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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Ex-CIA chief releases new theory on JFK assassination
[Independent] A new book from a former CIA chief and another high-ranking intelligence official from communist Romania has presented a new theory of the assassination of former president John F Kennedy.

The new book, seen by The New York Post, claims that Lee Harvey Oswald was instructed by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to assassinate President Kennedy.

According to the newspaper, the book says the Soviets later changed their minds about the assassination but that Oswald refused to stand down and went through with the plan as initially instructed.

The new book by R James Woolsey and Lt Gen Ion Mihai Pacepa is titled Operation Dragon: Inside The Kremlin’s Secret War on America and is set to be released in March.

Mr Woolsey, a former director of central intelligence, ran the CIA from 1993 to 1995 while Mr Pacepa, a former Romanian acting spy chief, was granted political asylum in the US in 1978 and died earlier this month.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 06:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6532 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...My fave Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory is still that one of the Secret Service guys accidentally fired the head shot while trying to secure the limo.

My Dad always used to make the point that the number of truly historical conspiracies that 100% succeeded can probably be counted on one hand - but the number of botched conspiracies approaches an infinite value.


Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/24/2021 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  It wasn't Trump's fault. Now I'm confused...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah, sure. Old Nikita personally instructed Oswald. Well, maybe considering the way LBJ ruined the country. But my favorite suspect remains LBJ and the military/industrial complex, now known as the Deep State. People who are not averse to rigging an election would not hesitate to murder a guy like JFK either.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 11:40 Comments || Top||

#4  So if there was this directive by the USSR, why did Oswald try kill retired Major General Edwin Walker in May 1963? Would that draw unwanted attention to him?
Posted by: jack salami || 02/24/2021 12:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Nah, Oswald's beef was with Texas Gov. John Connally, and Oswald missed.

I fergit the beef, but it was credible.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2021 18:09 Comments || Top||

#6  If Connally was Oswalds target he waited to long to make the shot.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 02/24/2021 18:46 Comments || Top||

D.C police chief: Officers blocked from Capitol in riot, 'surprised' Guard wasn't called in sooner
[Just the News] Robert J. Contee, the acting Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, told Congress on Tuesday that his officers weren't allowed to enter the U.S. Capitol as rioters breached the building Jan. 6 and that he was surprised the National Guard wasn't called in sooner.

Contee spoke during joint hearing in Senate chambers about the security and law-enforcement preparation before the siege and the response to the deadly riot. (A police officer died from an injury sustained in the incident. A rioter was fatally shot, and three other officers later took their own life.)

"First, MPD is prohibited by federal law from entering the Capitol or its grounds to patrol, make arrests, or serve warrants without the consent or request from the Capitol police board," Contee told the congressional lawmakers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 05:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6552 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reviewing the script really is essential when filming 'live' without rehearsal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 5:29 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Reading between the lines of the testimony leads me to conclude that the Capitol Police Department is pretty much a Potemkin unit who's primary guiding theory is that we're so diverse no one will ever attack the place.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/24/2021 6:30 Comments || Top||

#3  They should really talk about the two busloads of protesters dropped off at the capital just before entry was gained inside. Roads were closed for just about everyone else.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 02/24/2021 9:42 Comments || Top||

#4  CYA, CYA, above all else CYA.
Posted by: Tom || 02/24/2021 10:45 Comments || Top||

#5  They should really talk about the two busloads of protesters dropped off at the capital just before entry was gained inside

Yeah, but they won't.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 11:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Those pedestrian fences Blamtifa repurposed as ladders, aren't they usually chained to each other to make a rampart of sorts?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 12:05 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Shhh!
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 12:37 Comments || Top||

#8  So “three” officers suicided? You mean like Epstein? One wonders what they knew.
Posted by: KBK || 02/24/2021 16:15 Comments || Top||

#9  A police officer died from an injury sustained in the incident

Not according to his brother. Of course, the inquest or autopsy report could help, were it available.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2021 18:14 Comments || Top||

#10  the inquest or autopsy report could help, were it available Key statements like these will of course either be hidden or lost forever, leaving the preferred Narrative to be composed and hooted from the rooftops.
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 19:58 Comments || Top||

Woodward appraises DOJ inspector general uncovering FBI's FISA 'glorious mistake'
[Washington Examiner] From one investigator to another, Bob Woodward told Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz he was impressed with his "amazing discovery" of the FBI's missteps in its use of surveillance powers during the inquiry into ties between former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.

