Wednesday, 4 May

09:31 – Forty-six years ago today. Four dead in Ohio. Allison B. Krause, Jeffrey Glenn Miller, William Knox Schroeder, and Sandra Lee Scheuer. Kids minding their own business. Murdered by the government. Never forget.

Barbara is spending the day in Winston-Salem, running errands and meeting the HVAC company tech at the old house so they can do a system check and replace the central filter. Colin and I are on our own for today. He’s watching the cows. There are a couple dozen along our back fence, including several babies who aren’t much bigger than he is.

More science kit stuff today. I’ll be running more labels for bottles and making up solutions. Barbara labeled about 1,000 bottles yesterday while she watched House of Cards on Netflix streaming.

It now looks pretty certain that it’ll be Trump vs. Clinton in November, two candidates whom almost no one likes, including the rank and file of their own parties. My guess is that Trump will beat Clinton. A lot of voters hate him, but the same is true of Clinton, so it’s a matter of voters from both parties holding their noses and voting for whichever candidate they hate less. How did we get to this point?


12:16 – Colin just took me out to get some exercise. For me, not for him.

As we went out the door, I threw the Frisbee as far as I could toward the treeline on our southern boundary. Colin ran after it and caught it in the air a few yards short of the tree line. He then lay down and waited for me to walk over to him. When I got about five feet from him, he grabbed the Frisbee and ran over to the north side of the property, 150 yards or so away. He lay down, dropped the Frisbee, and waited for me to make my way over to him. When I was about five feet from him, he picked it up and ran back over to the south side of the yard. Rinse and repeat. This dog has the shittiest play skills, not just of any dog I’ve ever had or known, but of any dog I’ve ever heard of. What other dog, ever, doesn’t know that when his human throws a toy he’s supposed to go get it, bring it back, and drop it to be thrown again? Colin absolutely demands full participation. He does the same thing in the house. I’ll throw the ball. He runs and picks it up momentarily, drops it where it was, and runs back to demand that I go get it and bring it back for him.

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64 Responses to Wednesday, 4 May

  1. JimL says:

    Democracy.
    What is it good for?
    Absolutely Nuthin’.
    (Say it again, y’all!)

    We (collectively, either directly or through inaction) have been telling people that they can vote themselves largess from the public trough. It was inevitable.

    Our Republic, which we have not minded well, has evolved into a democracy. Dr. Franklin was right.

  2. Miles_Teg says:

    Trump is an uncouth baboon and Hillary is the devil in stilettos. What a choice!

  3. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I have no doubt that, like the other candidates, they’re literal psychopaths. The question is … which psychopath do people want as president? I hope Trump wins. He’s a greedy buffoon, but I don’t think he’s quite as evil as Clinton.

  4. SteveF says:

    And Hillary Bitch Clinton isn’t a greedy cartoon?

    It’s similar to the 2008 prez campaign, with the three scummy senators being the last “realistic” candidates. 300,000,000 people in the country, and these three retarded scumbags are the best we can do?

  5. nick says:

    “”Extremely Dangerous” IED Found Under Bridge In Texas”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-04/extremely-dangerous-ied-found-under-bridge-texas

    (about 2 hours from me)

    and

    “BREAKING NEWS: Disgruntled employee opens fire at Texas trucking company, killing his supervisor and then committing suicide just after he was fired”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3573391/Two-dead-gunman-shooting-Texas-trucking-company.html

    (much closer)

    “Why would you ever need a gun at work?”

    nick

  6. nick says:

    The IED story is weird.

    That town is literally the middle of nowhere. And the device was liquid and shotgun shells, which sounds anti-personnel, not demolition, so why put it under a bridge?

    Whole lotta stinkin’ goin’ on with this story…..

    nick

  7. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Not everyone who builds IEDs knows what he’s doing.

  8. MrAtoz says:

    Mr. OFD’s tax penalties are being put to good use.

