Motes For Second Monday

 Hate to point out:  CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers said Tuesday on “The Lead” that Democrats in the Senate opposing changing the filibuster to pass voting legislation were “on the side” of segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace. Hey Baky Baby, George Wallace WAS a Democrat.

A good ending: An Oklahoma man allegedly crashed into a KFC and then drove through a number of yards before driving into an occupied house. The suspect allegedly crashed his car into a Chickasha, Oklahoma, home early Tuesday, assaulted the woman who lived in the home. The suspect was in reverse when he drove his car against the home. The suspect then allegedly exited his vehicle and ” began banging on a neighbor’s windows.” The good news is he was then shot dead by her husband.

They know what’s best: College students in Arizona are reportedly considering going on a second hunger strike in a desperate push to make Congress pass the leftist “Freedom to Vote Act.” A student at Arizona State told Fox News in an interview that her organization, Un-PAC, is considering the extreme form of protest if the bill does not get passed by Jan. 17. Personally, I don’t care if they starve or hold their breath until they turn blue and pass out. They have no business demanding the rest of the county follow their idea of fairness. Just like I have no right to demand they shut the freak up. So, I won’t.

It was murder: Ashli Babbitt was gunned down in cold blood:  She was 98 pounds and had no weapons. She posed no eminent threat. In August 2021, Lt. Mike Byrd was exonerated for killing Ashli Babbitt in cold blood. He gave no warning, he ran from the scene of the crime, he shot an unarmed woman dead who posed no threat. Police Lt. Michael Byrd was never formally interviewed by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department before being cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt. An PD spokesperson confirmed that Byrd did not cooperate with internal affairs or FBI agents. Wait ! Wait! Wait! He did not make a written statement after discharging his weapon resulting in a civilian death? And he did not co-operate with an Internal Affairs investigation? Or the fbi? This defies everything I have learned about a police shooting. Certainly different treatment than any I went through.

Just freakin’ wrong:  A Circuit Judge, Thomas Wingate, informed a defendant during his sentencing that he could have his jail time waived if he decided to join the U.S. military. Considering the 28 y-o individual WAS a county jail guard found guilty of sexually assaulting an inmate, in his custody, after transporting her to the hospital, I don’t think the U.S. military wants anything to do with this guy. I sure as hell wouldn’t want him in my unit. He made his mistake, now let him live with it. Besides, do really think this person should be trusted? Should this man possibly be put on charge and lead U.S. soldiers? No, I didn’t think so.

Hope You Had A Good Weekend Motes

The yellow BS flag tossed: As she watched rioters break into the U.S. Capitol last January 6, MSNBC host Joy Reid has revealed her greatest worry was that the mob would vandalize the Black History Museum, because the protests were “deeply rooted in anti-blackness.” “I can remember every moment of that day, really, and thinking to myself, ‘My God I hope that these marauding masses of MAGA supporters don’t find the Black History Museum and ransack it.’ Sorry, nobody thinks like that. Nobody thinks in alliteration. Not even her. Of course, Reid also said “There is absolutely zero, none, zero evidence that BLM has ever pushed for anything violent, pushed for anything violent to happen to police,” which tells me she likes to live in this wonderful little fantasy world where reality doesn’t matter.

Correct term: I’m hearing people correct themselves and others by saying those crossing the border, without proper legal papers, are now to be referred to as “undocumented”. Yes, that could be an accurate term. Since there criminal laws against this still on the books and supposedly enforceable, the correct term is :

l·le·gal  /i(l)ˈlēɡəl/

adjective; contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

a·li·en  /ˈālēən/

noun; a foreigner, especially one who is not a naturalized citizen of the country where they are living.

As long as there are immigration laws on the books, illegal Alien IS the correct term.

No more apple, now just the stick: The premier of the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec announced Tuesday that adult residents who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will be charged a financial penalty. Premier Francois Legault said not getting vaccinated leads to consequences for the health care system and not all Quebecers should pay for that. The same argument they used to use demanding full time helmet use. Again, this is about control. And only control.

How’d you like to pay this guys gas bill?

You don’t know you know her: If you have a dollar bill in your wallet, there’s a good chance it bears the name of Rosa “Rosie” Rios. She might be partially responsible for any brand-new quarters in your pocket, too. Rios pushed for legislation that eventually became the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act. Now she is claiming the new Maya Angelou quarters could inspire ‘a lot of future leaders’. So looking at a quarter in your pocket will “inspire” you? I doubt that very much, especially with the current coin issue. People aren’t carrying coins, so there is a seeming shortage. But, ” There Is No Shortage”, it’s just a circulation issue.

