Sun. May 31, 2020 – burn baby burn…

Hot and humid here in Houston.

Yesterday was pretty hot and sweaty too.

But hey, now we have a pool! And I didn’t have to MacGyver anything. It was all in the box except for 8 bolts. It’s in pretty good shape considering someone set it up, and used it long enough for a dirt ring to form before returning it… They didn’t assemble the ladder, they just used it upside down and in pieces. Doesn’t look like they used the filter pump either.  The brazen theft involved in Amazon returns is breathtaking in scope and will eventually have to be addressed.    My kids were full on nutburgers when they saw the pool and climbed in while it filled.  Only 6 inches of water in it and it sounded like two dolphins in a blender.  Neighbors are going to get tired of the squeals…

Didn’t get much done on my list ‘cuz someone just dropped a day long project in my lap… just saying.

Other than taking the big truck with the push bar into the city, so I could push through a crowd if I had to, it was just like a normal day.

After dinner though, for a lot of people, Sh!t Just Got Real ™.   I spent a few hours last night watching rioting, yelling, crowds milling around, and all sorts of opportunists mouthing off.  I was in LA for the Rodney King riots, and it is not at all “fun” for normal people.  Burning buildings have a particular odor like nothing else.  Watching neighborhoods burn from your front porch and having that smoke blow in your door will CHANGE you.  Ordinary people get caught up in the violence too.  My roommate was hospitalized from injuries he got during a racially motivated attack on day one or two.  He spent three days in the hospital, and he was just one of many.  [added- he and his ex-wife got jumped outside of a QuikMart when they took a break from trying to reconcile to get some coffee.  They had no idea anything was going on in the city.]

Ol’ Remus’ advice is good- stay away from crowds, and Cooper’s advice about avoiding stupid people and stupid places is also good.  Finally, don’t stand next to someone doing something stupid.   Reginald Denny was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it changed his life.  Don’t be caught unaware, and don’t let them get you out of the vehicle.

One interesting thing I noticed in the news footage, all the big name orgs and the local news crews have ‘security teams’ with them this time.  The Ferguson coverage had many of the ‘on the ground’ reporters having to “reposition” and reconnect.  Ironic during a “mostly peaceful protest”, no?  This time they’ve all got security.

It’s gonna get worse before it gets better.  Anyone want to bet that it continues through the elections?


Dinner was beef fajitas from the last delivery, saute’d with onions, served with tortilla and various vegetable sides.  I like the packaged marinade beef in the vac sealed bag from HEB.  Kids and wife ate every scrap.  We’ve barely touched our long term storage, and even the canned inventory isn’t really being drawn down.  Damned weird apocalypse.

Clearly, we’ve got  more to get through.  Think about what a deterioration in your local security situation means for you and your family.  If most of the cops are standing ‘line abreast’ downtown, they aren’t cruising your area and they aren’t investigating crimes or taking other calls.  What’s your normal response time to a 911 call?  What might it be if you have riots in your area?  What can YOU do to improve your situation?

Keep stacking.  Everything’s better with butter and bacon.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

54 thoughts on “Sun. May 31, 2020 – burn baby burn…”

  1. That is one of the reasons I drive a 4×4 truck now, it will go right across a median. I tried very hard to get my son to buy one also instead of his very nice Toyota Camry. He lives in the war zone (between 610 and beltway 8).

    The 2.5L I4 engine of the 2018+ Camry can regularly produce 40 MPG or higher on a commute. I speak from daily experience. The last time I did a run down to the office, all freeway, with non-ethanol gas from WalMart, my trip reading was 52 MPG. If you can live with the acceleration issues of the four, who needs a hybrid?

    Of course, if he got the six cylinder with XLE trim, that engine is pumping more HP than the barely street-legal Ford Mustang Cobra did 25 years go with a much more primitive transmission. More structural weight than the Cobra, granted, but acceleration isn’t an issue.

