Me thinks she still has not escaped the rabbit hole.

  30. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I’ve met the physical requirements to go skydiving..
    I visited a club yesterday on the coast, watched and asked questions.
    Jump date is scheduled, weather permitting, 0900 Friday Aug 27.

    • If the planes name is Grace, then you will fall from Grace.

    • You will love it……

      Is it a tandem jump?

      • Dale A Albrecht says:


      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Doing this has been a challenge issued to me by a friend. She said let’s do this as soon as you meet the requirements. She said I have to update my adventure stories.
        She had survived in alternate years one tour in Afghanistan, one in Iraq and two in the gulf on Army supply ships. After her last deployment she changed her MOS to one that would make middle east deployments less likely. Moved to Colorado. We were discussing my travel there and possible relocation when she was murdered.
        So I’m continuing on and checking off all the things we had planned to do.

  31. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Yesterday I was told an old friend from school has died from Covid. Peter Marshall’s younger son David. Artist and active surfer in Hawaii.

    In the spring of ’69, three couples went out to dinner in Calabasas. 3 out of the 6 people are no longer with us. One murdered years ago, my date. Niece of Actor Richard Chamberlain. Alan Wyatt died about 9 years ago. He gained stuntman fame with “General” and now David from not getting to the hospital in a timely manner believing he had the flu.

  32. Dale A Albrecht says:

    According to the obviously unbiased media, the bike rally in Sturgis is a super-spreader and the Lalapaluzza in Chicago, and Obama’s 3 day birthday bash and other closed innevets in NYC as an example are not. OH but they had a green pass etc. Yet dafa from all over the world is showing fully vaccinated can still get and transmit the virus.
    Smart virus.

  33. Just A Citizen says:

    It sure is interesting to see the DNC/MSM machine try to knee cap Gov. DeSantis so early in the next election cycle. Their internal polling must not look good for them given this much effort to take him out.

  34. Stephen K. Trynosky says:
  35. Dale A Albrecht says:

    “NO POLITICIAN who supports and advocates gun control and defunding police, should not have ARMED protection paid for by those they’re trying to DISARM

  36. Just A Citizen says:

    Bye the way, did anyone else see the highlights of the Field of Dreams Game between Yankess and White Sox? It was awesome.

    • I saw the replay of Kostner leading the teams out through the corn. Nice touch. I though they did a good job on the stadium using old barn siding. I would like to see some local rivalry games, STL vs Cubs; Twins vs KC, etc.

  37. In anticipation of the need, I am starting a new company called: Headsup. Our first product will be a high tech microprocessor controlled Guillotine. It will be linked to the internet and will allow viewers to vote heads up or down. Shares are now on sale. I am taking orders.

  38. I’ve been asleep for 45 years and just woke up. Nothing has changed. OPEC still controls the pumps, helicopters are evacuating people from our embassy, inflation is rampant, China is red, Russia is a problem, race riots in our streets, foreign wars end badly, our southern boarder is open to all, Jimmyjoe is in the WH,….. I’m going back to sleep.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      Apt description!

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      The story of Rip van Winkle kept us kids in the Catskills from wandering off alone in the woods. There always was a gang of us. T-storm coming up the Hudson used to terrify me for the same reason. I could never sleep until the storm was gone

  39. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Obviously the Saigon skedaddle comes to mind. Forgotten is Phnom Peng when we abandoned the Cambodians to the gentle mercy’s of the Khmer Rouge. While the world wrung their hands with the genocide being wrought. It took the Vietnamese to put an end to it. However both the UN and Carter later argued that the Khmer Rouge had a legitimate role in the government and should be permitted.
    I remember the Pentagon ordering the escort ships to TURN OFF their self defence guns. I remember the pentagon ordering the Marines on guard in Beirut to have unloaded weapons and their magazines away from their guard post, so nobody would get hurt. Obama abandoned S Yemen also. Did a skedaddle al Queda took over. Then the admin went after the Saudis for attacking al queda. Kerry and Obama threatened Egypt unless they reinstated the Islamic Brotherhood. The abandonment of Iraq. The Mubarack must go, assad must go. Gaddafi must go. All leading to massive refugee problems that are still going on. Causing millions of human suffering by having their homes and livelihoods destroyed. Ukraine is divided

  40. Dale A Albrecht says:
  41. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    Who says the Taliban have no sense of History?