    The Obama Administration has launched a $35.7 million Food and Drug Administration anti-tobacco campaign focused on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender youth.

    The libturds will pander to any cause.

  9. SteveF says:

    There was also something recent, probably related, about getting adult-age drag queens to quit smoking.

  10. SteveF says:

    It sounds to me like Colin is going to be getting an unfavorable annual review.

  11. lynn says:

    Trump is an uncouth baboon and Hillary is the devil in stilettos. What a choice!

    Actually, we have been living in a PC world for too long. Trump is not a politician, he is a silver back gorilla. Very dangerous beasty. They make incredible threats if you do not submit to them.

    He will make a good President for the USA. After all, look at the manby pamby that he is following.

    And Hillary will just be Obolo’s third term.

  12. dkreck says:

    And will it be Donald/Newt?

  13. lynn says:

    Newt Gingrich is 72. Too old. Trump needs a younger person for the bench. I am thinking … Sarah Palin.

    I am not sure if she can run though. Her husband is recovering from a horrible snowmobile accident with many compound fractures:
    http://www.people.com/article/sarah-palin-update-husband-todd-snowmobile-injury

    A steel band on every rib! Ouch, ouch, ouch!

    If Palin is not willing to take the pay cut then how about Megyn Kelly ?

  14. Al says:

    How about Trumps daughter, Ivanka? She’s managed Trumps hotel and real estate holdings, graduated from Wharton, has worked with Trump in the past and has a good working relationship with him.

    She would bring in a lot of women, some of the youth vote and is articulate and easy on the eyes.

    On top of this, the media and the public would eat up the father daughter thing.

  15. Paul says:

    And yet, you appear to continue to do Colin’s bidding. I expect he considers himself to be your personal trainer.

  16. Dave says:

    Paul just beat me to my point. Collin thinks he’s your personal trainer. I really get mad at my personal trainer, I mean my wife’s dog. He has me going up and down steps for exercise. Go from my office downstairs to let him out, come back upstairs to the office. Repeat five minutes later when he wants back in. I’ve done this 3 or 4 times in a one hour period. My dog used to keep him entertained, but he ran off with the first woman who would take him. He had one teensy dispute over his position in the pack with our daughter, and he thought we were going to kill him.

  17. lynn says:

    How about Trumps daughter, Ivanka? She’s managed Trumps hotel and real estate holdings, graduated from Wharton, has worked with Trump in the past and has a good working relationship with him.

    She lives in New York state also. The Constitution requires that the President and Vice President candidates be from different states. Is she 35? Yup, she would be 35 by the installment in Jan 2017.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivanka_Trump

    Wow, she is 5’11” and has a B.S. in economics from Wharton. And just had her 3rd baby a couple of weeks ago.

  18. OFD says:

    “Forty-six years ago today. Four dead in Ohio.”

    I used to argue with my dad about all the political stuff; I was doing useless shit for SDS, PLP, YSA, etc, and he was a Barry Goldwater guy. Then he brought home the paper from work one night at the supper table and seemed to be in shock, kinda, from that headline about Kent State. And of course, the following year I was off to work for Uncle, including two SEA tours, so all them arguments mainly stopped. How do you crab at your 6’5″ son when he’s been in the military police and spec ops and comes home with fruit salad on his shirt?

    But yeah, that was a pretty good sign right there that our gummint could and would kill us, either through stupidity and lack of training, or with malice aforethought, even over trifles.

    “My guess is that Trump will beat Clinton.”

    Irish bookies are saying a dead heat. More hanging chads in Floriduh, probably. SCOTUS interference, etc. Unless he gets shot by that “lone gunman” guy and/or she collapses and croaks or goes to jail, which seems more unlikely by the day. Which psycho do we want in the WH? Doesn’t matter; it’s the actual rulers who choose them and tell them what to do and how high to jump. Trump’s handlers will no doubt have him tone down his usual schtick and move toward the Middle, while Cankles will have to make nice with Sanders and get those damn kids and progs and SJWs that she doesn’t already have. Plus, of course, the waves of minorities, immigrants, criminals, perverts, etc.

