Monday, May 20, 2019

From Madam Hoyt:

It is also, I think, responsible for why Portugal remains largely stagnant while any Portuguese immigrant abroad seems to have a head start on excelling in their field (Yes, weirdly, I did too. The odds against even being published in the bad old days were overwhelming. And most literary careers last 3 books, not 30 something.  And I’m not done yet.  And in indie, maybe monetary success will come, too.)

You see in Portugal being seen to work excessively or at something dirty, or having enough humility to start again if a career goes bang would be demeaning. It would rob you of your dignity and leave you open to predation or at least social opprobrium. Some people still do it, but they’re rare and exceedingly strong-willed.  Meanwhile the country, as a whole, lurches about with no innovation, no enterprise worth the name.

And from my glimpses of Spain, it might be worse there.
Here, picking yourself up from failure and starting over is lauded.*  And how many have wound up agonizing-to-the-socialists rich by having an idea and getting their hands dirty making it work?

I suspect that Portuguese attitude is connected somewhat to the "You must go to college OR YOU'LL BE A FAILURE GETTING ALL DIRTY AND SWEATY AT AN ICKY JOB!" attitude that's helped get so many people in debt to their eyebrows getting a degree worth less than the paper it's printed on. 

And this:
Part of what we dealt with, in hell-journey through Spain was the fact that every single bureaucrat, janitor, information booth lady, even the security guards/police of which Spain has a lot in surplus to requirements, was “holding him/herself up in their dignity.”  Which meant not bending enough to try to understand what two people going through, who spoke no Spanish but only English and Portuguese might be asking or wanted.
Ever dealt with a pissy bureaucrat who thought you expecting them to do their damned job was insulting?  And they'd try to make you pay for it? 

Interesting piece, go read it.


*Except from the socialist/nanny-state assholes who want you to see yourself as needing to be taken care of by the State.

Next time you see some leftist wailing that "You won't compromise

and do what we want on gun safety!", give them this quote from Correia:
In something that I find profoundly troubling when I’ve had this discussion before, I’ve had a Caring Liberal tell me that the example of Iraq doesn’t apply because “we kept the gloves on”, whereas fighting America’s gun nuts would be a righteous total war with nothing held back… Holy shit, I’ve got to wonder about the mentality of people who demand rigorous ROEs to prevent civilian casualties in a foreign country, are blood thirsty enough to carpet bomb Texas.
You really hate us, and then act confused why we want to keep our guns? But I don’t think unrelenting total war against everyone who has ever disagreed with you on Facebook is going to be quite as clean as you expect.

That's because they're not reporters, they're journalists;

and, as Insty put it, they're Democrat operatives with bylines.  Actual reporters would be raising three levels of bloody hell about this.

The fact that they're not tells you a lot.

Because YouTube is run by leftist assholes

who hate the idea of armed peasants.  Especially those who don't have the proper leftist beliefs and attitudes.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

It's been a wet and stormy Saturday

so this distraction is more welcome than usual
































'Startling discovery'

worth sending a photographer to document.  Because (formerly Great)Britain.

Pretty soon they won't have any sharp knives, either.

Friday, May 17, 2019

One of those nights: threatening to rain

so not a bad time to stay in and study

































Miguel at GFZ likes to say "If your cause is just, why do you have to lie?"

In this case it's "Why do you have to fake a crime?"

This bastard teacher planted a 9mm cartridge in a stairwell, then acted like he found it and called the cops, also causing a lockdown of the school.  He's on video, but pled not guilty:
Mr. Purcell’s lawyer for the arraignment, Leah J. Metro, said her client denied any involvement with the bullet that was found. Ms. Metro said Mr. Purcell has been an educator about 30 years, including about a year with the Southbridge district which is managed by the state because of chronic underperformance.

The teacher, according to authorities, admitted he was trying to bring attention to concerns about school safety. The teacher told authorities it needs more security, specifically metal detectors in the facility, which is a combined building for middle and high school students.
Take note of that 'managed because of chronic underperformance' bit; with teachers like this...

Thursday, May 16, 2019

I've mentioned this before, but it still pisses me off

But their use has sparked a privacy debate, with civil liberties group Big Brother Watch branding the move a 'breach of fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of assembly'. Police argue they are necessary to crack down on spiralling crime. 

Officers previously insisted people could decline to be scanned, before later clarifying that anyone trying to avoid scanners may be stopped and searched.
"Yes, you can decline, but if you do we'll force you to obey.  And give you a ticket.  Because public safety."
The bastards really ARE treating 1984 as a how-to manual.

I have a quote for the Met.  Which, since I'm not under their thumb, I can post without them being able to jail me for hurting their feelings:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences. - C.S. Lewis

How do you know the people yelling "Racist!" are full of shit?