    If the concern is driving through a war zone, in an urban area, give it a few years. With a few dings and scrapes on the car, no one will look twice at a Camry, especially once the current generation becomes commonplace. An Altima would be better camoflauge, but a big 4×4 would definitely draw attention.

    Hopefully, he has tinted windows.

  2. In better news, Musk’s guys did it…

    “‘It’s a go’: Elon Musk blasts two astronauts into space in historic Spacex launch to the ISS bringing back manned spaceflight to America for the first time in NINE years as Trump watches from pad”

    Again credit Gwynne Shotwell too. It is as much her accomplishment as Musk’s.

    More pressure on Boeing.

    It caught my attention when someone dropped the “Lets light this candle” line from “The Right Stuff” yesterday during the countdown. We’re still far from a spaceflight “dark age” as Dr. Pournelle defined it, but we are running out of people who remember.

  3. Interesting that both Chicago and Manhattan raised or closed bridges to control the flow of people during the unrest…

    something to consider.

    n

  4. Interesting that both Chicago and Manhattan raised or closed bridges to control the flow of people during the unrest…

    something to consider.

    We interviewed a girl the other day who lives just across the bridge and down Jackson from the Willis Tower. She’s never even seen Austin but expressed excitement about the move which makes me suspect either things are bad or my management is offering her a lot of money. Either is possible — U of C CS Masters and a new face appeals to my management’s “flavor of the month” approach to recruiting/compensation, but the address on the resume seems to be a bit far from the area immediately around the Michigan Avenue bridge where the city seems to concentrate keeping things “normal”.

    I understand the downsides of Chicago, but it is a real city with more real culture than bacchanalia.

  5. tRump put the 82nd on alert to deploy to MN. Shit just got real. I don’t want this. It would be better to wait and “nuke it from orbit.” I’m so glad I’m retired from The United States Army. I would not want to be in riot gear holding an axe handle facing the citizens.

  6. The official Floyd autopsy doesn’t indicate the cop killed him. The *real* riots will start after celebrity ME Baden backs that. I’m not sure he is far enough Prog’d to lie. The cop is a real POS, but if you railroad him: “Game over, Man, game over.”

  7. The official Floyd autopsy doesn’t indicate the cop killed him. The *real* riots will start after celebrity ME Baden backs that. I’m not sure he is far enough Prog’d to lie. The cop is a real POS, but if you railroad him: “Game over, Man, game over.”

    The racket will sacrifice the POS cop, no big loss to them, but I’ll bet the public records access laws get changed next March in Florida.

    Gotta wonder how many Houston and Dallas cops have similar condos in Destin.

  8. I think that rush was over a year or two ago.

    Exxon stopped construction on the campus, and I don’t recall hearing they restarted.

    I’ve seen a lot of resumes from Exxon and related vendors lately.

    Exxon obviously did not have plans for everyone to move to the new campus. Lots of outsourcing going on right now.

    Not according to my Uncle who lives in the Woodlands. Houses are still selling at a premium and high demand. Not just Exxon moved out there. Also, my accountants son is a buyer for Exxon as of a year ago. He still has a job and just got moved out there from downtown. He has told his mom that he is not nervous.

  9. That is one of the reasons I drive a 4×4 truck now, it will go right across a median. I tried very hard to get my son to buy one also instead of his very nice Toyota Camry. He lives in the war zone (between 610 and beltway 8).

    The 2.5L I4 engine of the 2018+ Camry can regularly produce 40 MPG or higher on a commute. I speak from daily experience. The last time I did a run down to the office, all freeway, with non-ethanol gas from WalMart, my trip reading was 52 MPG. If you can live with the acceleration issues of the four, who needs a hybrid?

    Of course, if he got the six cylinder with XLE trim, that engine is pumping more HP than the barely street-legal Ford Mustang Cobra did 25 years go with a much more primitive transmission. More structural weight than the Cobra, granted, but acceleration isn’t an issue.