    August 15th 1945, Japan surrenders, WW 2 ends and the US and her allies are victorious over the most powerful evil seen to date on the planet.
    August 15th 2021, Kabul surrenders, The US and its allies are soundly thumped by a second rate, backward 7th Century group of ragamuffins.

    If I were Taiwan, I would worry tonight, worry mightily!

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Pray for a “Devine Wind” sure as hell both Taiwan and Japan are in jeopardy. Along with every other country surrounding the South China Sea.

  42. Dale A Albrecht says:

    And a message from the big guy…”Shelter in place” to those people still in Afghanistan.

    That’ll do some good. Wear a mask also.

  43. Not my story but worth repeating:

    When I was in 7th grade, our teacher put on a video and told us to take notes. Ten minutes in, she threw the lights on and shouted at Steven Webb Sladki, telling him he wasn’t taking notes and he should have been, But the thing was, Steve was taking notes. I saw it. We all saw it. The teacher asked if anyone wanted to stand up for Steve. A few of us choked out some words of defence but were immediately squashed. Quickly, we were all very silent. Steve was sent to the principal’s office. The teacher came back into the room and said something like “See how easy that was?” We were reading “Anne Frank.” I started to understand. I jut thought now was a time to share this story. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that what you see with your own eyes isn’t happening.

    • I don’t usually believe in DeJaVu………but, as a veteran that saw this happen 50 years ago, it is just like it was yesterday. I feel very concerned about all the Afghan Vets that have to endure yet another war lost! Not lost on the battle field…no one can beat us on the battle field….but lost at the hands of the politicians. Politicians who play with people’s lives.

      The Afghan Vet is going to have to live through the same thing that the Vietnam Vets had to live through. The ridicule and the mockery of “you lost”. There is nothing further from the truth but the fact remains…it is the Vet that will suffer.

      However, one lesson learned from Vietnam, I do not think we will see the same ridicule of Veterans coming home to crowds of jeering shitheads throwing all kind of things and shouting all kinds of slurs. But they will come home with the sense of guilt and will have to live with it.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        The VA was quick getting a message out to start talking and help lines with the fiasco in Afghanistan. Heading up with the question veterans are asking “was it worth it”?

        One of these days there’ll be a war given and nobody will show up.

  44. Whatsamatter with you guys? Can’t hold it down for 5 simple days without me? I’ve had my hands full over here, ok? I can’t watch the world 24/7. Story time.

    Had a (what I thought as I worked) nice summer storm roll through last Wednesday. Our building loses power for no good reason usually. This time the building remained fine. As I got closer to home I first saw green leaves blown all over, then maybe a limb down in a yard, then traffic lights were out, then a full grown tree was cracked at the base and down. More traffic lights out. Then I see my dollar store has no power and I had no fresh Mt Dew, which pissed me off! But right near my place there was power. Cool! Got in the house, starving, heated up my dinner which I cooked that morning. As I was eating, on a beautiful evening, my power went out, AND STAYED OUT TIL LAST NIGHT! But that’s only the beginning, because I’m usually up for the challenge and I actually love the darkness and quietness.

    Son’s girlfriend was in a bad accident a few weeks back. Couple broken arms and an ankle, surgery, rehab and she finally got to go home. So he’d just started spending some overnights there to help care for her. So I turned into his dog sitter. First night in the dark, the dogs decide to pick a fight with a skunk! They both came running to me…smelling like sour I don’t know what. Called my son, told him to get home immediately with some tomato juice. So at midnight we finally had 2 clean dogs.