Actually, I wasn’t: In case you were wondering, prolific filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is still in the Zorro business. Rodriguez’s interest in the character of Zorro goes back a good while. In 2020 came news of a potential Zorro TV series he was working on with Sofia Vergara at NBC; it was to follow an underground artist who “fights for social justice as a contemporary version of the mythical Zorro” and runs afoul of criminals in the process. It’s looking like Rodriguez might finally get to make his Zorro show at the CW, since the network is now developing “a gender-swapped reimagining of the classic masked vigilante character.” In other words, Zorro will be female. Not a new idea, it was done in the 50’s, but was still set in the old west. And never consider the 1981 “Zorro;The Gay Blade” as an actual Zorro movie. This is right up there with the new “Equalizer”, which I don’t watch. As far as the “new” “Zorro”, probably no as well.

Sunday Rant

The current attitudes of “duly elected” prosecutors is beyond puzzling.

First are the “no bail” decisions. Bail is to ensure those charged with criminal acts return to the court jurisdiction at the required time. With no bail, there is little to no incentive from the accused to show to answer their charges. Especially those charged with serious felonies. So they don’t show up. The number of outstanding warrants, is staggering. The news is saturated with stories of accused criminals committing numerous serious crimes (rape, assault, weapons use, kidnapping) AFTER being released with no bail.

Then there is the “shorter or no prison time”. That just puts them on the street sooner. “Long prison terms don’t accomplish anything.” Yes, they do. A long prison term means that the convicted person is not committing crimes for the years he’s locked up. He may consider this before continuing a “life of crime”. That is good.

Then we must “rehabilitate” prisoners and improve their “job” skills. I don’t want the con-man getting his law degree while in prison. I don’t want the burglar becoming a plumber’s apprentice while in prison. They want it that bad, go to training after you get out. Or better yet, do it instead of committing the crime and going to prison. Prison is not supposed to be a rehab or a training school, or a taxpayer paid college education. Prison is supposed to be punishment for crimes for which the incarcerated has charged and convicted.

And finally, the “capital punishment is not a deterrent” argument. We don’t know that it isn’t. The only people asked, were one’s already convicted. They are the ones saying the idea of a death penalty didn’t stop them. We can’t ask people; “Did knowing there was a death penalty stop you from killing someone?” My thought is, if convicted and executed, the criminal won’t do it again. That’s a good thing.

Narrow view, yep. Prove me wrong. Doubtful.

Saturday Story 2/5

Billy’s Tavern

Smoker had been on the road for what seemed like an eternity, when he saw the lights up ahead.
“Billys Tavern”