    If the concern is driving through a war zone, in an urban area, give it a few years. With a few dings and scrapes on the car, no one will look twice at a Camry, especially once the current generation becomes commonplace. An Altima would be better camoflauge, but a big 4×4 would definitely draw attention.

    Hopefully, he has tinted windows.

    He has the base model 2020 Camry XL that he paid $21K ??? for. Factory tinted windows. The four cylinder is 200+ hp and really moves. He gets about 35 mpg in it driving back and forth to the office. About 4 inches off the ground.

  10. tRump put the 82nd on alert to deploy to MN. Shit just got real. I don’t want this. It would be better to wait and “nuke it from orbit.” I’m so glad I’m retired from The United States Army. I would not want to be in riot gear holding an axe handle facing the citizens.

    Not gonna be axe handles. Gonna be 7.62s and 50s mounted on Humvees. My son was in the lead humvee on a convoy in Iraq in 2006. Somebody was driving towards them and would not stop. The gunner put a .50 in the engine block. Totally went through the engine block and sprayed liquid metal into the vehicle cabin, killing all three men. He would not answer if they had explosives.

  11. I don’t think tRump would send the 82nd “locked and loaded”, but surely a mobile armory will be close by.

  12. Trump is going to get a whole lot of votes if he does manage to visibly shut down the rioting and lawlessness. There is a whole lot of built up resentment and a dawning realization amongst the white middle and working class that the special classes get special treatment (and treats) they won’t get. And it’s never enough. A lot of people have basically been paying the danegeld, but are getting fed up, or finally realizing they are in fact paying it.

    Things are going to get very ugly if this goes on too long, like South Africa ugly. (well, not quite, as we don’t have the history of complete lack of regard for human life they have.)

    n

  13. “I’ve seen a lot of resumes from Exxon and related vendors lately.

    Exxon obviously did not have plans for everyone to move to the new campus. Lots of outsourcing going on right now.”

    Not according to my Uncle who lives in the Woodlands. Houses are still selling at a premium and high demand. Not just Exxon moved out there. Also, my accountants son is a buyer for Exxon as of a year ago. He still has a job and just got moved out there from downtown. He has told his mom that he is not nervous.

    I don’t claim to have any insight beyond what I see on resumes or I hear in interviews. Houston/Exxon has been a recurring theme, mostly from placement firms with national reach like Experis/Manpower.

    Subccontinent will buy new houses, regardless of economic circumstances in the region. The new neighborhood on the former cattle ranch next to our subdivision was built completely to their tastes and 100% sold out even before Apple announced their new campus around the corner.

    The neighborhood even has its own public elementary and middle schools, but the residents don’t send their kids to either one unless they don’t have a choice.

  14. He has the base model 2020 Camry XL that he paid $21K ??? for. Factory tinted windows. The four cylinder is 200+ hp and really moves. He gets about 35 mpg in it driving back and forth to the office. About 4 inches off the ground.

    Yeah, the ground clearance is another problem for me driving around Austin. The underside of my front bumper is already beat up.

    It seems like Austin’s approach to transportation issues for most of the last 40 years was “If we don’t build it, they won’t come.”

    Austin wants to be Portland, but Portland did spend money even if trains weren’t the best investment of the funds.

  15. Trump is going to get a whole lot of votes if he does manage to visibly shut down the rioting and lawlessness. There is a whole lot of built up resentment and a dawning realization amongst the white middle and working class that the special classes get special treatment (and treats) they won’t get. And it’s never enough. A lot of people have basically been paying the danegeld, but are getting fed up, or finally realizing they are in fact paying it.

    Plugs pending nomination speaks volumes about even the Dems getting tired of paying the danegeld, especially the suburban voters on the West Coast, around Atlanta, and the VA suburbs of DC.

    The VP will be the radical, however. I’m betting Stacey Abrams.