Ferdinand Protzman, the chief of staff for the school administration and a 1975 graduate of Oberlin College, was on the stand Friday morning to testify why he didn’t think the school’s decisions to cut business ties with the little local bakery was a good idea after students launched a protest claiming Gibson’s was racist. The racist claim came about because students were upset that Gibson’s caught three African-American students shoplifting in November of 2016.
And were beating on the employee who chased after them.  So of course the employee is a violent racist, and the store is run by racists.  And they must pay.

And you know the college is run by leftist idiots when they tolerate this:
Gibson’s attorney Lee Plakas asked Protzman what was the reason for cutting ties with the business they had worked with for more than a century. He pointed out emails from various administrators that the student might have throw a “tantrum” on campus, specifically in the cafeteria while eating dinner, and that might be a good reason to get their cookies and bagels elsewhere.
“The concern was that the students were angry?” Plakas asked. “The fear was that angry students would throw food [made by Gibson’s] on the floor [of the cafeteria] and stomp on it?”
“Yes, that was one of the concerns,” Protzman answered.
“Doesn’t that sound more like a nursery school than a college?” Plakas continued.
“Nursery school students do throw food on the floor, yes,” Protzman said, adding “We are not the students’ parents,” as the reason the school could not tell the students to quit threatening to throw food on the floor and eat their dinner like nice people do.
The proper response to that threat would have been "You are not children, you are young adults and will behave as such.  Anyone involved in such actions will be punished."  But that would require administrators who care more about education than about showing how sensitive and caring they are toward spoiled brats.

Further demonstration of asshats running the place:
...Jason Hawk, who was editor of the Oberlin News Tribune, with a print circulation of less than 1,000 in 2016, testified he was repeatedly blocked from taking photos of the protest by Dean Meredith Raimondo, and was handed a flyer calling Gibson’s racist by Raimondo. [You can read Hawk’s deposition testimony on Raimondo’s involvement here.]
This, by the way, while the college clowns claimed they were only there to try to calm things down.

I hope the bakery winds up owning the morons involved.

What? Comrade Mayor thinks the law doesn't apply to he

and his minions?

He's a friggin' communist, why is anyone surprised when he acts like he's commissar of the city?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Haunts the EffingBI? I hope it's giving them bloody nightmares

Suddenly, Baker’s lawyer, Dan Levin, jumped in: “One second,” he said before he and his client had a conversation off the record. 

When the microphones were back on, Levin declared he would “not let [Baker] answer these questions right now. You may or may not know, he's been the subject of a leak investigation which is still – a criminal leak investigation that's still active at the Justice Department.” And so Levin concluded, “I’m sorry. I'm cutting off any discussion about conversations with reporters.”

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows wanted to make clear what Baker’s lawyer was claiming: “You're saying he's under criminal investigation? That's why you're not letting him answer?”

“Yes.”
There should be a bunch of criminal investigations connected to all this.  A bunch of these bastards broke laws, some of them have admitted it, and they need to pay for it.

This mess from the Houston cops just keeps getting worse

They lied to get the warrant, they've planted drugs in the past, and now this:
A recent forensic inspection of the house, commissioned by the couple's relatives, casts doubt on that account and reinforces the suspicion that at least some of the four officers who suffered bullet wounds were shot by their colleagues.
...
It is not clear that Tuttle knew the armed intruders, who were not wearing uniforms and did not announce themselves before storming into the house, were police officers. Nor is there any body camera footage of the raid that might shed light on that question.
Hey, if you were a dirty cop making a bullshit raid, would you want a camera on?

But there is physical evidence at the house, which seems inconsistent with the story told by the narcotics officers. Houston Chronicle reporters Keri Blakinger and St. John Barned-Smith say a forensics team that the Tuttle and Nicholas families hired, headed by Mike Maloney, a retired supervisory special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, "found no indication that any of the guns Tuttle owned were fired toward the front of the house at incoming police."

While Maloney has not completed his analysis yet, "the initial bullet trajectories appear to be somewhat contradictory," Chuck Bourque, an attorney representing Nicholas' family, told the Chronicle. "We see no evidence that anybody inside the house was firing toward the door."
"Hey, we'll just charge in and shoot everyone."  Bloody hell.

Throw in this:
Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith told me he can't answer any questions about the ballistic evidence, or even explain why the revolver that Tuttle allegedly used was not listed on the search warrant inventory, until after HPD has completed its criminal and internal affairs investigations of the raid, which is also being investigated by the FBI and the Harris County District Attorney's Office. But Maloney's team found that police left behind a lot of potentially relevant evidence, including two teeth, a men's shirt with bullet holes and an evidence tag, a shotgun shell casing, and about a dozen .223- and .45-caliber bullets in the walls and floor, which apparently were fired by police.
What the HELL?  At best this is sloppy as hell, at most...

How many other people did these bastards set up?  How many lies, how many tainted warrants, how many people in cells who shouldn't be?

And the question a helluva lot of people are asking, why the hell didn't Houston PD do something about this before?

Oh joy, the food police are changing their minds again

This time olive oil is the culprit.

