Almost Friday Motes For Thursday

You must follow orders: A majority of the Supreme Court on Monday appeared sympathetic to a web designer who wants to decline to create websites for same-sex weddings, embracing the idea that a state anti-discrimination law cannot compel her to do so. Whatever happened to “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”. But this will be a double edged sword as race/creed/color can and will enter the situation. Sorry, I support the “right to refuse”.

How they do it: Democrats are trying to attach marijuana reform, among other things unrelated to the nation’s defense, to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), delaying the bill’s vote. The House Rules Committee was scheduled to take up the NDAA on Monday. The NDAA has been must-pass legislation for the past 62 years, as it authorizes Pentagon activities and spending. Why don’t we pass a bill that says says anything in a bill  MUST be related to the bill. Example, if it is a school milk bill, don’t attached riders to fund anything that doesn’t pertain to school mik. You know, like this.

Channeling his inner-Mork:  faced yet another worrisome moment as he struggled to pronounce the world “nanochips” during a speech in Phoenix, Arizona. The US President was visiting the site for a new computer chip plant, using it as a chance to emphasise how his policies will contribute to economic growth and create new jobs across the country. The comments had the audience erupt in laughter and applaud the 80-year-old leader who tried to save face. Mr Biden then joked as he feigned stumbling over the words again, adding “nano no-no – I don’t know”, causing more chuckles among the public.

Did you know: December’s full moon is also known as the “cold moon.”

Whose side is he on: George Gascón, the George Soros-funded district attorney of Los Angeles, has issued a policy directive that helps criminal illegal aliens avoid deportation. Silly me, I always thought the DA’s job was to convict criminals, not help them avoid punishment.

But Weinstein is evil: Hollywood writer-director James Toback has reportedly been sued by 38 women who allege he was a “serial sexual predator” who assaulted numerous women over the decades, often luring them with the prospect of being cast in one of his movies. Toback has faced accusations of sexual misconduct since the Los Angeles Times spoke to the same number of women five years ago during the height of the #MeToo movement. Not seeing much on this in the msm. Actually, nothing in the msm. Wonder why. Hmmmm?

Because You Asked, Wednesday Motes

Maybe, maybe not: The remains of the last known Tasmanian tiger – thought lost for 85 years – have been found stashed in the cupboard of an Australian museum. The thylacine died in captivity at Hobart Zoo in 1936 and its body was given to a local museum. However, there are numerous sighting reports from deep farmers in Tasmania. I have commented in the past on the Willam DeFoe movie, The “Hunter”, a really good movie.

The beginning: Moore County( NC) Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a Facebook post on Saturday that just after 7 p.m. on that night, several communities across the county began to experience power outages. Over 40,000 residents were powerless on Sunday afternoon after two substations were taken out by gunfire on Saturday night, according to police. The sheriff gave a few more details about the situation, saying there was extensive damage found at two substations caused by multiple gunshots, which caused power outages primarily in the central and northern portions of the county. Think about how many apocalyptic novels and movies start out with this scenario.

Heroes come in all sizes: A Georgia sheepdog is recovering at home after killing a pack of coyotes that attacked his owner’s flock of sheep, farmer John Wierwiller said. Casper, a 20-month old Great Pyrenees from Decatur, fought off a pack of coyotes who were threatening John Wierwiller’s sheep farm, he said. The fight lasted longer than half an hour, left eight coyotes dead and bloodied Casper, with skin and part of his tail torn off. Though dogs rarely prevail like Casper, packs of coyotes attacking pets have grown somewhat common in rural and growing suburban areas that abut wildlands throughout the United States. As are mountain lion attacks becoming mor2 common. Stay aware, stay safe.

Best line in this weeks Yellowstone; Lloyd; “Yee haw, Real cowboy shit.” Great episode, great line.

Headline: “SOURCES: McConnell Caves to Pelosi, Schumer, Allows JCPA Media Cartel Bailout Bill to Be Included in Defense Package”. What? You expected something different, like a backbone? This is Cocaine Mitch we’re talking about.