  16. Even in my Ranger, I can drive over a regular street curb if I do it at an angle…

    Most people can drive their vehicle much harder than they do. There are classes in defensive driving where you can see just how hard you can turn, or how quickly you can change lanes. When I worked with pro drivers, they’d tell stories about doing specialized training for Range Rover drivers, or others.

    One of the coolest parts of the CPA classes was the driving course. Better with the Constables, as I got to do the driving!

    n

  17. There is a whole lot of built up resentment and a dawning realization amongst the white middle and working class that the special classes get special treatment (and treats) they won’t get.

    $200k condos in Windemere are quite a treat too. The race pimps and the police both have rackets they’re going to try to protect.

  18. Most people can drive their vehicle much harder than they do. There are classes in defensive driving where you can see just how hard you can turn, or how quickly you can change lanes. When I worked with pro drivers, they’d tell stories about doing specialized training for Range Rover drivers, or others.

    Austin is really messed up with lots of dips and uneven pavement. Fixing things would be a huge NIMBY issue. The city was never intended to have this many people living here.

  19. About time:

    tRump tweeting: The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

    Let’s see how Plugs and the ProgLibTurds respond.


  20. There is a whole lot of built up resentment and a dawning realization amongst the white middle and working class that the special classes get special treatment (and treats) they won’t get.

    Francis Porretto wrote about this in 2007, following the Knoxville Atrocity, with a follow-up in 2012. In short, if you don’t have Rule of Law and blind justice, then you have classes with special privileges. The class will be defined by those who abuse the privileges the most. When the privileged class is at a severe numerical disadvantage, they will get stomped.

    And my addendum to Porretto’s observations: When you’ve sufficiently pissed off a majority comprised of Caucasians, you will be exterminated.

  21. well, got enough water in the pool to start the filter pump running. Did a little bit of leveling under some legs that sank into the yard a bit too much. Put some of my precious precious bleach in last night, will do some more today. My wife volunteered to do all the pool chemistry when she decided to go with salt water chlorination. 🙂

    n

  22. Sounds like a pretty racist statement to me…

    “During a recent segment, Jones said all white people of having a ‘virus’ in their brain known as racism no matter how ‘well-intentioned’ they may be. ”

    But the minute she sees a black man who she does not respect or who she has a slight thought against, she weaponized race like she had been trained by the Aryan Nation.

    ‘A Klan member could not have been better trained to pick up the phone and tell the police, “It’s a black man, African-American man, come get him.”

    ‘So even the most liberal, well-intentioned white person has a virus in his or her brain that can be activated at an instant,’ Jones, who is the co-founder of several social justice nonprofit organizations, said.

    but if you’re black and a CNN contributor, you get a pass.

    n

  23. but if you’re black and a CNN contributor, you get a pass.

    Don’t forget Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” before he resigned in controversy.

    The Dems have an awfully big “tent” covering all of their special interests, not all of which truly get along.

  24. When this Kung Flu event is over a lot of governors are going to be patting themselves on the back claiming their decisive, quick, an thorough response saved thousands of lives. That without their leadership we would have all been doomed.

    News stations locally are already bragging about their coverage. Words to the effect the local reporters saved our lives by quick and accurate reporting.

    Local mayor is already on the band wagon bragging about her leadership skills leading us through difficult times.

  25. Ok, “Let’s grill something!”. We did chicken legs the other day. How about some pork chop things? The ones you make by slicing up the huge loin whatever thingy it’s called?

    I didn’t find any of that. I did find a package of “Pork boneless ribs”. That kind of look like the main part of a pork chop. Almost two inches thick. Looked like a pot roast in the package. Thawed into four pieces. Now smoking on the Trager grill. Just rubbed down with Greek Seasoning.

    We will see. The best by date was late April 2016. Which was when things got “exciting” with Mom and her UTI and then the gallbladder surgery. Yeah, just freeze it. No frostbite, the FoodSaver wins again.

  26. Much respect to the foodsaver.

    “Freezer burn” is the main reason people lose food that has been frozen. Much reduced by vac sealing first.

