January 27, 2020
Best firearms promotion in modern history!
According to the Associated Press, December of 2019 saw an increase of 47% over the number of firearm sales when compared to December of 2018.
The tallied number of guns sold totaled out to 73,849. The outlet reported that the increase in sales was likely "due to growing fears of increased firearms restrictions backed by Democrats who control the state government.”
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Kobe wasn't the only one imperiled by dense fog.
Kobe Bryant's heliocopter crashed in a dense fog. In fact, they are reporting it was so dense that police choppers were grounded. It didn't help that his pilot was a 24 year old; he probably wasn't adequately experienced, and he probably was cocky.
Be that as it may I had my own run-in with fog this morning. I had gone to the Ozark Hilton last night. It was a bit, uh, chilly for the OH, which employs a state-of-the-art hvac system consisting of a 55 gallon drum with a stove pipe sticking out and a Weber kettle lid for a "door". While I was warm enough inside, I had to stay up pretty much most of the night feeding the fire. I was ready to head home at first light.
It was sunny morning but as I moved north it became increasingly foggy. At one point I almost thought it was a forest fire; the fog was BROWN and made pea soup look like thin gruel. I slowed down, which saved my life; with visibility well under a hundred feet, I suddenly realized there was a tractor-trailer blocking both lanes of the highway.
I locked up the brakes and steered to the side as best I could. Had I been going any faster I would have plowed into that truck. It was completely invisible in the dense fog.
I count my blessings, as I listened to the radio on the way home and heard how Bryant and his family didn't have the good fortune I experienced. They always say to thank God for small miracles. I believe what happened this morning was one.
Not content with having a Hildabot liberal as CEO, Starbucks - the company that wanted to harangue customers about race when they were purchasing coffee - has hired a black woman with a record of anti-white male rhetoric.
From Daily Political News:
Schultz stepped down as CEO in 2017, but still remains the executive chairman. Starbucks finally found his replacement, however, when they announced that Rosalind Brewer would serve as the new CEO of Starbucks. Brewer served as CEO of Sam’s Club until earlier this year.
It was an announcement hailed by many in the business community, but not all, as Brewer has a history of controversial statements. In particular, it appears she gets triggered by the sight of white guys in board rooms.
It all goes back to an interview she gave CNN in 2015, in which she seemed to have a problem with too many white men in corporate America.
The Washington Post reported on a particular exchange in the interview. CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked Rosalind Brewer about what it would take to see more women at the top of corporate America. Brewer answered.
"My executive team is very diverse, and I make that a priority,” she told Harlow. "I demand it of my team and within the structure. And then, every now and then, you have to nudge your partners, and you have to speak up and speak out. And I try to use my platform for that. … I try to set an example. I try to mentor many women inside my company and outside the company because I think it’s important.
"And I talk to my suppliers about it. Just today we met with a supplier, and the entire other side of the table was all Caucasian males. That was interesting. I decided not to talk about it directly with [the supplier’s] folks in the room because there were actually no females, like, levels down. So I’m going to place a call to him.”She called her supplier out on national news.
First, "diversity" doesn't amount to a hill of beans. What fundamental value is there in "diversity" to help sell coffee? Talent and experience are more important than skin color. I seem to remember Martin Luther King sought a nation that judged people on the content of their character, not the color of their skin, but here we have skin color being a determinant in hiring and promoting.
Second, how does this serve the stockholders? Expensive coffee isn't going to sell any better because you have more minorities in the business. Investors care only about one color - green.
Corporate America is voluntarily surrendering profits for social street cred. Why? Who is pushing this?
This new CEO is going to double down on "wokeness" at the expense of investors. Yet she's there anyway.
Again, I want to know why. If this were an aberration in corporate America, one person pushing her personal beliefs and a company tolerating it because she made money that would be one thing, but most of corporate America is on board with "social justice" despite there being no economic reason to do so. There is someone, some thing pushing this in spite of profits. Something corporate America is more afraid of than the stockholders, or their customers.
I would like to know who or what that is.
Even Chick-fil-A, the supposedly Christian and "conservative" company is on board with much of this. They have a vice president of corporate social responsibility and they were supporting religious groups. But they have cut off funding to the Salvation Army but continue funding other groups. And by other groups we mean liberals.
Granted, they took a beating earlier by activist groups, but then sales increased from normal people. So why toss normals under the bus?