Although they hail from completely different spheres, the pair offered a window into how journalism can be quite similar to the work of an independent government watchdog during a virtual discussion hosted by Harvard Law School earlier this month.

Multiple times during the hourlong conversation, moderated by professor Jack Goldsmith, the two looked back at Horowitz's high-profile review completed in December 2019 that criticized the FBI for relying on British ex-spy Christopher Steele's dossier in obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to monitor onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and became a road map for special counsel John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6534 views] Top|| File under:

#1  More to come , conversation continues @
Posted by: Glassy Croquette2580 || 02/24/2021 3:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Funny how all of the "glorious mistakes" all point to one objective. Odd, that.
Posted by: magpie || 02/24/2021 11:51 Comments || Top||

#3  May Bob be on the receiving end of a "glorious mistake" on the operating table...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 13:56 Comments || Top||

#4  I criticize the FBI for becoming part of Organized Crime.
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 20:10 Comments || Top||

Intelligence Did Not Support Troops For January Six
(victorygirlsblog) According to former House Sergeant at Arms of the House, Paul D. Irving, the intelligence that came in before the Capitol Hill breach on January 6, 2021 did not support the call for the National Guard. This shocking admission came during a hearing a Senate Homeland Security hearing today.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee called as witnesses: Irving, former Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, former Capitol Hill Police Chief Steven Sund and acting D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee, III. Until Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, (R) started asking questions, Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Chicken Salad) had focused on the fact that Donald Trump is a bad man who exhorted his supporters to come to D.C.. Senator Klobuchar had to bring up the fact that rioters at the Capitol breach had smeared feces on the walls:

Amy Klobuchar just said that Trump terrorists smeared feces on the wall of the Capitol!

— Amy Lynn ✡️🍭🌊 (@AmyAThatcher) February 23, 2021

This does not sound Trump supporters to me. Indeed, in his testimony Senator Ron Johnson (R,WI) noted the reports from the day indicate the Trump supporters seemed jovial, overweight, and tired. He noted that agent provocateurs were seen in the crowd.

The Democrats all called the breach an insurrection and focused on the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. They did not make note that a Black Lives Matter activist was arrested for his activities on that day.

Because of intelligence received before January 6, the Capitol Hill Chief Sund made the perimeter around the Capitol larger and asked for the D.C. Metropolitan Police to stand by. He asked House Sergeant at Arms Irving for National Guard and Irving denied it based on the "optics". So, that means that the Capitol Hill Police were asked to guard a larger area without any back up. The made the perimeter larger, but did not harden it.

And, speaking of intelligence and optics, here is the former House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving explaining the intelligence and optics:

Irving says he didn’t mean optics the ways the media interprets "optics", without really saying what he meant. And, he turned down the offer of National Guard troops without discussing it on a wider basis. The Architect of the Capitol, who would know about hardening the perimeter and where soft spots are, was not read in on the situation.

All four witnesses agreed that there was intelligence available. They don’t seem to be able to tell us why or when the situation became volatile, meaning that this hearing is probably premature. But it did go pear-shaped and the men cannot agree on when calls were made for National Guard help:

Sund, the former chief, was adamant that he spoke to Irving, the former sergeant-at-arms, at 1:09 p.m. that day to request National Guard troops, who were not deployed until 2:10 p.m. But Irving insisted that "from my recollection I did not receive a request for approval for National Guard until shortly after 2 p.m. when I was in Mr. Stenger’s office." Stenger was the Senate sergeant-at-arms at the time.

The dispute appeared to perplex Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Rules Committee, who noted that in during the Capitol riot, the difference between a request for National Guard coming in shortly after 1 p.m. or shortly after 2 p.m. "makes a big difference."

"Whatever happened here doesn’t seem to be in agreement with the various time frames, Blunt said.

Thanks to the backside covering by the parties involved in protecting the Capitol and the dishonest and divisive politicians, this will come to nothing and help no one. Except, Orange Man still be Bad and Trump voters are anarchists. Don’t you dare bring up Antifa.
Posted by: 746 || 02/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6546 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So...that means Trump supports look bad, right? Again? Still?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2021 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  This shocking admission came during a hearing a Senate Homeland Security hearing today.

When I see or hear the word "shocking" my deception meter auto-pegs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 0:30 Comments || Top||

#3  I don’t seem to remember any video of national guard at the capital until after the protesters were mostly gone.
Posted by: Xyz || 02/24/2021 0:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Observations match
Posted by: Chuck Whiskeybowl8209 || 02/24/2021 2:46 Comments || Top||

#5  When I see or hear the word "shocking" my deception meter auto-pegs.