    “Our Republic, which we have not minded well, has evolved into a democracy.”

    Rule by mob, under a corporate fascist oligarchy. A lot like some of them Latin American banana “republics.” Like I say, a nuclear Brazil, with large chunks of it more like Mexico and the Congo.

    “300,000,000 people in the country, and these three retarded scumbags are the best we can do?”

    Most folks are stupid, as we have already established here. And the rulers have us dancing to their tunes. Hell, they’ve got the army, police, public skools, and MSM, what more do they need?

    I like Mr. Al’s suggested running mate: hell yeah! That chick would rock the country. I can’t think of any particular law against it, either. But it’s kinda wacky; so he’ll probably pick some younger person from the West or South. I’d go for the former gov of Arizona.

    Just back from VA clinic regarding lower back/sciatic notch issue; recommends ice followed by moist heat followed by nifty little exercises and experimenting with Ibuprofen, Aleve, and Motrin to see what works best and double the usual doses. Just did the ice; now off to the moist heat and OTC dope.

  19. OFD says:

    “Wow, she is 5’11” and has a B.S. in economics from Wharton.”

    Throw on four-inch heels and she’d only be two inches shorter than me. Yowza! Wife here is only 5’10” and Princess is six feet. Midgets.

  20. lynn says:

    “Intel cuts Atom chips, basically giving up on the smartphone and tablet markets”
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/3063508/components/intel-is-on-the-verge-of-exiting-the-smartphone-and-tablet-markets-after-cutting-atom-chips.html

    Whoa, that seems bold. I wonder if they were selling the Atom chips for less than their cost.

    “Intel’s mobile strategy is now tied up with 5G, and resources originally dedicated to Sofia and Broxton could be redirected in making 5G chips and modems. The new 5G networks could provide 100 times faster data throughput than 4G, and deployments are expected to start around 2020.”

    Heavy focus on the word “could”. Most of the claims that I have heard over the years for ultra high speed wifi have not played out.

  21. lynn says:

    I like Mr. Al’s suggested running mate: hell yeah! That chick would rock the country. I can’t think of any particular law against it, either. But it’s kinda wacky; so he’ll probably pick some younger person from the West or South. I’d go for the former gov of Arizona.

    I like Jan Brewer also but she is 71. Probably going to be John Kasich, even though he is going to be 64 in a couple of days.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kasich
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Brewer

    Or did you mean Janet Napolitano ?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Napolitano

  22. OFD says:

    ” Most of the claims that I have heard over the years for ultra high speed wifi have not played out.”

    Or the claims for coverage, uptime and security.

    “Or did you mean Janet Napolitano ?”

    Egads no! The morbidly obese snapping turtle who was “in charge” of our “security?” Yeah, right.

    So I guess we gotta find a genuine conservative woman somewhere between 35 and 60?

    I got it: Ann Coulter. Trained in the law, not bad on the eyes, straight shooter. Sense of humor, too. Just don’t be in the position of having to work directly with her or for her. Turn her loose on all the assholes, domestic and foreign.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    I imagine that the fix was in long ago for Trump/Cruz. Everything you saw over the past few months was a show, even the allegations this week about Cruz’ father and the Kennedy assassination.

    As President, Trump will need a consigliere, similar to the role George Ross used to fill in his business empire but with an expert knowledge of the Constitution and how the three branches of government work. Cruz fits that job description having worked for the White House, argued before the Supreme Court, and served in the Senate. My guess is that the deal was cut before Trump announced.

  24. SteveF says:

    Turn her loose on all the assholes

    As an asshole myself, I disapprove this message.