The bar was a cinder block building, like the kind you often find in the wide spot of the road.
  After being on the road for so long, Smoker didn’t plan to stop at Billy’s, but the sign “cold beer” was exactly what the doctor ordered, so Smoker decided to take a break for the monotony of the road.
So he stopped, and after a good stretch, he made his way inside and was impressed at how clean the place was. A real change from the places Smoker usually stopped.
  The place was very familiar, and he wondered if he had ever been there before. Deciding to get something in his stomach to go along with the “cold beer”, Smoker was surprised when the bartender already had the beer drawn and sitting in front of a stool at the bar.
  “A cold Bud, draft, right?” said the bartender.
Smoker just nodded. Then the bartender didn’t ask if Smoker wanted to eat, he just described the sandwich and told Smoker it would be ready in a minute.
  Deciding to go with the flow, Smoker again just nodded and started on the beer. The sandwich that was delivered was big and thick and the beer cold. At this stage of the trip, that was all he wanted anyway.
  That and just some plain quiet.
  Since Smoker was the only one there besides the bartender, everything was working out just fine.
  Over the next 20 minutes, he ate his meal methodically. Appearing as if in a trance, it was clear that the road was taking a toll on him.
As he sat there, Smoker considered ordering another beer, but instead took out three photos that had been occupying his wallet, a long time.
  The first was a picture of a much younger man. The guy in the picture didn’t look much like the bearded, gaunt man staring back from the barroom mirror.
Proudly wearing a U.S. military uniform, smiling with a bright light to his eyes, standing with a lovely, young and very pregnant woman and, what was then a brand new Harley, the young man in the picture was far away from the man peering at his past.
  The words on the back, Smoker knew by heart,
  “Mary, baby, and me, 1989”. It seemed like a hundred years ago.
  The second picture was of the same young man, only this time there didn’t seem to be any light in his eyes. He was skinny and drawn, and showed signs of too much time squinting at a too bright sun reflecting off of too much white sand.
  Mary was there too. She still looked lovely, albeit a little older. Smoker wondered what she might have looked like today.
This picture had been taken just after Smoker had returned from the desert the first time. The aftermath of that tour was plainly etched on his face, but those stress lines couldn’t compare to the internal scars he carried.
  He didn’t even bother to turn the tattered photo. Like the first one, he knew the words by heart.
  Finally, Smoker pulled out the last tattered photo. It was of the girl. A woman now, she shared the shot with a young boy.
Smoker didn’t look at the picture too long, and instead turned it over and looked at the back. The front image was just too painful. It felt as if it were taken just a moment ago.
  The cancer pain was clearly displayed on the woman’s face…the picture taken just months before the end…another important time he wasn’t there.
  The words on the back were a little out of pocus. Maybe there was something in the air that irritated Smoker’s eyes, maybe it was a tear.
  “Your son James 5th B-Day Sept 14, 1994” it read.
The bartender came out from the back of the bar and started polishing bottles. Smoker didn’t see any dust, but the guy kept polishing anyway. Suddenly Smoker spoke up,
  “Hey!”, he exclaimed, his voice little more than a croak. “What day is it?”
  “Thursday”. Replied the bartender.
  “No man,” Smoker answered. “I mean what day of the month? Hell. What month, and you might throw in the year just to be safe”. Smoker had been on the road for quite a while.
  The bartender put down the clean bottle he was polishing and looked at the man sitting at his bar.
  “You never been in here before, have ya?” asked the bartender.
  “No”, replied Smoker. While turning the thought over in his head.
  I’m pretty sure I ain’t. By the way, how did you know what I wanted when I came in?”
  “My name is Billy, this is my place, and I know whatever I need to know about anybody that comes in my front door,” he said with authority.
It didn’t seem to be an answer as much as it was a statement of fact.
  “And to answer you first question, today is Thursday, August 31st, 2006”.
Smoker did some quick math in his head and then asked, 
  “How far is it to Seattle?”
Billy scratched his head, and answered with a question.
 “Is that ’89 of yours running pretty good?”
Smoker just nodded. He didn’t remember telling the guy what year his bike was. Hell, he never even mentioned he was on a bike.
  “Well, if you can take the ride, it shouldn’t take you more than 4 hard days ride to get there”, added Billy.
Smoker again did the math in his head. If it took four day’s to get there, that would leave him ten days to find Mary’s parents and celebrate his son’s birthday.  That was something he hadn’t done since…well, in a long time.
  “You want that other beer now”, asked the bartender. Funny, Smoker noticed he didn’t seem to be reaching for anything to put a beer in.
  “Nope”, answered Smoker. “I got a birthday party to go to. Thanks for the hospitality, maybe I’ll see you again.”
  Smoker put on his leather jacket and walked out the door. Moments later Billy heard the sound of a big twin start up and head down the road. Billy leaned against the bar and looked at the cash register and the faded picture taped to the mirror.
  There was a big shiny red Indian motorcycle parked under a shady tree. Standing next to it was a smiling young woman, a small child, and the man that would become Billy. A picture taken what seemed a thousand years ago. Softly touching the picture, and staring out the window, Billy’s shoulders seemed to shrink just a little as he listened to the fading sound of the motorcycle in the distance.
  “Vya Con Dios, Amigo”, he whispered softly under his breath. “Go with God my friend.” turning slowly he went back to polishing the clean bottles and glasses….

It’s Frriiidddaaayyyy Motes

He’s somebody: Alec Baldwin took to Instagram on Saturday to shut down claims that he’s not complying with the ongoing shooting investigation. In his recent Instagram post, Baldwin added that handling the warrant “takes time,” especially when it’s being dealt between authorities of two different states — New Mexico and New York, where Baldwin lives. Funny, whenever I’ve served or been served with a search warrant, you complied right freakin’ now. “The notion that there was a live round in that gun did not dawn on me until 45 minutes or an hour later.” What the hell did you think that big bang was Alec? In concluding his message, Baldwin expressed his desire to continue with the investigation and ultimately, unearth the truth,” regardless of what they say in these right-wing rag sheets.” The “rag sheets” don’t say anything Alec. You failed to follow simple safety rules, you pulled the trigger, the gun went bang, and someone died. Seems pretty simple to me. But then, I’m nobody.