It seems someone could make some coin offering a service that takes media scribblings through a filter that takes out all the adjectives but otherwise leaves the story.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/24/2021 6:45 Comments || Top||

#6  The feces on the walls was a result of congress shitting in their pants.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 02/24/2021 9:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Do Proud Boys and Oath Keepers keep membership cards in their wallets? I mean, how are these people so sure it was Proud Boys and Oath Keepers? What evidence do they have?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 11:47 Comments || Top||

#8  It seems someone could make some coin offering a service that takes media scribblings through a filter that takes out all the adjectives but otherwise leaves the story.

It'd still be slanted.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 11:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are scape goats. PB leader was "jugged" when he arrived in DC airport before the protest. Most OK watched protest from a long way away...
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 02/24/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#10  What evidence do they have? We don need no steenkin evidence
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 20:14 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Coletta Prewitt's presentation on Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana (short video)
[Journey Indiana] For seventeen years, Coletta Prewitt has dedicated her time to studying the ways of pioneer life in order to share it with visitors to Spring Mill State Park.

5 Caves video
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 06:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
NOT MENTALLY FIT: 36 Democrats Demand Biden Give Up Nuclear Codes

Hot Air reports:

Say, Why Are House Dems Call­ing On Biden To Give Up Full Con­trol Of Nuclear Weapons?

Which answer do you want first — the fun answer, or the bet­ter answer? Let’s start off with the fun answer, but first, let’s spec­i­fy pre­cise­ly what House Democ­rats want from Joe Biden. A let­ter signed by three dozen of his party’s cau­cus urges the new pres­i­dent to relin­quish full con­trol over the country’s nuclear weapons in favor of a com­mit­tee approach...

From Politi­co:

Near­ly three dozen House Democ­rats on Mon­day called on Biden to relin­quish his sole author­i­ty to launch nuclear weapons, in the lat­est appeal to reform the com­mand-and-con­trol struc­ture so that no sin­gle per­son can ini­ti­ate a nuclear war.

"...Vest­ing one per­son with this author­i­ty entails real risks," states the let­ter spear­head­ed by Rep. Jim­my Panet­ta of Cal­i­for­nia. "Past pres­i­dents have threat­ened to attack oth­er coun­tries with nuclear weapons or exhib­it­ed behav­ior that caused oth­er offi­cials to express con­cern about the president’s judgment."

Posted by: Rating Geometer9484 || 02/24/2021 10:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6577 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes. 24 arms and legs, twelve mouths and no brains. That'll be an improvement.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 10:41 Comments || Top||

#2  I would say they should have thought about that before the election but then we're talking about Democrats.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 10:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh, now Hot Air is doubting.

But since they are snark and not reporters, or even curious bystanders:

Would this mean Nukes approved by Committee, or Nukes available for use by multiple people?

Politico goes on to state there isn't a set alternative, such as confirmation by the VP.

I think the conclusion is correct, since we've never had a water balloon in the oval office in the nuke age. I'm not even sure they could walk Joey through the sequence at this point, and is actually a legit concern if/when he hits the angry aggressive stage of dementia, which he has been IMHO since Dog Faced Pony Soldier.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 11:25 Comments || Top||

"Mr. President we have, at last count, 200 ICBM's crossing the pacific toward us. We have 12 minutes before impact. What are your orders."
"Well, we can't be hasty! First we have to have a focus group, then a committee meeting to discuss having a committee meeting, then the committee meeting itself after which we need 6 weeks for comment, then a 2 month study. Then I might be able to get back to you. Put the focus group on my calendar for next week. Oh wait better make that next month - I'm due in Martha's Vinyard for 2 weeks."

The entire idea of having a Nuclear Football is to be able to respond quickly. If the president is not mentally fit then GIT RID OF HIM - and any in line who are not. ( Lets see who's next in line after the Speaker...)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/24/2021 12:08 Comments || Top||

#5  A month in and they openly admit they ran a senile old man for President knowingly. Words fail...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/24/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Of course, how do we know that Obama hasn't already gotten his grubby hands on them? I dunno: Obama or Harris, which is worse?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 12:14 Comments || Top||

#7  25th Amendment anyone? See Nancy...
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 02/24/2021 12:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Maybe it's Jill.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 12:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Ref #4.... After NannyGoat is the ChiCom buddy Blinken.
And the list gets sadder as you go on. My fear is they 25th Bidet and Mattress becomes Premier and they then pick someone really frightening from ObamaWorld, Maybe even Mike. In any eveny, the American era is over, and its sauve qui peut for us. Class V my friends.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/24/2021 12:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Swalwell. He doesn't have any qualms about nuking the USA and already has a CCP handler.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 13:19 Comments || Top||

#11  And the VP would be any better?