  25. OFD says:

    “As an asshole myself…”

    But you ain’t no asshole and anyone who sez so is an asshole and send them up to me for further “discussion.” By “all the assholes” I mean those in the three branches of our gummint and the foreigners. (except Canadians (but including Trudeau) and other former British Commonwealth of Nations countries, but including the current heads of gummint in the UK itself). Also the MSM, colleges and universities, and certain CEOs. There. That should clear things up.

    “I imagine that the fix was in long ago for Trump/Cruz. Everything you saw over the past few months was a show, even the allegations this week about Cruz’ father and the Kennedy assassination.”

    And also the show of Cankles vs. Sanders. All just a show. But whether Trump picks Cruz for VP or consigliere in another position is a good question. He may well pick someone we’ve never heard of, but if you’re right, it’s gonna be interesting.

  26. lynn says:

    I imagine that the fix was in long ago for Trump/Cruz. Everything you saw over the past few months was a show, even the allegations this week about Cruz’ father and the Kennedy assassination.

    Cruz would make the almost perfect VP and able to step into Trump’s office if needed. Also, he would make a great foil into the moribund Senate. If Cruz had a vagina he would be freaking perfect.

    If Hillary is smart, she would pick Bernie as her VP. And if she wins, stuff him into the first closet in the Whitehouse with a sign, “open only in case of death of President”.

  27. OFD says:

    “If Cruz had a vagina he would be freaking perfect.”

    He does. That’s where Bruce Jenner got the idea.

    “… stuff him into the first closet in the Whitehouse with a sign, “open only in case of death of President”.”

    Or vice-versa. They’re both dead and just don’t know it yet.

  28. SteveF says:

    Ohhhh. I thought the stench of corruption coming from Hillary was moral, not physical.

  29. OFD says:

    That stench is moral, spiritual and physical. She is a lumbering demonic cadaver, like her “husband.” Rather than melting, like the witch in the “Wizard of Oz,” she’ll probably spontaneously combust.

  30. Ray Thompson says:

    she’ll probably spontaneously combust

    Shit don’t burn.

  31. OFD says:

    And speaking of Steve Earle, darned if he ain’t gonna be up here in July, at the Flynn Center down in Burlap; with his new musical partner, Shawn Colvin. Tickets there are way overpriced and OFD won’t be making the trip.

    Meanwhile Rita Coolidge gon be over in Stowe (ski resort and tres chic rich fucks all over the place). Not bad for 71:

    http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/rita-coolidge-160507/

    But ol’ OFD won’t be slidin’ over that way, either. Looking forward to some Triple-A baseball this summuh, though. The Vermont Lake Monsters:

    http://vermont.lakemonsters.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t462

    Tickets are 7 bucks. Regular families and young MLB wannabes trying hard. What’s fun is the pitchers getting tired and wild by their fourth or fifth inning. Keep yer eyes peeled for a ball comin’ at ya, no matter where you are in the stands. Good solid Murkan fun.

  32. OFD says:

    “Shit don’t burn.”

    I guess you never got the shit barrel detail.

  33. lynn says:

    she’ll probably spontaneously combust

    S*** don’t burn.

    I have it on authority from number one son that if you pour enough JP8 on it, anything will burn.

  34. Ray Thompson says:

    I guess you never got the shit barrel detail.

    Nope. I guess anything will burn if you get it hot enough. Hillary can never be that hot.

  35. OFD says:

    In my day it was JP4. No smoking on the flight line, lol.

    We are heading into a very interesting eight months. We may see what burns and what doesn’t.

  36. nick says:

    As my favorite purveyor of loud toys asked me this afternoon, “Got enough ammo?”

    n

  37. SteveF says:

    Hillary can never be that hot.

    miles_teg would dispute that.

  38. medium wave says:

    So — I’m looking at you — what are you going to do?