Can anyone explain to me how having the federal government taking over will improve “voting rights”?

Hope for a quick and full recovery:  Former adult film actress, and full time Hawaii resident, Jenna Jameson revealed Monday that she’s suffering from the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome. The 47-year-old model’s partner Lior Bitton shared on her Instagram account over the weekend that she was in the hospital because she was ‘not feeling so good,’ though her condition deteriorated to the point that she wasn’t able to walk. The CDC describes Guillain-Barré as a rare autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system begins to attack the nerves, causing muscle weakness, which can lead to paralysis in extreme cases. Most people are expected to recover within weeks, but the condition can sometimes drag on for years, and it can even be fatal in rare cases. Hope she recovers quickly and completely.

Gonna have to stand in line: The Justice Department is creating a unit focused on domestic terrorism. Olsen said he created a specialized unit focused on domestic terrorism due to a growing threat of ‘anti-authority’ ideologies. “We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anit-authority ideologies,” Olsen said. He isn’t talking about BLM or Antifa. So, if you are “anti-government and anti-authority”, and not a “person of color”, you’re a terrorist and the doj is coming for you.

You think not? : The Army just announced that a “realistic” guerrilla war will be fought across two dozen North Carolina counties in the coming weeks, with young soldiers battling seasoned “freedom fighters”. Called Robin Sage, the exercise serves as a final test and it places candidates in “a politically unstable country” known as Pineland. So now they are practicing putting down “unstable” countries. I didn’t know that was a US Army job. 2 and 2 still equals four, even if they repeatedly tell you it’s 3.

Local sign with a sense of humor.

Why is it ?: When Adele sings about talking to the voices in her head it’s a great song. When I do it people get nervous, ask me if I’m taking my meds, and slowly move away? Just asking.

Hilo weekend. Lawn, dogs, beer, and music. What’s not to like? Enjoy the story and rant.

Disgusting news: Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon (RMHBC) — a facility supporting sick kids receiving specialized care in Vancouver for nearly 40 years — will be requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for children ages five and older. RMHBC describes itself as a place “filled with hope and love, built on the belief that keeping family together is an essential part of healing children with serious illness,” however as of January 17, unvaccinated children and families will no longer be included.“How absolutely evil,” Austin Fergasun can be heard telling an RMHBC manager. Ferguson has a four-year-old son with leukemia who will be evicted from the facility. It seems to me , a child with leukemia has enough problems as it is. Ronald McDonald, you just lost my $$.

Thursday Motes, Friday Is Close

Saw this coming: The IRS said Monday it would start accepting 2021 federal tax returns on Monday, January 24. They also announced that “Refunds” will be delayed. Maybe because the country is broke? But just try and delay your “fair share”. They’ll be on your doorstep the next day. Especially if Uncle Joe gets to hire his 87,000 additional IRS “investigators”.

“Don’t do stupid things”: According to his wife, James Williams, a 46-year-old father of five from Canton, Ohio, was firing celebratory gunshots into the air shortly after midnight New Year’s Day when his life abruptly came to an end. Marquetta Williams said she was standing only a foot or two away from her husband when he was struck by the police gunfire while shooting an AR-15. He was rushed to a nearby hospital with multiple gunshot wounds but died shortly after he arrived. The wife is claiming the shooting off un-aimed rounds is something of a holiday tradition in the neighborhood. There appears to be some evidence the police acted out of policy, but it also appears Williams stepped in and out of the house twice to spray gunfire into the air.  I wonder what the wife would say to the family of a toddler struck by one of those falling bullets her husband fired for “neighborhood tradition.”

Police Officer, and Mother, Ella French begged for her life. He killed her just because he could.

I’m sure the protests will start any day now. Any day.