Screw these bastards, bacon grease and tallow it is.  And if I make some focaccia, it'll be olive oil I dip it in. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Things like this are why the Democrats want so badly to damage Barr

The Obama White House kept tabs on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email accounts that the State Department improperly denied, according to newly released emails.

The emails, which were provided to Judicial Watch, show for the first time that the Obama White House was aware of the Clinton-related FOIA request, which the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) submitted to the State Department in December 2012.

The State Department denied the request in May 2013, claiming that no responsive records existed. That despite officials at the State Department, the White House and even President Obama himself knowing that Clinton used a personal email account for government business.
So they knew she'd been violating law, on this even if they didn't know about other things(chance of them not knowing?  Just about zero).

And this is just the start.  Pelosi and Schumer & Co. are going to get even worse in the near future.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Nervous? I don't doubt it, and he damn well out to be

Former FBI General Counsel James Baker admitted on Friday that he is “nervous” about DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into the conduct of the DOJ and the FBI during the Trump-Russia probe. 

Baker said he is “assuming that they will dig and find stuff” and that “we’ll try to sort it out and see what mistakes were made.” But Baker defended the FBI's actions, including its use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
'mistakes'.  No, when people deliberately lie under oath and all the other crap they did, it was not 'mistakes'.  They think their real mistake was getting caught.

Baker contended that he was “confident in the judgments that I made at the time based on the information that I had available to me.” But he left open the possibility that others may have engaged in wrongdoing, saying, “I’m sure they will find things that I didn’t know at the time and maybe that others didn’t know at the time.” [emphases added]
Translation: "Don't blame ME!"

This is likely to get real amusing as the various rats start turning on each other.


Well, we know who the real haters-

and the delusional- are.  Or, in the case of Tlaib, the lying asshat.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has made yet another shocking and historically ignorant claim: That thinking about the Holocaust gives her a "calming feeling" because her Palestinian ancestors provided a "safe haven" for Jewish victims of the tragedy.
You have to read this to get the full flavor of the stupid and/or dishonesty of this.  It's downright amazing.

And then we have that other champion of the Democrats, Calypso Louie:
As he ascended the platform at St. Sabina's last week, Farrakhan railed against "Satanic Jews" and referenced the sorting of Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz into lines destined for Nazi work camps and those destined for gas chambers. Farrakhan claimed that he was imbued with the divine right to label some Jews "good" and some bad. 

"I stand on God's word," Farrakhan told the crowd, according to Haaretz, adding that he knows "the truth" and that his mission is to "separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews."
Etc.

And anybody involved claiming to be surprised by this is either a liar or an idiot.  Snuffy Pfleger is a lying, bigoted bastard.  If the head of that diocese had any balls or integrity, Snuffy would be gone.  But he doesn't, Cardinal Cupich, being heavily involved in social justice issues himself


Speak a opinion based on your research and experience,

Twatter will kick you off.  Can't have expert opinions that don't support the Preferred Narrative™, y'know.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Scene from the range,

holiday edition.  Mother's Day, to be specific.

One of the things the anti-rights people keep pushing is "Only a few old white guys own most of the guns."  Because ANYBODY who isn't old/white/male owning arms just doesn't fit the Preferred Narrative™.  They'd have hated this weekend.

The Mother's Day weekend included mom's getting free range time and a free rental if they desired, and a LOT of women, sometimes alone and sometimes with family along, took advantage of it.

And, just to add to the irritation of the gun bigot's hemorrhoids, lots of them were not white.  Damn near a rainbow.  Some shooters come in for the holiday, some 'never fired a shot before' people who wanted to give it a try.  And every one I saw left with a smile on their face.  Which knowledge would really piss off the hoplophobes and gun bigots.

Ah well, the weekend is over.  But the fight goes on.  And every time someone comes in with "I've never shot a gun before", gives it a try, and has fun, we move things along in a good direction.

Well, I thought this went on Saturday night...





































Now that was a commercial




Saturday, May 11, 2019

Either stupid or suicidal;

Why the hell else would you get into the enclosure with an apex predator?

I can imagine the bears thinking "That's OUR squeaky snack you're taking!"  And I'm really surprised she's alive.

Tab clearing

Be surprised if that part of the world wasn't haunted.


This. Is. CNN.
As has been noted, if your cause is just, why lie?


EVERY Democrat running for the Oval Office wants to trash the 2nd.


"But I bought an ELECTRIC CAR, why am I being punished?"


No, this doesn't sound suspicious at all...
Arrested for 'illegal manufacture and sale of assault weapons', out the next day on $50k bond?  With no charges filed?

And it wouldn't surprise me to find out the 'manufacturing equipment and tools' were the stuff you could find in most garage/workshop setups lots of people have.


Considering the Evil Party lately, they invited him BECAUSE he hates Jews.  They may have a problem with the hating gays and women who won't do what they're told and so forth, but they'll work around that.