    Put away the bottle and the defeatism. Give me the Kalishnakov. Yes, siree, running around the hills with an AK-47 is way more fun than what I’m going to propose. It’s also how you get Cuba. So, put the machine gun down. Take a deep breath and listen to the mom-voice, the voice that tells you that you must do unpalatable things like wash behind your ears, and eat broccoli, not because I’m forcing you to do them, but because you know in the long run you have to.

    On Washing Behind the Ears

  39. nick says:

    “FBI arrests man caught on video spraying mixture of mouse poison and hand sanitizer on food bar at Whole Foods

    FBI says suspect was arrested Tuesday and has not yet been charged
    Officials say he used a combination of Tomcat mouse poison, water and alcohol-based hand sanitizer to contaminate produce ”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3573223/FBI-arrests-man-caught-video-spraying-mixture-mouse-poison-hand-sanitizer-food-bar-Foods.htm

    For mouse poison I was thinking strychnine but it’s Warfarin so not as bad as it could be…

    nick

    (and so our high trust society continues to break down.)

  40. OFD says:

    Well, Sarah is among those who think it will be a slow slide into an increasingly miserable dystopia. That would indeed be preferable to civil war or a pandemic or a totalitarian police state that really does load peeps into boxcars and works them to death in slave-labor concentration camps. She also still apparently thinks, as do as many of her commenters as I felt like reading, that elections and parties and voting still matter. When it ought to be pretty evident by now this year that they don’t, just based on what happened with all those votes for Trump that didn’t count at all, and all those delegates and super-delegates that Cankles got when Sanders had killed her in the actual primaries. Not to mention that nooz about the Repub cabals plotting more or less continuously behind closed doors how they would sandbag Trump and other Repub cheerleaders in the MSM vowing they’d vote for Cankles rather than him.

    As the guy at WRS said, ‘your country is dead. Your neighborhood is your country now. If your neighborhood-country is not viable, find another one to move to.’

    Up here, I know my closest two neighbors are armed and one of them is a fellow ‘Nam vet, and all three of us do not like the current state of affairs. That’s a start, but I need to get out to the meatspace meetings at the town hall, ham radio club, gun range, Legion post, parish, etc. I’m also thinking of producing some nice posters I can paste up around this AO, among other little capers.

  41. SteveF says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever thought this before, but Sarah Hoyt can kiss my ass.

  42. OFD says:

    “(and so our high trust society continues to break down.)”

    LOL, good one!

    Scum like that need to be severely flogged in public and then put on chain gangs.

  43. OFD says:

    “…but Sarah Hoyt can kiss my ass.”

    Yah, I don’t need her telling me to put my AK away when already the gummint and the libtards wanna take it away from me……at gunpoint if need be.

  44. VigilantOwl says:

    How about Monica Lewinsky for VP? Imagine Hillary’s face…

  45. nick says:

    Sarah can be tediously optimistic and encouraging. Although I guess the exact opposite can be said about some others too.

    I find her relentless “it’s not bad enough yet” to be very wearing. When WILL it be bad enough? She’s also got a big dose of “this too shall pass” which may in fact be true, but we are changed irrevocably in the aftermath, and will have to live there the rest of our lives- no matter how short a time that may be.

    I do find most of her regular commenters to be worth reading and there is a high signal to noise ratio over there.

    But yeah, not gonna put up my guns….

    nick

  46. MrAtoz says:

    Ah, I used to love the smell of JP-4 in the morning. You get a real good whiff when you do open port hot refueling. When nobody was looking, we’d burn it our Yukon and potbelly stoves. Cherry red in minutes. Diesel sucked balls in those stoves.

  47. OFD says:

    “I find her relentless “it’s not bad enough yet” to be very wearing.”

    She may be right about that, though; few seem to wanna get off their ample butts and do anything about anything. As I’ve said before, maybe when the Grid goes down for a few weeks or months, the store shelves are empty in a matter of days, and they start hearing gunshots a lot down the block.