Getting’ worse: I’ve made a number of comments regarding the COVID situation in Australia with camps, arrests and violence. Well, Austrian police are to considerably ramp up checks regarding COVID restrictions. The crackdown will even go as far as deploying plainclothes police to the streets to catch out those who might attempt to go about their daily business while avoiding officers. While authorities in the country have already reportedly done 1.6 million checks since the start of the nation’s “Corona Apartheid ‘lockdown of unvaccinated individuals, Austria’s Interior Minister Gerhard Karner has said they will be ramped up even further. One such measure includes the checking of every person entering most shops for proof of vaccination or recovery in order to prevent those without COVID papers from accessing retail services. You vill show your papers, ya.

This needs to be faced, discussed, and solved: Nearly twice as many members of the U.S. military died of suicide over three months this year (July-Sept) than have died of covid during the entire pandemic, new Pentagon suicide report for Q3 shows. According to data released by the Pentagon, 163 service members committed suicide in Q3 of 2021 which broke down into 70 active service members, 56 reserve members, and 37 members of the National Guard. Add to that, 20 veterans  take their own lives, every day. Currently the military is heavily invested in blathering about equity, climate change, and dealing with major extremism within the ranks. Dear Woke command staff, do you know what would be extreme? Pulling your heads out of your ass and realizing that YOU have been the ones driving military morale into the gutter these past years.

This is not a drill. Repeat. This is not a drill.

Hawaii joke.

It’s Not Friday Yet Motes

Pay attention, it’s coming to you: The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has ordered the arrest of unvaccinated people who violate stay-at-home orders aimed at curbing “galloping” coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant. Coronavirus vaccinations are voluntary in the nation of more than 100 million people, and less than half the population have so far completed their jabs.

Nose coffee: In checking the “American Spectator” a headline caught my eye. “Hillary Clinton: The Greasy Pole Beckons Again”. The first image that popped into my mind was of Hilly pole dancing. I nose-sprayed coffee all over my keyboard.

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He speaks for “his” people, not the electorate: Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said during the January 6 Day of Remembrance and Action candlelight vigil that Republicans are the “shrinking minority party standing with the most authoritarian, fascistic elements of the whole country.” Raskin opened his speech at the candlelight vigil to claim that many pro-law enforcement Americans are “phony.” The event, which Antifa partly organized, was attended by representatives of over 100 “activist” groups. If it weren’t for double standards, they wouldn’t have any.

Why, just why: Two deputies from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office took their own lives, leaving behind a 1-month-old son. According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Clayton Osteen tried to kill himself on New Year’s Eve, shortly before midnight. He was taken to the hospital and removed from life support on Jan. 2. Officials said Deputy Victoria Pacheco took her own life after learning of Osteen’s death. Osteen, a SWAT team member, was named Deputy of the Year in 2020 and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. To date there has been no “reason” identified. This is just a horrible waste. I just can’t wrap my head around this. Just can’t

Colleterial pandemic problems: Conscripts in Norway have been ordered to return their underwear, bras and socks after the end of their military service so that the next group of recruits can use them. The Norwegian military said Monday that it is struggling with dwindling supplies, in part due to the pandemic. Military service is mandatory for both men and women in Norway and lasts between 12 and 19 months. Until recently, the roughly 8,000 young men and women who every year do their military service returned their outer clothing but were allowed to leave barracks with the underwear and socks.

Weekend movie: “Skin Trade”. After his family is murdered, a detective (Dolph Lundgren) tracks the culprit (Ron Perlman) to Thailand and teams up with a Thai agent (Tony Jaa) to bring him to justice and take down his human-trafficking ring. Some great martial arts, a little short on story, acting about what you’d expect, but pretty good Saturday beer and Cheetos movie.

Binged on “Cobra Kai”. Yeah. I remember seeing the “Karate Kid” when it came out. Yeah, I’m that old.

Big Tuesday Motes

A sad announcement: Tom T. Hall’s death at 85 last summer was ruled as a suicide by officials with the Williamson County Medical Examiner’s office. Hall’s ‘manner of death was ruled a suicide,’ a spokesperson for the office confirmed to media. Authorities said Hall ‘had sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, to the head’ and was pronounced dead less than 20 minutes later when paramedics and police responded to a 911 call, according to the blog “Saving Country Music”. Hall, the fourth son of an ordained minister, was born near Olive Hill, Kentucky, in a log cabin built by his grandfather. He started playing guitar at age four and wrote his first song by the time he was nine. It has been said; “He wrote without judgment or anger, offering a rhyming journalism of the heart that sets his compositions apart from any other writer.” There has been no indication as to why. I’m lucky enough to have a Tom.T.Hall picture and a copy of his autobio, both signed. A sad thing indeed.