Western culture: A suspected Russian deserter dressed in full camouflage and a ski mask opened fire on police officers in Russia’s Rostov region on Tuesday, sparking frantic calls for residents to take cover indoors as a manhunt was underway. The disgruntled gunman was hiding out in a wooded area like Sylvester Stallone’s troubled Vietnam veteran in the original Rambo movie. Witness reported that he came from the direction of the border with Ukraine before opening fire on police officers using a machine gun. I had read the David Morrell book long before the movie. It was a better book.

Tuesday, These Are Your Motes

Did you know: Congress just voted to exempt themselves from IRS auditing of their personal finances to “keep the country stable”. This will allow them to hide bribes, theft, embezzlement, and favoritism. But they still demand President Trump’s records. I don’t want to see the records of a millionaire who was elected, and then lost money. I want to see the records of the President that went into office broke and came out a multi-millionaire.

Passed a special date: We crossed the 5 year anniversary of the largest mass shooting in modern history and the msm doesn’t say a word about it. 58 people died,413 were wounded in over 1000 rounds fired. The motive for the mass shooting is officially undetermined. There was little to no follow-up on the wounded and injured. Lots and lots of unanswered questions in this one. But it doesn’t seem like anyone cares.

About 1,700 seals have been found dead on the Caspian Sea coast in southern Russia, officials said Sunday. The authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan said that it’s still unclear what caused the animals’ deaths, but they likely died of natural reasons. The seals likely died a couple of weeks ago,  there were no signs that they were killed by poachers. Now this happens with whales, and dolphins as well as seals, it’s part of the cycle of life. But watch Uncle Joe and his ilk tell us it’s all about climate change. “Any excuse will do a tyrant”.

Just lost my vote: Former President Donald Trump suggested the “termination” of the United States Constitution could be allowable in response to the bombshell report that the Democrat Party colluded with Twitter to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 election. Not suspension but “termination”. No! NO! NO! There is no justification for that. When that happens, all we will have left is tyranny. That is what the Constitution was written to oppose in the beginning.

Double edged: It looks like they avoided the holiday rail strike by screwing over the railroad workers. This is how Uncle Joe solves problems, he makes a unilateral decision and damn the people it hurts. I didn’t want to see a strike during the holidays, but I don’t like how it was settled.

Weekend play list included First Aid (Swedish sisters, country/folk), Waylon, Kingston Trio, Etta James, and Lady A.

Monday Motes To Ponder

There are always rewards and consequences: The family home of Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi has been demolished, according to the pro-reform news outlet IranWire, after she rose to international prominence this fall for competing with her head uncovered. Rekabi competed without her hijab in South Korea in October, just as anti-regime protests swept Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police for allegedly not wearing her hijab properly. Footage obtained by CNN from IranWire shows a destroyed structure and medals on the ground. The video clip also shows Rekabi’s brother, Davood, crying. It was reported he had been pepper sprayed prior to the home being demolished. Consequences.

There’s law, but not justice: A northern California robbery suspect won’t face murder charges in the deadly shooting of a gas station clerk in Antioch last weekend since the suspect allegedly returned fire at the clerk — which, under the law, can be considered self-defense. The robber is not being charged with murder because the killing can be considered self-defense, KTVU said. Instead, the suspect was charged with robbery, possession of stolen property, and a firearm enhancement. This may be law, but it certainly isn’t justice. I guess this means if the cop shoots first, it’ll be “self-defense”. Wrong, just damn wrong.

 It’s not my fault: Socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro announced at an international press conference on Wednesday that he would not support “free and fair” elections in Venezuela until all sanctions imposed upon his regime were first rescinded.  Maduro has been usurping the presidency of the South American nation since January 2019, when his last legitimate six-year term ended.  So, he won’t let his country go forward unless all the other countries fall in line. See, it’s really not his fault. It’s all those other countries that won’t do as he says. It’s their fault.

Happy Birthday to Jonathan. The Seychelles giant tortoise is about to celebrate his 190th birthday with a three-day bash. Maybe there is something to taking life slow and easy.

It’s not about that: Republicans racked up big wins in more than a dozen state legislatures this fall — and now they’re planning to use their expanded power to crack down on abortions come January. Would somebody please tell them it’s not about abortions. That’s a states issue, leave it the hell alone. Start doing something about inflation, sky high prices, lack of adequate medical services, lack of heating oil, gas prices, employment, and crime. Please!!

The headline says it all: “I’m a farmer drag queen who sleeps with my 11 pigs – they’re my kids”. Sorry, I got nothing to top this.