    Speaking of spoiled food, I just went thru about 30 pounds of potatoes and salvaged about 10 pounds. The bin collected moisture, some of the potatoes were bruised, and that led to rotting. It’s funny that there were bags that were all damaged and bags that were mostly ok.

    It’s been overcast with light drizzle for the last couple of hours. Nice weather to work in the driveway. I’ve got to get some stuff off the patio and into the driveway (bikes, scooters, and the accoutrements mostly) to make room for access to the pool. That means shift back to the driveway project. And speaking of projects, the pool is full, and we found only one tiny leak about half way up. There is a hole the size of a pencil point. I put a piece of self sealing elastomeric roof flashing over it. If we ever drain the pool that far, I’ll do a better patch. Seems to be working so far.

    Between the rain and the humidity, I’m soaked thru.

    n

  27. We’d planned on painting-staining-sealing-whatevering the deck this weekend, renting a sander yesterday and slopping on the slop today. Well, you know what they say about plans. There was enough rain Friday evening and Saturday morning (and then a brief cloudburst Saturday night) to keep the wood too wet to sand yesterday. I was heading out to get the machine this afternoon … when it started raining again in defiance of the 0% forecast. Stupid-ass weather.

    Ended up mowing instead, and now am about done in by allergies and benedryl. Stupid-ass allergies. (On the other hand, I get sick approximately never, so I can’t complain too much.)

    Also took The Brat to a couple stores because the little brat has been growing and isn’t as little as she was even two months ago and she’s running out of clothes she can wear. That was a complete failure. Clothing-only stores were closed (because of Andrew “The Asshole” Cuomo trying to wreck the economy so badly that the feds bail out the state), Walmart was a zoo and the other store had nothing remotely her size. Try again tomorrow, when it’s not a weekend. (It seems that weekends still matter but I’m not sure why, considering the number of people not working or going to school.)

  28. Yeah, the ground clearance is another problem for me driving around Austin. The underside of my front bumper is already beat up.

    It seems like Austin’s approach to transportation issues for most of the last 40 years was “If we don’t build it, they won’t come.”

    Austin wants to be Portland, but Portland did spend money even if trains weren’t the best investment of the funds.

    My sister-in-law is from Austin. She says that all personal homes (except hers) should be demolished and build big apartment buildings. Just like New York City. She just moved to Chicago from Houston but her office is in the suburbs (they have a campus). She wants to move their campus to downtown Chicago, I wonder if she will rethink that goal now.


  29. (except hers)

    I despise that attitude to rules, nanny-state-ism, and Karen-ism. I suspect I am not alone in this.

  30. ” because the little brat has been growing”

    –they do that.

    REALLY hardcore preppers stock clothes in bigger sizes, eyeglasses they don’t need yet, etc. At least they claim they do.

    I’ll admit that every piece of kid clothing in my ‘daddy bag’ is probably 2 sizes too small. It’s hard to keep up with them.

    Their feet grow like crazy too. “Baby needs a new pair of shoes” took on a whole new meaning for me when I started buying kid’s shoes.

    n

  31. About time:

    tRump tweeting: The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

    Let’s see how Plugs and the ProgLibTurds respond.

    Aren’t about 200 congresspeople (including AOC and the squad) and a couple of Senators members of the Antifa ?

  32. Sweet ! Nice liftoff and nice docking. Now somebody gets to land the thing, hopefully with rockets blazing rather than three parachutes like the Soviet modules.

    Still parachutes, but with a splashdown instead of hitting land like the Soviets do.

    NASA has been quietly funding Sierra Nevada’s space plane, Dreamchaser, supposedly as a cargo only vehicle. I suspect it is a lot more than that given that Sierra Nevada has one of the high bays in the VAB. Lift off vertically on top of a rocket, runway landings.

    If I had to guess, NASA has long known Boeing wasn’t going to deliver anywhere near on-time or possibly ever with the Starliner, but that’s been their racket partner for a long time. One more beak wetting for old times’ sake.