Chick-fil-A had a legitimate reason to do this; they were being boycotted. But they had friends, and many people consumed their product based on their principles. But the activists won.
Why? How do they have the money to strangle a major corporation?
Something is rotten in the State of Denmark, if you ask me.
January 26, 2020
A quick excursion into the reality of batteries.
One barrel of oil contains about sixteen hundred thirty kilowatt-hours of energy and weighs about three hundred pounds.
A Tesla "Powerwall 2" battery holds about thirteen and a half kilowatt-hours of energy and weighs two hundred and fifty pounds.
Therefore, it takes about one hundred and twenty Powerwall 2batteries, weighing thirty THOUSAND pounds, to hold the energy contained in one barrel of oil.
A Powerwall 2 battery plus mounting hardware costs about seven thousand eight hundred US dollars.
Enough Powerwall 2 batteries to store the energy in a single barrel of oil would cost just under a million dollars US.
Get off of fossil fuels?
Get real!A QUICK NOTE FROM TIM:
And don't forget you have to CHARGE the batteries, which requires more equipment and a power source. You lose energy in the transference to electricity; a traditional generator using natural gas and a combined heat and power system is at best 80% efficient, and that is the top of the food chain. Most systems are substantially less. A simple gas turbine has an efficiency around 42%.
Coal burns around 33%.
A solar panel is 15 to 20% efficient, while a windmill is considered pretty efficient at 30 to 40% although there are new bladeless varieties that claim to be almost 60%. But it is clear there is considerable loss of energy between the original source and it's conversion to electricity.
Then you have the loss of energy in transmission. In the U.S. that rate is about 5%, a not insignificant number. See here.
Of course, you have to use energy to make the batteries, too.
While the efficiency of a gas-powered automobile engine is between 20 and 35% it is a direct conversion. You don't have loss from generating, loss from transmission, and loss from manufacturing. You don't have loss from battery discharge. (Car batteries range in relative efficiency from 50 to 90% depending on the type of battery used.)
So it is clear there is considerable extra baggage when trying to power an automobile with batteries.
Martyrdom in Nigeria.
From Christian Post:
Andimi was declared missing on Jan. 3 following a raid by the Islamic extremist group in Michika. Video posted online appears to show Andimi being forced into a vehicle by his captors.
Days later, Andimi was seen in a video released by his captors calling on fellow Christian leaders and state government officials to secure his release.
Despite the situation, Andimi said in the video that he was not discouraged because "all conditions that one finds himself is in the hand of God.”
"By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife and my children and all my colleagues,” he said. "If the opportunity has not been granted, maybe it is the will of God.”
On Monday, local sources disclosed to ministry partners in the United States that Andimi was murdered.
A source told the U.S.-based nongovernmental organization Save the Persecuted Christians that Andimi’s family was notified about the pastor’s death by the CAN office in the Adamawa state on Monday.
"They have slaughtered him in Sambisa forest,” a source told Save the Persecuted Christians, according to the nonprofit's Executive Director Dede Laugesen. "They murdered him because he refused to renounce his faith. And because they couldn’t raise the money for his ransom.”This man is now a saint and is with God.
Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
HL Menken saw climate "science" coming when he said:
"Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong."The Unbearable Complexity of Science
Thar she blows!
Evidence is materializing that suggests Adam Schiff was up to his Plasticman neck in Ukrainian corruption.
From the article which was originally from Gateway Pundit:
Burisma Holdings actually name-dropped Hunter Biden when requesting help from the State Department.
According to CD Media last week former Ukrainian official Oleksandr Onyshchenko said Hunter Biden was receiving "off the books” payments from Burisma in the millions.
Earlier this month the chief of Burisma Holdings was indicted in Ukraine. He has gone missing.
Democrat Adam Schiff is linked to both US corporations named in the $7.4 BILLION corruption case.
Schiff is connected to both BlackRock and Franklin Templeton Investments, two companies that were named in the $7.4B Burisma/US-Ukraine corruption claim that was announced…https://t.co/enhuAplCUEhttps://t.co/WuEZfwdTGt pic.twitter.com/rzjVyDibGd
— M3thods (@M2Madness) November 21, 2019
Here are US government documents that show Schiff’s links to and donations from BlackRock and Franklin Templeton Investments.