This is the smoke plume from the volcano from about 37 miles away. As the crow flies.

Sunday Rant – D T I

26 Nov 22

“It never troubles a wolf how many the sheep be!” 

Plato

“Jugging”

“Jugging” is the new term used to describe what have been otherwise called “follow-home-robberies”

With crime currently breaking all records, complements of the JRB Administration, it is not surprising to hear about an exponentially worsening plague of violent, follow-home robberies occurring during this holiday season, particularly in liberal-run metro areas.

Specifically targeted are elderly and women with children. The most dangerous time is when the victim is approaching their vehicle, or when exiting the vehicle upon arrival home.

Victims are often seriously injured/murdered in the process, and cars themselves are frequently stolen (sometimes with children still inside), along with purses and other personal items.

In addition, Mexican drug cartels, in an effort to supplement their illegal drug income, have routinely kidnapped Mexican citizens and tourists alike and held them for ransom. This has been going on in Mexico for decades.

Now, they’ve extended operations into the USA. Phoenix, AZ has acquired the dubious title of “kidnap capitol” Cartel operatives there are now brazenly kidnapping both legals and illegals, with little fear of interference.

I disagree with advice rendered by “officials” in media interviews when they suggest that there is safety in traveling in groups. It’s pretty clear that violent criminals (who often operate in packs themselves) are not dissuaded by CCTV, the presence of witnesses, etc.

Violent criminals are completely confident that woke politicians are solidly on their side, and they are oh-so right!

What does dissuade violent criminals, without fail, is the likelihood of defensive gunfire. When confronted with the unexpected presence of guns in the hands of “victims,” violent criminals abruptly stop their aggression and flee like mice!

Critically understaffed, de-funded police departments, combined with pro-criminal, woke prosecutors (again, courtesy of leftist politicians), by comparison, represent only a minor deterrent!

More than ever, we’re on our own!

/John

You must be aware at all times, especially when you’re in your “safe” area/zone.

Saturday Story

BAD JUJU

His name was Kenneth Tolsma, we all called him “Doc”. He had gone to medical school at Northwestern University. He was the officially one of the last Baron’s of Friesland; he was the last male in his line which made him the Baron.

Like the legendary Doc Holiday, he was a highly educated, extremely well read, and physically frail man who knew his life would be short. He was fearless, socially challenged and as loyal as a friend and brother as any man could ever hope to have in his life.

He was the dying Doc Holiday to my disgraced but determined to do right Wyatt Earp. I loved him like he was my own blood.

Being classically educated, Doc spoke more languages than most people have heard. With an IQ that was almost off the charts. Doc started medical school when he was just 18. Yes I said medical school.

A classical education meant he spoke English. He spoke English with a Dutch accent, so for many months I assumed he was South African, especially since he also spoke Afrikaans.

As a physician he had no bedside manner. He was gruff and really didn’t like sick people. He became a doctor because it was “expected” of him by his parents, whom he didn’t like either. So his specialty was neurology, and since he was color-blind it was better that he diagnosed rather than treated so the medical interaction between he and patients was as little as possible.

At various times, he was the Honolulu City and County physician, attending physician at the Hyperbaric Treatment Center, an insurance medical evaluation doctor, and he really wanted to be a chef. He could cook, just no desserts.

That’s not right, he’d make incredible desserts, but as a diabetic he couldn’t eat what he cooked.

Like Earp’s Holiday, my Doc was cursed with a lingering death sentence, he was insulin dependent diabetic. He was convinced he would not grow old. He’d live his life on his terms.

Doc stopped playing competitive chess and took up backgammon because chess took too long to win any money. And with backgammon, it was quicker, and he did win money.

At the time, backgammon was enjoying popularity and lots of people thought they could play. Most of them did not understand it was a mathematical problem solving exercise, it was never a game. Especially when there was money involved. Doc understood and usually won.  

He did enjoy chess, but the local players mostly bored him, so he played opponents over the internet when not attending chamber patients.

One night we walked into the bar and walked pass a woman playing a small electric chess game. We both stopped and looked on several minutes. I simply looked at Doc and stated, “Black mate in seven”, and walked away. I sat at our usual table and ordered a beer.