    Boeing still scores with Dreamchaser — it is speced to use the Vulcan rocket Boeing is developing to replace the Delta IV.

    It does make sense to have an alternative to SpaceX.

  33. My sister-in-law is from Austin. She says that all personal homes (except hers) should be demolished and build big apartment buildings. Just like New York City. She just moved to Chicago from Houston but her office is in the suburbs (they have a campus). She wants to move their campus to downtown Chicago, I wonder if she will rethink that goal now.

    I get it about Chicago. The closer you are to where Michigan Avenue crosses the river, the lovlier the city becomes. Streeterville. Northwestern. Michigan Avenue’s “Miracle Mile”. The building complex above Millenium Station. The problem is that the area isn’t the reality of the metro.

  34. My sister-in-law is from Austin. She says that all personal homes (except hers) should be demolished and build big apartment buildings.

    Didn’t the New York City model just fail spectacularly this Spring?

    In Austin, as soon as the kids arrive, the hipsters bug out for Round Rock. Austin ISD is awful.

  35. NASA has been quietly funding Sierra Nevada’s space plane, Dreamchaser, supposedly as a cargo only vehicle. I suspect it is a lot more than that given that Sierra Nevada has one of the high bays in the VAB. Lift off vertically on top of a rocket, runway landings.

    My bad. Orbital ATK, now part of Northrup Grumman, was negotiating for the spare high bay in the VAB.

  36. Well, the pork stuff is resting in the oven. The rice is almost done. I reheated some Pioneer Roast Beef Gravy from a few days ago….

    The front right burner on the range was “popped” up. No, won’t go back down. Pulled it out and nope, won’t go into the socket. WTF? Raised the lid and the socket is pretty much not there. It worked this morning. Anyway, what is left of the socket is in a baggie and I pulled the knob off of that control.

    Meh. Piece of sh!t. Bought it in ’92 and I have to replace the socket AGAIN?

    Pro tip: Don’t pressure can on an electric range.

  37. @paul

    Bought it in ’92 and I have to replace the socket AGAIN?

    They just don’t make 28 year old electric ranges like they used to.

  38. @stevef
    running out of clothes she can wear
    I hate clothes shopping with a passion. I’d (nearly) rather stick my hand in a blender.
    Quality sucks. People suck. Slutwear, logos everywhere. Hate it.

    It’s just as bad clothes shopping for my kiddo. I loved having school uniforms. So easy.

    For regular clothes for kiddo I’ve given up on clothes shops. I get most of her clothes from
    https://www.primary.com/
    The quality is good, the designs simple and fit well and are true to size. They were designed for children doing kid things and hold up to a certain amount of abuse. No logos or asinine characters. I can usually find what we want ‘on sale’ but don’t mind paying full price now and then. They ship fast, even to Alaska, and returns are no stress.
    I recommend them.

  39. Nor do they make 28 year old ranges like they used to…

    Looks like with no work or school tomorrow, things may be getting sporty again tonight. Houston is dreary and drizzling, so maybe that will put a damper on rioting…

    despite the raindrops my kids were in the pool, and having a blast.

    I got some stuff done, just not much.

    n

  40. My sister-in-law is from Austin. She says that all personal homes (except hers) should be demolished and build big apartment buildings.

    Didn’t the New York City model just fail spectacularly this Spring?

    My point exactly. Urban sprawl is good.


  41. My wife volunteered to do all the pool chemistry when she decided to go with salt water chlorination

    Wish I could get my wife interested in same. I popped the top on the Coleman Saluspa and the water was murky and not nice. I looked at a YouTube video on maintaining a hot tub. Not as easy as I had hoped. I have to shock it they said so I got in naked, figured that would be a big shock. The wife pointed out that A: The golfers on the ninth fairway were getting a shock too and B: shocking has something to do with clorine. Ordered a complete chemical kit from Amazon. Looks like I will have to learn more stuff. I had hoped retirement would be easier than this.