And here is a mention of BlackRock and Franklin Templeton Investments from reports on Wednesday.
AOC: Young People Like Me are Smarter than Older People
Marc A. Thiessen asks the question nobody is asking but should be:
Democrats routinely express outrage over claims of collusion with a foreign power to undermine our democracy. So where is the outrage over revelations that former secretary of state John Kerry held not one but two secret meetings with Iran’s foreign minister to strategize over how to undermine President Trump’s plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the meetings after the Boston Globe broke the news, declaring, "We don’t see the U.S. just as Mr. Trump; the United States is not just the current ruling administration.” Think about what this means. Iran is a terrorist state responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq, whose leaders hold rallies where thousands chant "Death to America!” Kerry was working with a sworn enemy of the United States to try to undermine the foreign policy of the elected president of the United States.
I thought we didn’t like Americans who colluded with our enemies.
The Democrats are trying to remove Donald Trump from office for allegedly asking the Ukraine to investigate a political rival, but John Kerry actually tried to undermine the President's foreign policy and they weren't the least bit concerned.
Who has been doing the colluding?
Here are some thoughts on Ambassador Yovanovitch
Something that seems to be forgotten here is the fact that Poor Little Marie Y, like every other member of the diplomatic services, and everybody else who works for the Administration, serves at the pleasure of the Presidentand can be fired -- or sacked, if you prefer that word -- at such time as his or her work no longer pleases the President. That goes for President Trump as well as every other President.
Indeed, although it would take a large amount of time, it would eventually save some trouble if every member of the Diplomatic Service, and I include the State Department, would consider himself or herself to be terminated as soon as a new President has been sworn in. The new President could, of course, issue a statement asking everyone to stay on on a temporary basis if they wish, until they have been interviewed and the new President has decided whether or not to retain them. If he decides not to, they will be considered "terminated without prejudice." The same with anyone who does not wish to stay to serve the new President.
Same thing with the DOJ (which includes the FBI) and other "career" services such as the CIA.
And it goes without saying, or should, that these peoples' security clearances are all (I meant to say "should be") revoked when they are canned. If the people end up being retained, it's easy enough to obtain new clearances. That ought to take care of miscreants like Brennan, Crapper and the like. And speaking of them, any of these people who even smells like he's going to go to work for a TV network forfeits a possibility to come back to work for the gummint forever. Even under a different administration.
A NOTE FROM TIM:
Amen Dana! About that last, in private business people have to sign non-compete clauses all the time. We had a long time news anchor here in St. Louis named Larry Connors, for example, who got sacked for something he said on Twitter (and it was mild). He was very angry, because a.they made him do Twitter, something he didn't want to do and b.he believed they wanted him out for young blood. He'd been here for probably forty years. (You may have heard of him; he was the news guy who investigated the brothel in the true story that was made into the play and motion picture "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".)
At any rate, he never got another job in journalism in town because he had signed a non-compete clause. If it works in private industry, why not in government? Surely we can keep these creeps out of the media.
In response to Tim's article on the Coronavirus possibly being a Chinese bioweapon I wouldn't put it past 'em. Tim hit a number of nails on the head here. For one thing, they're careless about hygiene and food handling (more about this later on*). And they have a large population to experiment on, about which they don't give a rip.
Please read the article!
I was also going to opine that Coronavirus is something that you get from drinking that awful Mexican yellow beer that comes in the clear bottle, that you have to stick a wedge of lemon into the neck of in order to make it palatable; figured the Mexicans and the Chicoms teamed up on it. At least, I figured somebody teamed up to make it, since the Mexicans and the Chicoms can both make much better beer than that weak stuff! Why, it's worse than Bud Light!
A NOTE FROM TIM:
Anyone remember when Corona Beer got in trouble for employees urinating into the vats of beer destined for export to the United States? It was a rumor started by rival Heineken, but it is certainly easy enough to believe. Corona without that lime tastes exactly like what I imagine urine would taste like. It's a terrible beer, and probably should have been named "Montezuma's Revenge" because it was clearly a counter attack on people of European descent.
BTW, you can put a lime in any beer and improve it. I've done it on a number of occasions with other horrible beers. Drink it cold enough and add a lime and you can drink what comes out the hind of an elephant...
January 25, 2020
I had been wondering about this. There is reason to suspect the Corona Virus may be the work of Chinese biowarfare experiments.