Who do you think ultimate is responsible for the targeting list? Fortunately cities are better targets rather than fly over country in effectiveness in application.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2021 14:04 Comments || Top||

#12  I actually don't think Biden - with or without dementia - or any other single person should have the power to destroy humanity without intervention. A whole big committee to make that 'button' decision would ensure the button would never be pushed, and our enemies would know it, and could push their own at will. A decision reached by a group of 2-5 people might work - no more than five, and I lean towards 3.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/24/2021 14:53 Comments || Top||

#13  If we got nuked Biden would NOT nuke back. He would surrender.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 02/24/2021 15:56 Comments || Top||

#14  Nuclear war run by a Politburo, in D.C.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2021 16:02 Comments || Top||

#15  ...You know how I know the Congresscritters writing that letter have no idea what they're talking about?

You see, although the President is the only one who can authorize the use of nuclear weapons, at least ONE OTHER PERSON PRESENT - the VP, SecDef, NSA, and a couple others - has to concur. POTUS can want to nuke the (Fill In The Blank) all he wants, but he has to convince at least one other guy to go along with it. THEN he gets to convince at least 3-4 military officers to go along as well - and I think I can say with absolute confidence that unless there's an ongoing crisis of some kind, it ain't gonna be easy.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/24/2021 16:44 Comments || Top||

#16  That's "Dr. Jill" to you
Posted by: Jise Elmeang4932 || 02/24/2021 17:00 Comments || Top||

#17  I think who they need at this point is Dr. Venkman.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 17:17 Comments || Top||

#18  ^ I'd prefer Dr. Kvorkian
Posted by: Warthog || 02/24/2021 17:38 Comments || Top||

#19  Of quacks to consult when you're b0rkian,
You can't beat those brothers K.:
Both fun, sure as shootin',
Though Rehab Rasputin
Struck Mom as the rather more quirky 'un.
Posted by: Kojo Tojo5311 || 02/24/2021 18:49 Comments || Top||

#20  sauve qui peut? Is that like "Xavier Onassis"?
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 19:47 Comments || Top||

#21  The White House, it has a new visitor
In league with our own Grand Inquisitor:
Quoth he: "Magic, miracle or mystery?
For never before in our history
Has a Jill plugged a Plugs. Is it her???"
Posted by: Unaviter Elmomose9460 || 02/24/2021 22:05 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Everything is Fake in Utopia
[American Thinker] When Democrats gain power through fraud, everything that follows becomes fake as well.

The media bombarded our screens with fake stories about Russian collusion, "hands up don't shoot," Jussie Smollett, systemic racism, and "very fine people" at Charlottesville. These falsehoods are the output of professional fraudsters whose flagship product is shipping lies in bulk.

After getting away with an election so fraudulent that we have it on video, a fake impeachment seems like an appropriate next step. The public relations event featuring high-profile scammers using manipulated tweets as evidence to attack Trump is the perfect encore to the greatest heist of our lifetime.

When deception is normalized, tech giants can routinely conceal Biden’s unpopularity. On Biden’s campaign trail, mass manipulators scripted questions for audience members to ask him. Not even a month into office, the phony administration requested its media allies brief them on questions they intend to ask. White House press conferences will still be theatre, but Jim Acosta will no longer have a part.

Our fraud-in-chief was filmed repeating "salute the marines" after someone likely relayed the command to him through an earpiece. If you ask the fraudsters, Biden actually said "good-looking marines," and we all misheard him. We're supposed to believe that Biden complimenting the looks of male marines is more sensical than a party of manipulators secretly telling a senile puppet what to do. I’ll take door number two.

When everything is fake, Joe Biden is a "devout Christian" who supports abortion, Black Lives Matter, and the most radical factions of the LGBTQ lobby. It doesn't matter that these movements are antithetical to Christianity because fake is the new normal. Leftists might find solace in pretending a man with no redeemable qualities is a profoundly religious person because it reassures Catholics they can be hip left-wingers without undermining their faith. Of course, that's a lie, but accepting what's fake to avoid hard truths is a significant benefit of leftism. That tradeoff gave birth to the abortion industry, transgenderism, and systemic racism.