Doc stood there staring at the chess board for several minutes, when he finally walked to the table the look on his face can only be described as perplexed “James” he started out. “I just don’t see the black mate in seven. What do you see that I don’t?”

This was perfect. I took a long slow pull of my beer, smiled and told him; “Hell Doc I’m just messing with you. I couldn’t see check mate if there were only 2 pieces on the board. But she’ll spend the rest of the night looking for it.”

“Oh”

Doc got mad at me a couple of times, mostly when I’d get in a fight and he wasn’t around. He’d still stich me up in the back parking lot of wherever and bitch the whole time.

As the years went by he got frailer and didn’t monitor his insulin as close as he should have. We’d usually have trouble when we were in Vegas for the club’s New Year’s party. It got to the point we’d get him a room at the hotel/casino of the party and then I’d nag him all night.

Doc had studied fencing, judo, wrestling, and liked shooting. Kinda violent activities for a doctor, but he was that sort of a doctor. He once broke another interns arm. It was in an ER and Doc was working on an injured gang member when the intern grabbed his arm from behind.  Not a good thing to do when the grabee is on edge anyway.

I’ve said what a friend Doc was. He was my brother in all but blood.  I use this story to illustrate what a brother will do.

I had just received a troubling phone call regarding “someone” looking for me at my favorite bar. There was no name but there was a hint that it was a member of another 1% club and it was about a dealer I knew and they were looking for.

I called Doc with the intention of soliciting some advice. I always valued Doc’s advice, even if I didn’t follow it.

Doc was home, and unusually he was almost sober. Almost.

I explained the situation and the people involved. I covered my possible actions and the possible responses to each.

Finally doc asked, “James, how bad can this get?” I hemmed and hawed for a moment then replied, “Well, could get heep bad juju.”

“Click”

I turned to my wife and said “the son-of-a-bitch just hung up on me.”

We both laughed and I waited for the call back figuring he had hit the wrong button on his cell phone, again.

Twenty or so minutes later there was a knock at the door. There stood Doc, overnight bag with 3 days of clothes, thermos kit with his insulin and diabetic supplies, and a .357 magnum hanging under his arm.

His only question, “Where do I sleep?”

It took me a while to explain to him this wouldn’t splash onto my family. Once I explained the facts I didn’t want to say on the phone, he understood, recalled the cab he had taken up to our house and went home.

The point, he showed up ready for whatever happened without my asking him. That’s a man ready to put his life on the line for his “Brother”.

We lost Doc a few years ago. But he will always be in my heart and memory. Seldom does a day go by that I don’t think of him.

I’ll continue to tell this story to anyone who needs an explanation of the words Heart, Friend, and Brother.

Friday Motes, Like Usual

Gotta see this one: The trailer for a new movie called “Cocaine Bear” was released on Wednesday, and the film’s title is not a metaphor or clever wordplay: The movie is about a bear high on cocaine. The story about a high bear is very real. Its lore is likely to grow with the movie. What happened to the bear in its final days, or hours, after the cocaine binge is a mystery, but the origins of the cocaine are not. Mr. Thorton was a known drug smuggler and a former police officer. He was found dead the morning of Sept. 11, 1985, in the backyard of a house in Knoxville, Tenn., wearing a parachute and Gucci loafers. He also had several weapons and a bag containing about 35 kilograms of cocaine. I remember the incident so yeah, I’ll watch this onre.

The innocent pay: A car hit a mother and her four children on a Brooklyn street Wednesday, but so far no one has been arrested. At least two of the victims suffered serious injuries after police say the driver of a 2016 white Mercedes-Benz ran a stop sign and a school bus stop sign that afternoon near Avenue J and New York Avenue. The mother was crossing the street after collecting her eight-year-old child and five-year-old child, who had just gotten off their school bus when they were hit by a car whose driver kept on going. A few blocks away law enforcement had reportedly tried to pull over a white Mercedes, but the driver fled, continuing on Avenue J before going past the stop sign and allegedly hitting the victims. I’ve been watching the new “On Patrol-Live” and noticed the supervisors are calling off “pursuits” the moment the traffic, pedestrian and vehicle, starts being a factor. As they should.

Really green: The armed forces of India published videos this week showing the nation’s soldiers ordering birds of prey known as “kites” to seize and destroy small drones mid-air. the Indian military’s war birds, identifying them as trained eagles who can spot small drones and snatch them out of the sky. Now that’s really going green.