    Went to work Thursday and had the worst day ever there, to the point of me and my co worker walking off the job – after I gave management a piece of my mind! (neither of our jobs were in jeopardy since we both had time in the bank). Got home all pissed off and thats when the generator noise started and didn’t quit. Sat outside in 85* heat in the dark with a friend. Friend takes off and I stayed outside with the dogs. Welp! Skunk comes back and IT WAS ON with the dogs not 3 feet from me!! I lost my mind!

    My plan was to leave the dogs outside while I went to gather my stuff to leave the premises and call my son home once again. Obviously, I didnt shut the door completely and was only three steps in when the damn dog pushed the door open and slipped by me. OMG! I was livid. That dog hid in any nook or cranny she could find as I begged and begged her to get out! It was a losing battle, and the whole time my house is smelling more and more like skunk. I was defeated and slumped at my kitchen table and just bawled. 😆 I got my keys and was out of there. Get outside and see skunk spray all over…I mean ALL OVER my parking area and smelled sooo bad! So while I was chasing dog #1 in the house, dog #2 was holding down the fight outside!! Grabbed the hose to spray the area down and thats when son pulled up and I bailed! Drove around a while looking at darkness around the city and ended up at the same friend’s house who had been over just 1/2 hr ago. He let me blow off steam for an hour and I went back home. But I couldn’t say in the house because it smelled so bad. So I slept off and on in my car through an intense lightning storm for most of the night. I survived that night, no problem.

    Decided to go to work the next morning to follow up with an operations manager about what happened and who failed the previous day. I didn’t know this guy at all since it wasn’t my shift…and he couldn’t have cared less about what I was saying. But I also had the ear of an area manager who was very into what I was saying and promised follow up. She also granted me excused time for that day to deal with…my deep freeze which was now thawing my food preps!! UGH! Worked that problem out and was just in wait mode for the power to come back on. Had A a helluva bbq that day with what I saved and was able to keep that cool in a cooler. Friends offered up spare freezer space for what I could save.

    We were able to come across 3 live traps to solve the skunk problem. No luck the first night. Thought maybe we had luck last night because I smelled skunk very strong at 3:30am, but no luck . Thankfully power came back on last night. What a trip! And yes, I do have a generator, but it hadn’t been run in at least a couple years since two of my handy men buddies have died in that time, the gas smelled rank, and I never expected the power to be out that long. So that was poor preparedness on my part. But damn! I had skunks to worry about. But I got time now and will get that thing in good shape.

    Its finally cooled down here too. 79* yesterday and overcast and cool today. I’m off for two days and a nap sounds pretty darn good right now.. I think you guys can handle it til I get back. But my luck they’re gonna start rounding us deplorables up while I sleep for being domestic terror threats. JAC, I hope you didn’t take the keys from that FEMA camp.

    • Quite a story. Lead poisoning works for skunks.

    • Wow, you had a hell of a time. Someday you’ll look back and laugh about. Yogis stopped by at 8:30 last night and took down the feeder. I’ll leave it down cuz he might come back tonight, like he did in the Spring. He proceeded to destroy a bird feeder and metal hangers at neighbors.
      Smile, at least you’re not Joe Biden.

      • Already had some good laughs about it. Son and I were thinking back about dog #1 who I was chasing. The biggest sissy of a pit bull that I’ve ever seen. The whole time she had to have been thinking ‘are you kidding me right now? Got sprayed two nights in a row and you want me back out there? No f’n way’ 😆 Right before I slumped at the table I did try to grab her by the scruff of her neck and drag her out. She screwed and gorilla glued herself to the floor. I couldn’t budge her at all. Man, flashbacks as I’m typing here…

    • Can I have the movie rights?

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Anita my dear.

      I still hold the keys and I have space available for any of you traitors on the run. 🙂

      • I see what you did there! BOLO for a wandering traitor coming in hot. Special request for an electrified perimeter to keep the skunks and other varmints out.

        I’m still on the hunt for skunks here.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      “If life is a bowl of cherries, how come I’m always in the pits”🙂

  45. Who thinks that what is happening with Afghanistan is planned?

    Did Biden and the Crats sell out Taiwan and this is just the beginning?

    What a cluster….

  46. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Stephen…..what ever became of those election fraud cases in NJ from the spring and early summer last year.?