In our fake new world, Hunter Biden is an expert in Ukrainian and Chinese affairs, and there's nothing suspicious about him raking in millions from foreign companies. Ilhan Omar's staffers did not illegally harvest ballots, and Maxine Waters never told Democrats to attack Republicans. If the security footage from State Farm Arena on election night is a conspiracy theory, so are the videos of Omar and Waters.

Living in unreality means Republicans almost murdered Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on January 6th and a D.C. police officer was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher. When both stories turn out to be lies, it was irrelevant, because they served a purpose. Pretending to be mortified by political opponents' behavior is one of the Democrats' favorite national pastimes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 01:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6588 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Duck Hunting 2021
Posted by: Phiting Scourge of the Platypi4518 || 02/24/2021 3:32 Comments || Top||

#2  L. Frank Baum wrote about a 'Fake Utopia' some time back. You were issued, and made to wear, green-tinted spectacles before you entered the capital city to protect your eyes from the "brightness and glory" of the city.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/24/2021 12:18 Comments || Top||

#3  All the woke wagons tied on Springsteen is just fantastic.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 18:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Here am I sitting in my recliner, with my laptop on a lap desk, reading this. And that's the only true thing I'm sure of, at this moment.
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 20:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Strawberry Fields

Nothing is real

And nothing to get hung [for Insurrection] about

Strawberry Fields 4-evah

Posted by: Waldemar Elmaith1047 || 02/24/2021 21:53 Comments || Top||

Our Supreme Court Goes Full Nicaragua in PA Election Case
[American Thinker] For a couple of years, my wife and I escaped Obama’s America by owning a Pacific Ocean hotel in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The irony was that in supposedly socialist Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega's government left us alone far more than government did in the supposedly free country of the United States of Obama.

Still, while Ortega 2.0 might have shed most of his socialism, he had not shed his lust for power, and the job of making sure he never lost again was that of the Chief Justice Roberto Rivas Reyes of what is in effect the Nicaraguan Supreme Court. I’m not sure who was actually more powerful or corrupt -- President Ortega or Justice Rivas -- but Rivas’s was bigger. His motorcade, that is, and he owned the two biggest homes on the two most elevated lots in San Juan del Sur, the nation’s top coastal town, a few hundred yards from our hotel.

Today I’m not sure whose court is more corrupt vis-a-vis election law: Nicaragua’s court or our Supreme Court. It appears that Donald Trump has remade the U.S. Supreme Court -- in Mitt Romney’s image! (I am not blaming Trump, just stating the obvious.)

While I think the United States Supreme Court stumbled badly in its 7-2 rejection of the Texas case on standing last year, the refusal to "grant cert" (i.e., to take the case) yesterday in a Pennsylvania case is horrifying beyond words. I could say that our election laws are now full-on banana republic, but I’d hate to insult bananas that badly.

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#1  SCOTUSis an Abomination.
Posted by: newc || 02/24/2021 1:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Duck and run.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2021 6:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Yep'per, gotta love that 6-3 majority.
Posted by: Clem || 02/24/2021 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/24/2021 9:08 Comments || Top||

#5  #4 ... I am not religious but i am moral, ie i try to see the correct path and take it. I believe we need a constitutional convention.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 02/24/2021 9:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Courts declined to hear vote integrity challenges early because the question was not ripe, then a day later they declined because it was moot - too late for any remediation. The real reason was they did not want the responsibility (blame) of making the election decision like they did with Bush.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/24/2021 14:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Why I say within 15-20 years there will be less than 50 stars on Old Glory.
Posted by: Clem || 02/24/2021 17:13 Comments || Top||

#8  I believe we need a constitutional convention. Constitutional conventions, like constitutions, are only for a moral and religious people. The USA has deteriorated far below that level. I hope and pray there are other forces at work now.
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 20:08 Comments || Top||

2024 GOP Election will be Brutal
[Townhall] The GOP is in the midst of a civil war to determine if it's going to be the party of normal people who want freedom and prosperity, or return to being the party of donor-suckling corporate shills carefully overseeing our country's descent into ruin. My side is Option A, but there will be a 2024 candidate representing Option B. The candidate of Option B will eventually lose.
It's Kurt Schlichter. Go read it all.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2021 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6522 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  What the people are saying:
Posted by: Elmoluse Darling of the Danes1162 || 02/24/2021 3:56 Comments || Top||

#2  We've just seen that an outsider in DC is totally powerless.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/24/2021 4:01 Comments || Top||

#3  The precedent has been set:

The fortificators will decide on winners and losers.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 02/24/2021 5:55 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm not so sure we're voting our way out of this one.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/24/2021 6:38 Comments || Top||

#5  /\ Nor am I.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 6:44 Comments || Top||

#6  ^Nope.