From Bill Gertz at the Washington Times:
The deadly animal virus epidemic spreading globally may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory linked to China’s covert biological weapons program, according to an Israeli biological warfare expert.
Well, well, well; that certainly is suggestive.
Look, the Chinese cannot beat us militarily using conventional or atomic weapons. Our weaponry is still far superior to theirs and they know it. But we gave up our biological weapons program in the seventies, and with CRISPR technology it is far easier to make a horrible war plague. We know China has been monkeying around with genetic manipulation. They have openly bragged about some of the things they have done. There is no reason to think they have NOT been manipulating genetic material to weaponize a virus or bacteria.
The article continues"
"Certain laboratories in the institutehave probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment,” Mr. Shoham told The Washington Times.
Work on biological weapons is conducted as part of a dual civilian-military research and is "definitely covert,” he said in an email.Maybe. And maybe it is just a normal thing to suspect them of this. China has a LOT of people and they are rather casual about hygiene and food handling. The country is a petri dish for bacteria and viruses, and with China now having the financial wherewithal to build in new areas and to purchase materials and send people into the Third World it becomes more likely new diseases will break out into the general public after mutating. China is one enormous bio reactor.
So it is not necessary to think this is a result of biological warfare experiments, but it could be. I wouldn't put it past the Chicoms.
One ominous sign, said a U.S. official, is the that false rumors since the outbreak began several weeks ago have begun circulating on the Chinese Internet claiming the virus is part of a U.S. conspiracy to spread germ weapons.
That could indicate Chinais preparing propaganda outlets to counter future charges the new virus escaped from one of Wuhan’s civilian or defense research laboratories.And no doubt they will try to blame it on Donald J. Trump.
I wonder if that will be the next article of impeachment filed against the President by the Democrats.
The Chicoms know their enemy. As Sun Tzu said "if you know your enemy and yourself you need not fear in a thousand battles". Divide and conquer. And so many hyper-partisan American politicians will fall right into line with this.
This is a worrisome situation. We've had pandemics in the past (the Spanish flu during WWI is a prime example) but never one actually created to kill people. Biological weapons have the potetntial to be terrible things indeed; it's why Richard Nixon ended our program. It is possible to create a pathogen that mutates and cannot be cured - and can make mankind extinct. It could happen.
There is, for example, what is called a cassette virus, which is a virus that mutates repeatedly so as to avoid the body's natural defenses. Antibodies cannot react fast enough, and the mutations take their toll. Evenutally one of them kills the host. And then kills another host, and another, and another.
Now, I may be indulging in fear-mongering here. Chances are this virus will peak and then peter out as most epidemics do. I wouldn't read too much into this. But I do think it is something we should be considering.
As I said, China cannot defeat us militarily as of now. They know it. A bioweapon could be a game changer.
If Adam Schiff said "good morning" I would have to stick my head out the door to check.
A Copious Compendium of Schiff Lies
No wonder we've had so much trouble in Afghanistan! I'll bet the Chinese have been giving covert aid to the Taliban to push us out.
Rare Earth; Afghanistan Sits on $1 Trillion in Minerals
The Chinese have been quietly working to control all of the Earth's Rare Earth elements, and have been quite successful in it. If a treasure trove of minerals is sitting next door to them they will not let the U.S. succeed in stabilizing the country; they need us out so they can make it a protectorate.
This explains a LOT!
In a Facebook discussion a commenter on a post by Dr. Roy Spencer made an excellent point, the central point, in fact, in the whole Climate debate:
The fact is that even the radical Greens are against "renewable energy" but are using it became of their Eco-Marxist ideology which is so extreme they world see the world to back in time where it could only sustain less than a billion people.
Take the DGR, they tell you they view "Green Energy" as nothing more than the means to deindustrialization and depopulation.
Read the entire DGR movement website and prepare to be shocked by their irrationalism.
He proceeds to give a long list of comments made by the Gang Green over the years: more...
34 U.S. servicemen suffered traumatic brain injuries from Iran's missile attacks.
From the France 24 article (wee, wee!):
The Pentagon disclosed Friday that 34 US service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following Iran’s missile strikes on an Iraqi base earlier this month, a number higher than the military had previously announced. The revelation belies US President Donald Trump’s initial claim that no Americans were harmed in the attack.