Don’t go in the water: Four bathers have been killed and over 20 people injured in a spate of ferocious piranha attacks causing alarm in Paraguay. A 22-year-old man died after he was badly bitten by the predators as he swam in the Paraguay river, south of the capital Asuncion, January 2. It is unusual for piranhas to be so aggressive and yet there have been numerous attacks in the region. Piranhas normally move around in groups and it is the male piranha that normally attacks to protect their young while the bites are underwater with the predator not jumping as is often shown in terror films. Well, at least they’re not in Hawaii.

Don’t believe your lying eyes: Antonio Brown said Wednesday that he was suffering from a serious ankle injury and was unable to reenter the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., against the New York Jets. The wide receiver discarded his jersey on the sideline and left the field shirtless only after being told that he was done with the team, he said.” I was cut. I didn’t walk away from my brothers. I was thrown out. Being fired on the sideline for having a painful injury was bad enough. Then came their ‘spin.’ Coach denied on national television that he knew about my ankle. That’s 100 [percent] inaccurate.” Watching his sideline dance as he ran off the field, it sure looked like that ankle  was really bad hurting.

As a nation, we are bored: A now viral video of Elmo from “Sesame Street” being driven to the edge of his sanity by a rock is downright cathartic. The video of Elmo unleashing his inner rage-fueled Cookie Monster has gained so much momentum on Twitter in the past few days that Elmo even felt compelled to respond to the clip online Wednesday, informing his fans that he and Zoe have gotten past this hurdle in their friendship and have learned how to share. Although Elmo’s jealousy has been going on for years, seeing it shared with the masses at this moment feels really comforting. During a time when everyone is spouting all kinds of beliefs that may not be rooted in any kind of reality, it’s really nice to see a puppet call  out another puppet for its b.s. If you really want a hardy laugh, Google the “The Great Cookie Monster Thread”, all about Cookie and his “mercenary” days.

Here We Go Again Motes

Will this madness never cease: Rio de Janeiro has canceled street parades and parties during its world-famous Carnival for a second year due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and the threat from the arrival of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday. However, the spectacular parade by Rio’s samba schools, which the public watches from the stands of the city’s Marques de Sapucai Sambadrome, will go ahead, unlike last year, with health precautions to prevent spreading the virus, he said. Aren’t the street parties why everyone goes?

Just keeps getting worse: Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry escaped an assassination attempt on Saturday during an event celebrating the country’s independence, his office said. Henry was targeted by “bandits and terrorists” who opened fire at a church in the northern city of Gonaives, the office said in a Monday statement. One person was killed and two people were injured in the mayhem that may be gang-related, local media reported. Henry’s administration has faced increased challenges to its legitimacy. He was sworn as prime minister less than two weeks after President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in July. Since Moise’s killing, a security breakdown in the country has reportedly allowed gangs to exert more power over Port-au-Prince and its suburbs, where nearly half of the country lives.

Not the narrative: A check shows 200 black men were shot by police officers in 2021. It also shows 346 police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.  Almost double. Not quite the numbers the media and liberals would have you believe. Stop and think; If a bad guy is willing to shoot down an uniformed, armed cop; what chance does the unarmed citizen victim stand? Right. NONE.

Teflon politician: Former N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was disgraced into resigning his office, is starting off the new year with a clean slate. The Manhattan district attorney’s office had closed its probe into the then-governor’s mishandling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis without filing charges. While Cuomo was no doubt still chuffed from dodging responsibility for the elderly patients he killed by government directions, he got yet another boost: Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced he had concluded his investigation of sexual assault allegations against the former governor and is dropping the case. So, where once it appeared Andrew Cuomo would face a day of reckoning for his horrific, deadly decisions and boorish behavior, it now seems he will skate without paying any debt.

Cutting off your nose: Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida closed its maternity unit ‘until further notice’ due to staffing shortages after firing unvaxxed healthcare workers. Holy Cross closed its Labor and Delivery unit and told pregnant women to go find another place to give birth. A Covid surge has reportedly caused a staffing shortage among the fully vaccinated workers at Holy Cross. Maybe it’s not “the surge” that’s causing the shortage. Maybe it’s short-sightedness.  If you fire them., they don’t work.