Help wanted ad: “Do you have what it takes to do the impossible? A virulent vehemence for vermin? A background in urban planning, project management, or government? And most importantly, the drive, determination and killer instinct needed to fight the real enemy – New York City’s relentless rat population?” The position’s qualifications range from the mundane (a bachelor’s degree or experience in urban planning) to the outlandish (a “swashbuckling attitude, crafty humor, and a general aura of badassery”). The position could pay anywhere from $120,000 to $170,000 a year and requires three references. Pretty good pay for a “Rat Czar”.

A proper solution: Dr. Eric Andrew Salata, 54,  a board-certified physician was accused of raping his patients at his office in Naples, Florida while they were under anesthesia. He was reportedly found dead in a ditch with a gunshot wound to his head. 

Motes For Little Friday

In response to the relentless trend of terrifying subway attacks (and other street crime) in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams issued new guidance on Tuesday that allows the NYPD, fire department, and social workers to involuntarily commit people suffering from a “mental health crisis.” The order will grant city and state officials the ability to force anyone who appears to be struggling with mental health issues or who is unable to care for themselves into treatment, even if that individual does not pose a danger to the public. A couple of points here.  The words that jump out are “involuntary”, “force anyone who appear” and “doe not pose a danger”. This will turn out as well as the no-bail system.

New York Times columnist David Brooks said he “would be willing to give up certain privacies” in order to have “European style,” strict gun control in America for “protecting the common good.” Brooks — who’s spent much of his career as a political conservative, yet wrote last year that “to be a conservative today, you have to oppose much of what the Republican Party has come to stand for”.  Hey Davey, baby, Ahhh NO. You give up some of your privacy, for oh say 10-15 years. Then we’ll talk. Until then, SDASTFU.

 What are they trying to hide?: This really happened. As Fox News reported more prosaically Tuesday, “President Biden’s rented Secret Service vehicles (5) burst into flames in a parking lot Monday, just one day after he left his Nantucket vacation.” That’s right, all five of the cars that the Secret Service used to allow President Let Them Eat Cake to joyride around Nantucket on yet another one of his endless vacations caught fire. What the heck is going on here?  “The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.”  This story is barely making a ripple in the msm. It’ll be entirely forgotten by Friday.

W T F? : Why is Sam Bankman-Fried walking around? Why hasn’t he done the prep walk? The disgraced founder of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX has denied rumours he has fled around the same time $US600 million was siphoned from its digital wallets after being “hacked”. Well over $12b dollars missing and he is still having a party in Bermuda.

Gas, Hilo Hawaii, 11/29/22.

I’ll be using this as my base from now on. What are you paying?

Happy Birthday to my Brother Mike Woundy, Miss ya man.

Mid-Weak Motes

Is nothing sacred: Four Buddhist monks in Thailand have been shipped off to rehab after they all tested positive for meth. The holy men — including the temple’s abbot, or head monk — failed the drug tests in the Phetchabun province’s Bung Sam Phan district on Monday. Police forced the monks to undergo urine tests after they raided the temple as part of the province’s crackdown on drugs. They were also immediately booted from the monkhood in the wake of their positive tests — leaving their tiny temple without any religious leaders.

Not the answer: Viewership for award shows, (Grammys ACMs etc.) have fallen drastically. So, the Oscars have decided to lengthen the show by showing all 23 categories.  The ever so not funny Jimmy Kimmel will host the non-event. I won’t be watching either.

Listen to what I mean, not what I say: The president has said repeatedly that he wants to ban assault weapons, but on Thanksgiving when he was in Nantucket, he said: “The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons in this country today is sick.” WH spokesperson Jean-Pierre says, “No. He was talking about assault weapons. That’s what he was talking about on that morning or afternoon when he was asked that question.” It seems the WH spokesperson spends most of her time denying reporters the privilege of asking questions, and trying to explain what Uncle Joe really means.

Headline, Daily Beast: “It’s Sickening How Many Guns Were Sold On Black Friday”. That’s right, it is sickening that none of them were mine.

The view from my front porch 11/28/22

Yes, that is the reflection from the volcano on the other end of the island. Awesome, and more than a little scary.