    Kind of got lost in the storm of covid

  47. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Well the Chinese are telling Taiwan the US will not help them. And anyone who interferes will get their heads bloodied.

    Let’s see how long China’s economy will last if western Europe and the US fire up their manufacturing plants and scale back the regulations our progressive governments have imposed.

    • Boy are we screwed. I just learned that in the photo of Biden in the Camp David SitRoom looking at the big screen, the clocks above are wrong. The London-Moscow time difference is off by 1 hr and does not reflect the change in London to daylight savings time. So the photo was taken in March or earlier.

      As for Afghanistan, Anybody with common knowledge knew that the Taliban were going to return after we left. Now if us yokels out here in the boondocks understand that how do the geniuses in DC not understand it and plan for it? How could we be caught with hundreds to thousands of US citizens still in country? Absolute sheer incompetence.

      We already have a shortage of electronic components crimping manufacturing in this country. Since nearly everything now days uses microprocessors, our manufacturing will come to a halt until we can ramp up chip production here. That will take months to years. Mostly we only produce prototype chip manufacturing here. Both Taiwan and China are major suppliers. Some chips come from Malaysia and some from Mexico. We should be moving these capabilities back on shore now.

      I am advancing production of Guillotines. I am also having the engineers redesign the device w/o electronics. A simple trip lever will do.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        In semiconductors we were the best. IBM in the early 90’s was the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world. Everything in this hemisphere was made here. Everything sold in Asia was made in Japan everything sold in Europe made in France and Germany. We were 2X bigger than the largest Japanese producer. We were 6X larger than Intel.

        Our inventions, designs and manufacturing saved Apple.
        The division got sold about 11 years ago. Sold is not the right word. IBM paid a foreign company owned in Qatar to take the division. Just under $1 billion. They stopped investing in the business by 1994 and let it wither.

        AMD and Intel even have stopped most production and fabricate via a 3rd party.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          I worked for 15 years and ran 3 laboratories in IBM’s semiconductor business. You could see the writing on the wall by ’94.

    • Everyone should listen to the video, I had this ready to post when I saw you had posted it. 😀 I really want to know everyone thoughts about this, it really made me think hard about this situation. I find that it is people like these that are actual refugees, who fit our definition of who should be allowed to come here. I also realize the danger that some of them might create. But they also create a moral obligation, that we shouldn’t ignore.

      • Most of the migrants across our southern border are coming for economic reasons. The are not legitimate refugees from pestilence, war, religious persecution etc. Domestic violence, poverty, crime, etc. do not qualify one for refugee status. Those coming from Afghanistan, however, do qualify due to the war and religious persecution aspects. I heard last night that we had 10K US citizens in country. As the video says there are 86K Afghans that need evacuation. That is a lot of people to move by plane.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        Yes, we should bring as many as we can. But HOW would we deal with that influx? Given the Govt’s failure I have no confidence we would do it in a manner that actually helped them or the USA. I see large communities of Afghans living like they did before within our cities. Because nobody will take the time or spend the money to help them assimilate.

        Once the left realizes that they are actually “Caucasians” and not POC they will abandon the idea.

        • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

          What I have seen is a whole lot of single military age men lined up. Now, are they all “interpreters” or are they what used to be called “Saigon Cowboys”? We need THAT like another hole in the head.

  48. Dale A Albrecht says:

    There still has been no meaningful explanation for three state of the art Arleigh Burke destroyers go DEAD IN THE WATER and not be able to maneuver. With two being rammed amidships by slow freighters. Navy says on those two, bad seamanship. Yeah right. Everybody was asleep and stoned. But the first one was in the Black Sea. A destroyer went DIW when a Russian plane circled it. When the plane left the ship was able to move again.

    Everything is so automated and wireless and low crewed. Jamming electronic devices and their signals is easy. ECM.

    All semiconductors for government use used to be manufactured 100% in fabricators in the US. All software also. Now its foundries out and much of the software is over the counter.