Funny how they still think elections will matter.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/24/2021 8:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Just think, a new-and-improved GOP to go along with that 6-3 Supreme Court "majority". Wow, talk about rocking and rolling!! (/big-time sarc)
Posted by: Clem || 02/24/2021 8:54 Comments || Top||

#8  All Kabuki Theatre until Dominion and other vote "generation" schemes are curtailed.
Posted by: Warthog || 02/24/2021 10:05 Comments || Top||

#9  It matters not who votes, what matters is who counts the votes.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/24/2021 15:00 Comments || Top||

#10  From now on, all elections will be moot.
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 20:11 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
The Best Portable Generators to Keep Your Home Running
[Popular Mechanics] With extreme weather events becoming more frequent, portable generators have become fairly common. Anyone who lives in a suburban area often hit with power outages after storms is familiar with the sound of dozens of generators humming throughout the neighborhood. But emergency power backup isn’t their only use. Portable generators are often used on construction sites, for tailgating and camping, and at barbecues and other events such as 5k runs, parades, fairs, or anyplace that can’t be reached by an extension cord. And with prices coming down, portable generators are becoming more attainable for just about anyone who wants to keep one handy.

Take a quick look at our five top options or scroll down to find out what you need to know about generators and the full reviews.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 06:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6558 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bought the earlier model of the Honda (2000 model, not the 2200 shown in the article) about 15 years ago. No complaints though I haven't had to use it much.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/24/2021 6:44 Comments || Top||

#2  ..that's like a fire department. Most of the time its not used for what it exists for. Don't have one? When you need it and have to get one, its too late.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2021 6:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Not a bad article. Costco has a tri-fuel (Gasoline/Propane/Nat. Gas) that looks good. Pair this with an interlock on your panel and you're good to go. Bit different than a transfer switch. More flexible and much cheaper to install. Gennies can be life-savers as we know but bad for OpSec with the noise and inherent light pollution in a grid down situation. Nat Gas is nice in that you don't have to go fuel hunting. Just keep plenty of 10-30 oil on hand for changing every 100 hrs. or so.

Posted by: Warthog || 02/24/2021 10:00 Comments || Top||

#4  as we know but bad for OpSec with the noise and inherent light pollution

If I were in Big City, TX last week with a generator I would have left the lights off, blackout curtains (space heaters are brighter than you think), and hopefully had some sort of noise baffler or re-direction.

Its OK to love your neighbor. It is also OK to be invisible. Bragging up your generator at the BBQ could get you everyone there, up to their cousins and dogs, showing up at your house.

I was talking with a then-friend after Greensburg Tornado about my tornado room. He said that if S ever HTF, he was coming (from Overyonder City, KS) to our place. I just sipped my beer and thought of all the ways that wasn't going to happen, even if he made the journey.

I understand battery technology is now at a point where that is an option. Obviously the more expensive option, but much more discrete - no noise or smell give you away.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 10:50 Comments || Top||

#5  With extreme weather events becoming more frequent...

Lemme guess - these guys (P.M.) are now full-blown woke lefties like the Economist and other formerly respectable and non-partisan publications?
Posted by: Raj || 02/24/2021 11:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Just like Sci-Am.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 11:30 Comments || Top||

#7  #1 - bought a pair of same for daughter's housewarming (she's in a rural San Diego neighborhood that SDG&E regular shuts off due to fire/Santa Ana's). Good thing is they can be paired up to run the whole house
Posted by: Frank G || 02/24/2021 11:38 Comments || Top||

#8  I've got a propane-fueled Generac - Gott sei dank!

During our ice storms the last 2 or so weeks, my entire house kept running thanks to the generator: heat, lights, computer, hot water, etc. It was glorious.

The propane company is coming some time in the next couple of weeks to refill the tanks (the combined tanks went from about 85% full to about 65% full or a little less.