Eight of the 34 injured arrived in the US on Friday from Germany, where they and nine others had been flown days after the January 8 missile strike on Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base. The nine still in Germany are receiving treatment and evaluation at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest US military hospital outside the continental United States.
Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said the eight in the US will be treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, or at their home bases. The exact nature of their injuries and their service and unit affiliations were not disclosed.
This was a rather costly way of allowing Iran to "save face". President Trump should be planning retaliation for this.
I did not agree with the notion that we should "de-escalate" when it was announced; Iran needs the screws put to it. As Barack Obama put it, if you bring a knife to the fight we'll bring a gun. We have the gun. They need to fear it.
I am not advocating we kill anyone over this, but we need to hurt them in some other fashion. Perhaps a new cyber attack, or whatnot. But make it clear we did it, and will do worse. In foreign affairs you cannot let a rival hit you and not respond, especially one as belligerent and aggressive as Iran. Weakness begets attack.
Why doesn't CNN want to talk to the niece of Martin Luther King?
ML King's Niece Denounces Democrat Race Baiting of Trump
Britain descends into Dhimmi status:
Cops: Muslim Sex Grooming Gangs "Didn’t Understand That It Was Wrong"
From the article by Daniel Greenfield:
The report chronicles how Operation Augusta was launched and then scuttled after her death in 2003, despite identifying 97 suspects and 57 victims. The victims were, "mostly white girls aged between 12 and 16”, and the perpetrators were, "mostly men of ‘Asian heritage’”. By ‘Asian’, the report means "predominantly Pakistani men” though at least one of the perpetrators was apparently Tunisian.
Constable B, the anonymous cop responsible for some of the most revealing quotes in the report, said, "What had a massive input was the offending target group were predominantly Asian males and we were told to try and get other ethnicities.”
Mohammed Yaqoob, the pedophile who had forcibly injectedVictoria with heroin and was cleared of manslaughter charges, was not the sort of pedophile the Manchester cops were supposed to find.
A meeting at Greater Manchester Police headquarters "acknowledged that the enquiry was sensitive due to the involvement of Asian men” and worried over "the incitement of racial hatred.” There were concerns about "the damaged relations following Operation Zoological.” Those were the police raids targeting Iraqi refugees involved in an alleged Al Qaeda plot to bomb a soccer stadium in Manchester.
Some in the GMP didn’t see the point to stopping the rape of young girls because of cultural differences.
"There was an educational issue. Asian males didn’t understand that it was wrong, and the girls were not quite there. They were difficult groups to deal with. We can’t enforce our way out of the problem,” Constable B said.
And so they didn’t.
Sexual slavery for infidels is acceptable under Sharia law and these bastards damned well knew it was illegal, but just didn't care about laws made by "infidels". It's how they advance Sharia. You guys in Britain are going to lose your country if you don't wake up. If Muslims keep coming they will eventually make you a part of the hoped for Caliphate.
In the Me Too era, our brave defenders of feminine virtue are strangely silent.
More arguing with someone with climate on the brain:
From the wet brained Henry:
This from another respondent, Doug:
What is interesting is there are really very few "climate scientists "
In order to qualify I would think a number of disciplines are needed .
Physics, Astronomy, Geology, engineering , meteorology, Biologist and more.
Having trained in a number of these fields , either formal or autodidactic ,would seem to me necessary.
We very likely have more to learn about drivers of climate than we know to this point . But that’s why Science is so interesting .
Just goes to show it’s always something
Henry the Alarmist jumps in:
We have unidimensional thinking in so much of this.
Oh, and I always love when they say "scientists agree" here. They ignore the Oregon Petition, for example, which - even if we subtract 90% of the signatures, still has a larger statistical sampling than does the Oreskes or Cook surveys.
Oh, and Henry H. Kellam III, the really big money is om the side of the Alarmists, who have the very wealthy NGO's, such as the Audubon Society, Greenpeace, etc. as well as large donations from all major corporations as well as outfits like the MacArthur Fund and, most importantly, vast sums of money from the U.S. government as well as other governments around the world AND the United Nations. What do the "deniers" have? Even the most hated company of all - Exxon Mobile - flipped sides when Rex Tillerson was CEO and now helps fund and support Global Warming Alarmism. The money is all on your side, my friend. All the "deniers" (a malicious term designed to slander people who disagree) is the Truth.
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