    Before I retired we partnered with IBM on software to run our systems. The State Contracts developed by IBM were garbage. The programmers were contractors not employees. They were temps. They didnt give a shit.

    The Colonel can attest to the garbage IBM produced for the State of TX. Resulting in massuve breach of contract lawsuits.

    • What brain dead moron thought you could run a warship on WiFi and a few billion diodes? This is permeating all of industry. Refineries are installing WiFi all over their plants because it is cheaper than running conduit and wire.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Besides these are warships that do not have the manpower to fight and do battle damage at the same time.

        If the government is no longer making the microprocessors with millions of circuits and millions of lines of code can they possibly believe some Hidden circuits and malware is not buried in there somewhere?

        When I was building warships 41 years ago we still ran cable. Still had a full complement. And now with remaining crews 1/3 do not have the strength.

        Several years ago I was talking to the base historian at Havelock. She was a dinner guest at my parents house. She said at the time 1/3 of the women on Navy ships do not complete a deployment.

        At my 1st permanent duty station 100% of the women got out early due to pregnancy. At my 2nd one only one served her full duty. In my group. The rest had to be compensated for in one way or another.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Besides they cant afford the ammunition

  49. Just A Citizen says:
  50. Just A Citizen says:

    Oh me, oh my. Will it ever be possible to destroy the censorship and left wing hold on social media? Today I think it may happen as they get to full of themselves and push just one step to far.

  51. Just A Citizen says:

    Morning thought. How do you make sure that the Republicans will not impeach the empty suit you put forth for POTUS?

    You install Kamal Harris as VP and Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.

  52. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I was just thinking about how the “Privy Council” got its name.

    Now the journalists and their media moguls want the government to get them out of Afghanistan.

    You got Biden elected by wiping his ass for decades and covering up his stinking chamber pot.

  53. Dale A Albrecht says:

    So Kamala Harris is to busy thinking about Haiti. What about the human disaster you and Joe have created right here.

  54. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Just suppose the majority of the Afghan army were just Taliban with different uniforms. Never intended to fight once we left. Collect the pay, weapons training free weapons

    Just like in the movie “The Dirty Dozen” switched arm bands as it suited them

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Just like Obama, Biden and kerry vetted and armed ISIS

      • All the meddling we have done in the ME has only made things worse. We need to rein in the CIA and use them only for collecting information. Even then they fail.

  55. Been canning peaches the last few days. Got 18 jars of jelly and 9 qts of peaches. Woke to heavy smoke this am. Had to shut up the house. The Caldor fire is about 35 mi SE of here but is grown to about 6500 acres. Still a small fire but I see the evacuation zone has moved north of the South Fork of the American River. The fire is in the Consumnes River Valley so that means all the land between the rivers is being evacuated. We are safe for now.

    • Hang in there. Been watching some youngins building skoolies out for bus life in Oregon. Smoke is all around there too. They were painting yesterday when a fire broke out directly across the street from them. They showed 3 helos come in and douse that fire real quick. Pretty cool but very scary. Stay safe out there.

  56. Shelter in Place………..definition: Wait right there the Taliban will be with you shortly.

  57. he U.S. has no plans to evacuate Americans in Afghanistan who are located outside Kabul, according to a report Tuesday. Jimmy Carter 2.0

    • But, but… This is America, the cavalry always comes to the rescue in the second reel. The Iranians only captured 400 hundred Americans. The Taliban could capture 10K. What fricking nightmare. Another Bataan death march?

      We could at least blow up the Black Hawks.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      The correct phrase based on the briefing this morning was “They have no plans to extract or rescue any Americans outside the perimeter of the Kabul Airport”

      Remember they told them to “Shelter in place”

      If this doesn’t get the Biden administration from top to bottom impeached I dont know what can.

      Maybe this will truly light the fire under the audits and get this election tossed out and Trump declared the winner

  58. Wonder what is taking China so long to move into Taiwan…..They are sure missing an opportunity.

    • I just tried to find our carrier locations. One is in Yokohama, one near HI, and one in the Persian Gulf. All others are in home ports. Taiwan is a sitting duck.

      • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

        The carriers are sitting ducks. The days of carrier warfare are pretty much over with hypersonic missiles and drone swarms.

  59. What a total disgrace Biden is. He has abandoned 10K+ Americans in harms way. Yet the same person is pushing vaccines. What a ClusterF()k.

  60. I have just been briefed on the weaponry that was captured by the Taliban. The amount of ammunition that has been captured. In the next two days, we will have a detailed list of weaponry to be on the lookout for on our borders. Keep you posted.

  61. Now, we have done it…..the US has sent a strongly worded letter to the Taliban that they had better not abuse any women. That will scare them.

    • Can anything be done now to reverse these actions. All the articles I’ve read talk about the total screw up but nothing about what should be done Now.

      • Yes, but I doubt that anyone here or in the US wants to put the effort. There is only one way to stop this. Inform the Taliban that they have 30 days to transport for evacuation of all US personnel. If not, then we go in and annihilate the entire mess…..scorched earth….non nuclear. Take no prisoners…incarcerate none and prepare to remain in country forever and run the government. If Pakistan intervenes, take them out…missile silos first because they have nukes….If China intervenes shut them off economically….do not pay your debts to China. Pull all business from China…..isolate them economically. (But, no one wants to do this because everyone wants the cheap stuff). We are the biggest hypocrites in the world….we abhor their human rights, they do not support gender equality, homosexuality is punishable by death by stoning….but we buy their products.

        In addition to taking out Afghanistan, go into Iran and eliminate their nuclear capability. Turn the Israelis loose on Lebanon…..

        Throw Biden out and become energy independent again and send the oil rigs of the Saudis into oblivion….take out the oil fields of the Russians and take over the southern deep water ports.

        Short of all of this…their is not much we can do.

        • Now, call me a war monger if you wish but you asked the question….I gave you an answer.

          • I would never call you a war mongar, because I know you hate war. But your answer is very depressing.Is the only way to make this better, starting WWlll?

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Sir….I’ve watched the plan fully detailed by Khomenei unfold since July 1979. Iran itself couldnt pull it off with our under the table weapons aid though we were the alleged great satan. So we went in and have systematically been taking out the countries that stood between themselves and Israel.

          The sentence that Khomenei flat out said when asked by the French Journalist from Le Monde. Aren’t you worried that the US won’t let it go that far so you can destroy Israel. Khomenei said “The US will not interfere.

          Which brings us to Taiwan. Only one battle group in the pacific after all the very direct threats by China against Tauwan, Japan and all the countries surrounding the S China Seas. Pray for another “Divine Wind”

          Even back in the 70’s and the embargoes which didnt affect me at all I used to say we need to make the Middle East irrelevant. Turn it back until a sand dunes. Oil was Gods joke on the world. Putting so much in the hands of sheep f**king goat herders.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      How about that old idea of seeding some ammo with C-4? I am sure we can still insert some more stuff.

  62. 10K Americans left behind and the MSM is going to be all over this…….

    Because, maybe, the next Covid lockdown is coming and 10K Americans trapped is a great distraction and make the lockdown seem like nothing compared to those in Afghanistan. Why I say this? Ohio hospitals have stopped visitation. Mask BS is being pushed. Not enough people are taking the jab. They will shut it down to get this vax in arms.

  63. Dale A Albrecht says:
  64. Dale A Albrecht says:
  65. I’m in jail, under Vicki, not V.H., Messed up, please let me out.

  66. Dale A Albrecht says:

    This is the text of the FB link that wouldn’t open for everyone

    After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a “gripe sheet” which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

    Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (“P”) and solutions recorded (“S”) by maintenance engineers:

    P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
    S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

    P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
    S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

    P: Something loose in cockpit
    S: Something tightened in cockpit

    P: Dead bugs on windshield.
    S: Live bugs on back-order.

    P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent
    S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

    P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
    S: Evidence removed.

    P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
    S: DME volume set to more believable level.

    P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
    S: That’s what friction locks are for.

    P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
    S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

    P: Suspected crack in windshield.
    S: Suspect you’re right.