Best investment I EVER made. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 02/24/2021 12:24 Comments || Top||


If you need a lot of power for a short time Northern Generator Power House has many 120V plugs and 1 220V plug. Have seen building contractors run it all day for months. Around $1200 but stumble on one in a pawn shop that was like new for $350 and it is a monster.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 02/24/2021 12:30 Comments || Top||

#10  Frank - just wait until CA requires your Daughter to 'share' her generated electricity with her neighbors or perhaps that low-income housing unit down the street. And she's only allowed enough to charge her cell phone - every other day.
After all planning ahead is racist.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/24/2021 12:39 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ or due to excess CO2 emissions, you're only allowed to run 10 mins /day. Need it for O2 generation for your afflicted kid? Tell them to breathe slower...
Posted by: Warthog || 02/24/2021 13:12 Comments || Top||

#12  are now full-blown woke lefties

Propagandular Mischanics
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 13:14 Comments || Top||

#13  Lemme guess - these guys (P.M.) are now full-blown woke lefties

Back when systems were robust and had plenty of extra capacity, rare extreme weather events caused little down time. Now that they are optimized to run at near maximum capacity under normal conditions with no thought to outlier possibilities, even the slightest variation from average is labelled an extreme weather event.

It seems to me that something that happens once a century might be extreme. Something that happened only a decade ago is normal and may well be cyclical.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/24/2021 15:15 Comments || Top||

#14  Can a Tesla battery be used for non-Tesla use (assuming you don't have a Tesla?) Can it be charged with solar?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/24/2021 18:09 Comments || Top||

#15  I was working at a hospital once when the town had a power failure. The hospital's back up generator started up with a roar, lights came up again for 20 minutes and then the back up generator died too. Interesting times for the staff. Some got caught in stairwells in total darkness -- there were no battery-power emergency lights or glow in the dark paint markings there. The OR went totally dark while surgery was ongoing. Fortunately the key OR equipment had either back up batteries or was powered by compressed gasses. There were only 2 telephone lines that still worked in the entire hospital, one in the ER and one in the CEO's office. No battery backup for the phone system even though the city phone system continued to run just fine. Nursing staff had to send runners back & forth, many many times. Many other interesting things discovered.
By the way, do all Rantburgers have 12 VDC / 110 VAC inverters pre-installed in their vehicles, ready to go at a moment's notice?
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 19:54 Comments || Top||

60 Years After Eisenhower's Warning, Distinct Signs of a 'Digital-Intelligence Complex'
[Real Clear Investigations] In June 2019, Susan Gordon stood on a stage at the Washington Convention Center. Behind her loomed three giant letters, "AWS," the abbreviation for Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of the giant Internet retailer. After three decades at the Central Intelligence Agency, Gordon had risen to one of the top jobs in the cloak-and-dagger world: principal deputy director of national intelligence. From that perch she publicly extolled the virtues of Amazon Web Services and the cloud services the tech giant provides the CIA.

She told the crowd that the intelligence community’s 2013 decision to sign a multi-year, $600 million contract with AWS for cloud computing "will stand as one of those that caused the greatest leap forward. ... The investment we made so many years ago in order to be able to try and harness the power of the cloud with a partner who wanted to learn and grow with us has left us not only ready for today but positioned for tomorrow."

The agreement was also a "real game-changer," said André Pienaar, founder and CEO of a tech firm called C5 Capital, whose business includes reselling AWS services. "When the CIA said they were going adopt the AWS cloud platform," Pienaar said at another AWS event. "People said if the U.S. intelligence community has the confidence to feel secure on the AWS cloud, why can’t we?"

Gordon left government in August 2019, two months after her AWS summit talk. In November 2019 she became senior advisor to a consultancy with close Amazon connections and in April joined the board of defense contractor with extensive AWS business.

Gordon is one of scores of former government officials who have landed lucrative work in Big Tech.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 01:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birds of a feather,They flock together
Posted by: Glossy CoquetteSue2580 || 02/24/2021 3:53 Comments || Top||

#2  "X"-government complex. The problem is the Government being too powerful.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/24/2021 5:03 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 ... It will always be too powerful, that is its nature. Our problem is that its leaders are too corrupt. Elections were supposed to be the solution to corruption but that is now moot according to SCOTUS.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 02/24/2021 9:38 Comments || Top||

#4  AWS touted the success of the CIA deal as a prime reason it believed the Pentagon should award the company a 10-year, $10 billion contract for cloud computing for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI.

Wait a minute! Ten billion dollars for disk storage? No wonder our government is twenty-some trillion dollars in debt. The potential for graft on a monumental scale is overwhelming when that much money is available.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/24/2021 13:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Even on smaller scales, the potential for graft is part of the human condition. Classical Spartans had a great reputation for uprightness until some of their leadership learned to take bribes.
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 20:05 Comments || Top||

UCSF infectious disease specialist calls on the devil in the name of science
Headline: California's coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous

"The devil is already here," said Dr. Charles Chiu, who led the UCSF team of geneticists, epidemiologists, statisticians and other scientists in a wide-ranging analysis of the new variant, which they call B.1.427/B.1.429. "I wish it were different. But the science is the science."