Is an “author” unemployed: : When Amanda Moore lost her job, she decided to go undercover in MAGA land. What her new compatriots didn’t know was that she was often recording them, and the result is a chilling portrait “of what the right looks like from the inside.”  During a recent “interview” Moore also discussed the increasingly popular far-right playbook for harassing hyperlocal and moderate GOP officials and their children. You know, like Antifa/BLM does.  Nowhere in the article does it say what job Moore “lost”. Last time I “lost” my job, I didn’t go anywhere, join anyone or record anything. I was too busy looking for another job. You know, to pay the bills.

Sunday Rant – DTI +

Used with permission of John Farnam.

5 Jan 22

“Funny things, accidents. You never have them, until you’re having them!” AA Milne
From a police chief in TX:

 “Last week, a fellow and his wife were parked after dark at one of our local convenience stores.

Before going into the store, the male (driver) retrieved a kydex IWB holster containing his M&P Shield (9mm, no manual safety) from the console of his SUV and was attempting to put the whole thing inside his waistband (appendix position) while still sitting in the vehicle.

 While trying to finesse the package into place inside his pants, the gun discharged!

 The round was a Hornady 9mm Critical Defense. It performed as advertised! The single round entered his abdomen and did not exit.

 The pistol (now clear of the holster) was subsequently found by our officers on the passenger-side floorboard, with the spent case still in the chamber.

 A bystander stopped and rendered aid, holding pressure on the entry wound, probably saving the injured man’s life!

 Our EMS arrived quickly and transported the man to our local hospital where surgery was performed immediately.

 Surgeons subsequently informed me that the bullet mercifully missed the femoral artery, but bleeding was still profuse!

 The victim lived through it, but with some permanent disability likely.

 The holster in question was well-used, and poorly maintained. One of the screws that secures it to the backing was loose. Another was missing. This allowed plenty of ‘flop,’ and the pistol was thus not well supported.

 The culprit in this case was likely an errant finger, which is the usual cause of UDs, but at this point a definitive cause is probably not discoverable.


 Guns are dangerous! Can we say that too often? Poor gun-handling habits represent a time-bomb, as we see!

When you can’t continuously wear your holster and gun while driving, get a combo that you can. Unnecessary gun-handling, such as taking guns off and putting them back on several times during the day, is relentlessly associated with UDs. If you’re going to wear a gun, wear it all day and don’t touch it (absent good cause).

 Holstering a pistol while seated in a vehicle is not recommended, but when it is to be done, it has to be done with much care and attention to detail. I would not recommend putting a holster containing a loaded pistol (any brand of pistol) into your pants, in the appendix position, while seated in a vehicle, in the dark, under any circumstances!

 Maintain your equipment! Most kydex holsters have screws. Screws come loose! Floppy, loose, worn-out, broken holsters are an invitation to disaster. Worn-out holsters need to be replaced with new ones!

 Always have your trauma kit close-by, and be sure you know how and when to use everything in it. The bullet-hole you treat might be in you! Help may be on the way, but you are still the ‘first responder!’”

 My comment: I don’t think it is possible to handle deadly weapons “safely.” Yet, I think we can handle them carefully.

 Risk attaches to having guns in your life, no matter what brand of gun, and no matter what procedure you adhere to.

Risk also attaches to not having guns in your life!

 We can teach you how to own, keep, store, carry, and use modern guns correctly, but there are still no guarantees.

 In plain English, the term “guarantee,” translates to “false promise!”


My thought, put it on and leave it on. The more you handle it, the more chance you have of doing that “one” thing that will result in an unintended discharge or a negligent discharge.


A liberal reporter last week asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki why Joe Biden isn’t “scolding” the unvaxxed. White House press briefings are now limited to just fourteen reporters because of “fears about the Omicron COVID variant”. The entire White House Press Pool is now full of left-wing sympathizers who are helping to promote the Biden Regime’s Communist takeover under the guise of Covid restrictions. A US President does not have the authority to tell Americans how to live and die. A sitting U.S. President should not publicly criticize his predecessor, and he doesn’t use excessive hyperbole when blaming that predecessor for being at fault for everything.  He damn sure doesn’t have the right to “scold” me for anything I do. When he loads the press with only his sycophants, claims everything is okay while the country is tearing itself apart, and makes decisions and “mandates” without regard to our legal system, he’s not a president, he’s a dictator.