    P: Number 3 engine missing.
    S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

    P: Aircraft handles funny.
    S: Aircraft warned to: straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

    P: Target radar hums.
    S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

    P: Mouse in cockpit.
    S: Cat installed.

    P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
    S: Took hammer away from midget

    • And to throw in a tidbit from Murphy’s Law……………”Remember, your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.”

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Yes, and they make up the losses by service upgrades and parts replacements.

        Just think of all the weapons and equipment needing replacing after beating feet out of Iraq and Afghanistan. I guess they were considered ar EOL from their heavy use for the past 20 years.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        My 1st boss in the corporate world had worked at Packard Bell. He said they made all their money on the later replacement parts, tech manuals etc.

        My Father worked for IBM and for close ti 20 years with FSD, Federal Systems Division. Space, Military and Spook stuff. The last contract he bid on was for approx $750 M. All software related. Lockheed’s bid was 1/2 that. Not only was software not their ballywick. Theyd have to sub it out, there was no way on Gods green earth they could do it. Sure they could do about 1/2. But they were back then notorious for underbidding to get the contract then come back later pleading for more money. Saying weve come so far on it, itd be a waste to have someone start over. Congress and the Pentagon had had enough of them and gave the contract to IBM and subsequently Lockheed filed for bankruptcy. Then bailed out. Sure they make some cool shit but the F-22 was to expensive to buy many. The F-35 is still working out its bugs after 15-20 years and not fully operational. Expensive as all get out. Cant be used in ground support. Minimal weapons load, slow, VSTOL versions so they are if very limited range

        Great…just wait for the next one, itll be so cool 30 years from now.

        Next gen destroyers $2-4 billion are so huge which cares if theyr stealthy. I think our ENEMIES have satellites and can watch them leave port and system so expensive they’re unaffordable…but wait we’re developing the rail gun…10 years. In the mean time…pray and bend over and kiss your ass goodbye….

  67. Just A Citizen says:

    FRUSTRATED beyond the limit today. I have been dealing with an error made by the Fed Govt in calculating my “earned income” which in turn affects my Soc. Sec. payments as well as Lil’ JAC’s. The IRS reported a number to the Soc. Sec Admin that has no basis in anything reported on my taxes. The issue arose in March 2020. I responded in April 2020. This week I got a letter demanding certain information, some of which does not even exist, or they will go with their original decision.

    So after 2 1/2 hours of waiting, I got through on the phone to a local Soc Sec office. Turns out the Soc Sec offices DO NOT MEET IN PERSON with you anymore to solve these kinds of problems. Only real “emergencies”, whatever those are. I read the new letter to this local person and they said they didn’t understand it either. To ignore it and send them my tax returns and W-2’s. Unless I messed up on the returns. Then I would have to file an amended return and then send that to Soc Sec. I checked again, there is no error in my returns.

    So someone in the IRS screwed up and the monkey is on my back to prove them wrong, because Soc Sec has no way to get the IRS to double check. They just take their word that what they send is valid. And of course, there is no way for me to get the IRS to check their reporting to Soc Sec.

    Oh, I forgot to mention this is for my 2018 Tax Year. And the reason they are not allowing visits to their office is Covid. Apparently they have been closed to the public since March 2020 and never reopened.

  68. Home Covid test: Open a bottle of beer and pour it into a glass. Smell it. Taste it? Drink it. If you can smell and taste it you do not have Covid. Repeat the test until you do have Covid.

  69. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Wow…the British Parliment voted to hold Biden and his administration in CONTEMPT.

    The disdain in speeches and from other military leaders came fast and furious.

    Biden in one stroke wrecked any trust we had with our allies.

  70. Hanlon’s razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

  71. Brings to mind what the Colonels says about them being a bunch of bureaucrats .I’ve never been a fan of much bling.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      “The success of an army is inversely proportional to the amount of decorations worn by the Senior Leadership” -Captain Thomas Murphy, My AFROTC instructor 1964-65 and a former WW 2 enlisted man who took a commission after Korea. Neve forgot that!

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