Call the Vatican! Maybe the Pope can air drop a crack team of exorcists!

Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In a study that helps explain the state's dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths — and portends further trouble ahead — scientists at UC San Francisco said that the cluster of mutations that characterizes the homegrown strain should mark it as a "variant of concern" on par with those from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.

Me! Me!! Lookit meeeee!!!!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2021 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Take flight
Posted by: Hell Squadrons4853 || 02/24/2021 2:40 Comments || Top||

#3  He is calling otu an event (cross breeding the 2 virus strains) that has not happened and may never happen viably.

Fucking panic mongering
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/24/2021 5:05 Comments || Top||

#4  #3 He is calling otu an event (cross breeding the 2 virus strains) that has not happened and may never happen viably.

Fucking panic mongeringPosted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 2021-02-24 05:05

...I'm inclined to agree with you, brother. We know beyond any question that the numbers are dropping, and the last thing some people want is a success.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/24/2021 6:32 Comments || Top||

#5  The Devil of Science makes you calculate everything using a slide rule.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/24/2021 6:46 Comments || Top||

#6  The REAL Devil of Science makes you do addition on a slide rule.
Posted by: Shiva Protector of the Hohlraums || 02/24/2021 12:18 Comments || Top||

-PC Follies
‘Police State': Liberal author's terrifying outline of Totalitarianism developing before our eyes
[Right Scoop] Liberal writer Naomi Wolf has different views on a lot of things than a lot of us. We probably don’t agree on social issues or even life issues. That’s the kind of thing that happens in a free, pluralist society. But one thing she agrees with those of us at the Right Scoop about is that we should live in a free society. And we aren’t anymore

You know it, I know it, Tucker knows it, and apparently a lot of other folks are willing to say so out loud, too. Even politically liberal Democrat voting authors.

Wolf outlines the dangerous "emergency powers" being claimed and used, being extended over and over, being wielded by people like Andrew Cuomo who don’t answer for their abuse and aren’t held accountable.

"Nowhere in the Constitution does it say all this can be suspended if there’s a bad disease. We have lived through typhus, cholera, small pox, HIV, tuberculosis, polio, the Spanish Flu, you know we’ve lived through an attack on our soil. Never have there been months and months and months of emergency powers when we weren’t actually fighting a war! So this is completely unprecedented."

The only thing left out was mentioning the complicity of the liberal media in making this possible and helping it to happen. Especially CNN,w which is the totalitarian state’s official propaganda arm.

Wolf’s commentary to Tucker is eye-opening, it’s concise, it’s logically stated and presented in an understandable, rational, succinct, compelling, convincing way.

Which is what makes it so terrifying.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6544 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The US Supreme Court has a long history of allowing just about any abrogation of the Constitution under emergency conditions. As long as the justices get their bennies and pensions, it's all right!
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/24/2021 20:02 Comments || Top||

#2  She's right, you know
Posted by: Chanter Barnsmell7657 || 02/24/2021 22:16 Comments || Top||

The Purge: Bestseller on Transgender movement gets Digital book-burning by AMAZON
[Right Scoop] Ryan T. Anderson has a doctorate in philosophy. One he actually earned. But you won’t see news shows calling him Dr. Anderson like they do "doctor Jill Biden" any time soon. In fact you may not see him, or his book, at all.

Because this scholar, bestselling author, and Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation is on "The List." So far, the first book of his that has been claimed by Amazon wokeness is "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment" from Ignatius Books.

We all know why. We all know it’s only the beginning. The Purge is expanding.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 01:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'd like to take a second and point at a modern truth.

If you don't have a copy, you don't have a copy.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 10:56 Comments || Top||

#2  The Change Wars™ on Wikipedia have shown the way for these people.
Posted by: magpie || 02/24/2021 13:24 Comments || Top||

#3  A second truth is that paper books only last until the first flood, fire, tornado, or extended cold spell without heat. Nothing is permanently safe.

As Sarah Hoyt says, work over, work under, work around. And if possible, in the process help a less ideological organization grow.

At this point his other books are still available on Amazon, so it’s time to sell that one on his own website, adding a line on his Amazon author page that information about upcoming books is first available on his website, www.whatever.com. Fred sells all his ebooks but the first one on Smashwords, which also has author pages, and even did an interview with him. So that would be the place to say that paper and audio versions can be ordered on his website. Baen sells books directly to readers on their website — does the publisher for this book do so, too?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/24/2021 13:49 Comments || Top||

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