    It’s gonna be interesting to see the reaction by so many enamored of their pixels when them pixels don’t light up anymore. What to do…what to do…

    And if they haven’t been outside looking around in ages and don’t read and there’s no books in the house anyway, man, are they gonna be at loose ends.

  48. lynn says:

    Sarah Hoyt was born and raised in the back woods in Portugal. She said in one of her diatribes that her village did not even know that there had been a military coup until several months after it.

    Her definition of bad times is people dying of starvation. The USA is not even close to that.

    I would recommend her “good men” books to see what she thinks about dystopia. The books are set 300 years after the world fall into dystopia. The worldwide population is only a few million. I’ll give you a hint, the “good men” are not good. But they are strong.
    http://www.amazon.com/DarkShip-Thieves-Sarah-Hoyt/dp/1439133174/
    http://www.amazon.com/Darkship-Renegades-Sarah-Hoyt/dp/1476736170/
    http://www.amazon.com/Few-Good-Men-Darkship/dp/1476736251/

  49. OFD says:

    “Cherry red in minutes.”

    No chit, hermano. And we security police practically had orders to shoot to kill smokers on the flight lines. I kinda miss them nights out there at various air bases sometimes. Used to hardly ever think about things back here in The World. Got used to the heat and humidity, smelled the garlic roasting in cast-iron skillets out in the villes, and heard their tinkly weird music and singsong chatter in the breeze.

  50. OFD says:

    “Her definition of bad times is people dying of starvation. The USA is not even close to that.”

    Maybe not, but we have had, and still have, rural folks up here in the north country who get to choose every winter between spending their money on food, medicine or heating oil. They’re not the underclass with the big-screen tee-vee’s, cartons of ciggies, and iPads, either; most don’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of. Their jobs went away a long time ago, nothing has come along to replace them, and they can’t afford to move away.

    And I tend to think that very few of the disaster and survivalist fiction will ever come close to how things will actually turn out anyway; a good reading of history shows us lotsa surprises.

  51. lynn says:

    And I tend to think that very few of the disaster and survivalist fiction will ever come close to how things will actually turn out anyway; a good reading of history shows us lotsa surprises.

    The first thing you gotta do is pick your failure node. While I think that the chance of EMP or some random viral is high (almost 1% per year), dystopia is growing rapidly. Used to be the classes in the USA were 10% rich, 80% middle, and 10% poor. I have no idea where things are now but that middle seems to have halved in the last few years. I don’t think that we will end up 10% rich and 90% poor but we may end up 10% rich, 10% middle, and 80% poor. And tomorrow’s poor are not going to look like today’s poor. Those government handouts may XXXX will get severely reduced. Social security may get mean tested. Medical care may get rationed (or cash at the back door).

    So you gotta pick your poison and then pick how to survive it. Luckily the initial solution for each is just about the same. Stash food and water, stash guns and ammo, and build a small trusted community.

    And then come the details such as “bummer, you were too close to the riots”. Or, the government came through and stole all your food and guns. Or, the government resettled 100,000 people in your 2,000 person village with minimal food, shelter, and water. Or, your state had a huge disaster that lasted several years. Or, the cannibal army came through your area after the disaster that you survived. And yes, details that can and will take you out.

  52. nick says:

    It just struck me that it’s a bit like the ‘past lives’ folks. They always discover they were someone rich and famous. It’s never the stable boy, or the dung collector. In the PA novels, they’re always the king makers, the leaders. Most survivors will probably be slaves for a few warlords, women being raped and beaten, men just being beaten and worked to death. And of course, 90% of them are just dead.

    Wouldn’t be very satisfying, but a real PA novel would have our hero prepping like mad, fully set up, gets to his bug out compound, and then is killed and eaten. Or dies from the plague.