  42. I’ve given up reading the Drudge report.
    It’s simply hard left propaganda and talking points.


  43. I’ve given up reading the Drudge report.
    It’s simply hard left propaganda and talking points.

    It’s disconcerting how true this is.

  44. @harold, I spent years maintaining our hot tub when I lived near the beach. LOTS of unwashed bodies, and not a few bodily fluids ended up in that thing.

    Check out bromine based chemistry. It’s a bit more expensive but you don’t use much in a hot tub. It is MUCH easier on your swimwear. And I found it to be so much easier to use than chlorine. I got a “floater” and filled it with the bromine ‘pucks’ and that was really about it, unless we had a big weekend at the house….

    I’m fairly sure I’ll end up doing all the maintenance for the pool, but I don’t know anything about the salt systems, and my wife wanted to go that way. I said that if she wanted to pick the system, she’d have to learn about it and do it. So she agreed. She’s pretty technical and this whole pool thing being her idea, I think she recognized that she didn’t want to add a chore for me. Since all the above ground pool stuff is basically sold out, it will be a while before we can get the salt stuff, unless we get lucky in an auction. Which means I’ll probably be doing the chlorine stuff for the near future. Especially since she seemed surprised to discover that ‘chlorine’ for the pool and ‘chlorine bleach’ and ‘household bleach’ are all the same thing, just (possibly) different concentrations. And that I have 10 gallons of it here already, 6 of them 10% “pool” chlorine. She really couldn’t actually believe that. This despite me telling her when this whole lockdown started where I’d gotten the bleach, and to share with her mom’s club that they could get some there too…

    Maybe it was just one too many things pulled out of the prepper stockpile (hoard), after pulling out a high lift jack (so we could put shims under the pool supports), the plastic we used for the shims, and the patch stuff for the small leak. All grabbed in seconds from exactly where I knew they were…. (ok, finding stuff without looking for it was a bit shocking.) Or finding out I had a spare pump and filter… I know she doesn’t really appreciate the depths of my prepping, but I’ve told her about a lot of it, and I think she should be used to me pulling stuff out of thin air by now.

    nick


  45. It’s disconcerting how true this is.

    I’ve never read Drudge, feeling that the cream would be linked here or one of the other individual sites I read, but it’s pure lefty tactics to embrace and extend, taking over and hollowing out the right’s institutions.

    Fox hasn’t been “right wing” for a long time either.

    n

  46. The official Floyd autopsy doesn’t indicate the cop killed him.

    Doesn’t matter. Restraining someone by kneeling on their neck is not in any police handbook. Anyway, no one trusts the “official” autopsy, and who can blame them? Coming at the same time as the plainclothes, no-knock raid on the wrong house, with subsequent wild shooting by the cops killing a sleeping woman, well…

    The police forces have allowed too many “bad apples” to remain. They have gotten too militarized. And their training quite evidently sucks. Ok, it’s a big country, and the bad stuff makes the headlines, but still…

    The protests were inevitable, and entirely justified. Of course, the protesters were joined by the rioters: people looking for any excuse to loot and burn. Any large-scale protest attracts the idiots, but more-so with US inner-city culture.

    But then, in the past couple of days, there has been a whole litany of further screw-ups. Police have arrested reporters on live television, they have shot a reporter, people standing on their own property, a woman carrying her groceries home. And that’s just the stuff that made the Swiss news.

    I can understand how it happens: scared, under-trained, over-weaponed officers. Understanding doesn’t help. Especially now, when everyone is carrying a camera and can put every incident on the internet, they simply cannot afford further stupidity.

    Given the huge, lawless underclass that has developed in the big cities, there aren’t going to be any easy answers.

  47. Yeah, I remember the late great Mr. OFD talking about cop techniques. The good part of this is: “I feared for my life… BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!” Kill first, ask questions later is a shitty policy.

  48. Divemedic has the dead guy’s rap sheet a couple of posts before that one too.

    n

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