    Such a book would have the advantage of the ‘how to manual’ coupled with the reality that no matter how well prepared you are, you still might die. Maybe something along the lines of the show “Six Feet Under” that always opens with a death…

    nick

  53. medium wave says:

    From Hoyt’s essay:

    So, life becomes more difficult and the US keeps electing dumb asses. And you’ve given up, because you know they’re dumb asses.

    Now what?

    Please understand that unless you’re very very very lucky you’re not going to get a glorious martyr’s death. You’re not going to set yourself on fire in front of tank. That’s not how these things work. You might die in a reeducation camp. You might get shot while resisting arrest. Even those are unlikely. The most likely thing to happen is that you live in a world that is increasingly grayer and more despairing, and in which you have less and less of a say. That’s the way Europe has gone, and this election is turning out very European.

    So, what are you going to do?

    Give up? Giving up is for a long time.

    Shoot them up?

    And then what? There’s a million insurgences around the country every day that you never hear of. You won’t even be a statistic.

    Further along she lists seven constructive actions that can be taken to fight the decline.

    But apparently to some people here going out in a blaze of glory is preferable to knuckling down to do the boring and difficult things she recommends.

  54. OFD says:

    Wot Mr. nick said.

    Always pisses me off no end to read a PA thing and the main guy/s have state-of-the-art radios and weapons and were formerly SEALs and Delta and the chicks are always gorgeous and although they go through horrific firefights and CQB physical combat and tortures, they seemingly recover by the next day or they even push through regardless for more dozens of hours with no sleep and win out anyway over the evil bastards.

    Read history to see how the majority of the pop does during wars, famines, plagues, etc. One thing that recurs, however, is that the folks who live AWAY FROM the cities manage to at least get by, if not actually prosper. That’s REAL HISTORY, not fables or PA fiction.

    But of course that was before the innernet, tee-vee, and worldwide Grid. How would things be if all that was kaput??? Maybe sorta kinda like our own War Between the States, or the English Civil War, or all the back-and-forth stuff that went on in Europe and Byzantium during medieval times and the so-called “Dark Ages.” But with semi-auto and automatic weapons this time and explosives and nuke power plants scattered around and drones and robots.

  55. nick says:

    BTW I liked Sarah’s books. I even found the Witchfinder book interesting and well written, if far from my normal fare… and I value her observations on her childhood, and her unique view of America. I just look back to the 80’s and see how far down an intolerable road we’ve gone. And it’s tolerable after all. Just not what it was.

    I remember a national debate about whether it was Constitutional to search a kid’s locker at school. I remember that the kid in Breakfast Club is doing detention for bringing a gun to school, and ADing his art project. I remember when you didn’t have to show ID to board a plane. When you could drive with a cooler full of beer on the seat behind the driver, and you could have drinks with lunch. Drinking age was 18 and you could buy a drink from a kiosk in the mall in Wisconsin. Street gangs were confined to a couple of neighborhoods in a few cities. Rap music was about having fun, not killing your rivals and fukcing b!tches. Terrorists were the IRA and Bader Meinhof, ETA, and a few others and they didn’t seek to rule the world, only change their shitty little corner if it. You didn’t need permission to buy cough medicine. No one was tracking you, listening to your calls, or monitoring your every transaction. Cash was NORMAL, not suspicious. Banks paid interest. Sexual deviance was LITERALLY that–deviation from the norm, and was pitied not celebrated if it was considered at all. “Don’t make a federal case out of it” was a common phrase. “It’s a free country” wasn’t said ironically.

    And so on and so on. We’ve adapted. And if TPTB don’t get too greedy too fast, we’ll keep adapting. We’re already not living in the America we grew up in. How far gone will it be when my kids find themselves in my situation?

    nick

  56. OFD says:

    “…she lists seven constructive actions that can be taken to fight the decline.”

    And those are all well and good and we’ll try to work them as best we can, but it may well be in the face of a totalitarian regime that doesn’t like us doing that, or in the face of regular home invasions and car-jackings in our AO, or increased gang activity from the plethora of armed and dangerous gangs swarming around the country nowadays.

    “…going out in a blaze of glory is preferable to knuckling down to do the boring and difficult things she recommends.”

    No one’s said that here today, so far as I know, but after watching “The Chekist,” last night, a Russian flick with English subtitles, and having read Solzhenitsyn’s canon, it would have been far better for those poor people to have violently resisted, than to allow themselves to be crammed into tiny cells overnight, taken out in the morning, forced to strip naked, and then shot to death with Tokarevs in a dark sub-basement. And this was in the hundreds of thousands.

    Maybe Sarah Holt and Claire Wolfe don’t think that sorta thing can happen here in the good ol’ USA, but my parents and grandparents lived through seeing that sorta thing happen in Germany, an advanced industrial nation with a highly literate and educated population, and we all saw it again during the long Soviet and Chicom nightmares.

    Going out in a blaze of glory would in fact be preferable to standing naked facing a dripping cellar wall and being shot by teenagers with Makarovs and Tokarevs or Berettas, esp. if one’s example tends to inspire genuine violent and effective resistance among survivors outside.

  57. OFD says:

    “I just look back to the 80’s and see how far down an intolerable road we’ve gone.”

    50s and 60s for me; as a little kid I could walk alone to skool, the library, swimming lessons at the community center pool, my friends’ houses, or just be-bop around out in the woods behind our house (still called The Badlands and still not built on or built out or otherwise developed in any way). Try that now.

    Hell, what’s been done to our gun laws in this country since the 1930s is like unto the frog sitting in the slowly boiling pot of wotta; most derps ain’t even noticed how badly it’s actually gone for us in this regard. We LOST. And we’re still losing, and that cocksucker in the WH aims to do even more damage; Field Marshal Rodham will continue it, and we can’t trust The Donald to do the right thing, either.

  58. SteveF says:

    knuckling down to do the boring and difficult things she recommends

    Anyone pulling the “I’m wiser and more mature than you so you need to stop being a baby and grow up and do what I tell you” card is just asking for a “go fuck yourself” in response.

  59. OFD says:

    I see that kinda attitude a lot, to be honest, on a bunch of the 3% and gun boards over the past couple of years; guys who have allegedly made that kinda stuff their life’s work and can hack at it forty-plus hours a week and be in top physical condition, etc., etc., and the rest of us poor bastards need to get off the couch and haul some ass and stand tall, etc., etc.

    Thing is, I was standing tall for Uncle before they were fucking born, and because I was tall, Uncle handed me an M60 and the ammo and said go get ’em, cupcake! Then did street cop work on night shifts in shitty neighborhoods for a few years after that.

    So what, now I’m old and can’t hump a ruck for twenty miles over hill and dale with a plate carrier and rifle and pistol and ammo for both so I should STFU and pay attention to today’s warrior-heroes? We’re our own worst enemies out here; everybody’s tougher than somebody else or has more war-face experience, and we fight among each other and diss each other on boards and the lefties meanwhile are one yuuuuuuuge united Front. Without even trying hard or breaking a sweat they beat us hourly.

  60. medium wave says:

    Anyone pulling the “I’m wiser and more mature than you so you need to stop being a baby and grow up and do what I tell you” card is just asking for a “go fuck yourself” in response.

    How … mature of you!

  61. SteveF says:

    Go fuck yourself.

  62. Miles_Teg says:

    Lynn wrote:

    “She lives in New York state also. The Constitution requires that the President and Vice President candidates be from different states.”

    She could move. Tricky Dicky initially was from California, then moved to NY. Plus, from Clause 3…

    “The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves.”

    As I read it, it just prevents the two candidates both receiving votes from the same state if they both live there. Not an outright ban.

  63. Lynn says:

    When Dick Cheney stepped down from being CEO of Haliburton, he moved back to Wyoming from Houston. This telegraphed the fact to me that he getting ready to be GWB’s VP.

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