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I am old, fat and arthritic, and I laugh about it. I am a Christian. Patty and I have been married 45 years, and boy did I luck out there. We have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. I served in the Corps (there is no Corps but the United States Marine Corps and Chesty Puller was its prophet). I worked as a computer programmer and database administrator.

I read a lot of history. I like to kayak. I like to draw.

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Its really come to something when Brietbart has to preach scripture to its readers to stay the fuck ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2020:
Hebrews 10:25-31 King James Version (KJV). 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Rhonda Rousey does not have the authority of the Apostle Paul in these matters.
This turned out better than the title suggested -🧐.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2020:
Does anybody remember, "Bush lied, people died"? Or pictures of Nixon with the caption, "would you buy a used car from this man"? Or LBJ's "credibility gap"? Or Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman... Miss Lewinsky"? Did anybody believe him? As a matter of fact, I remember every president since LBJ being called a liar. Republicans were called a liar en masse by the news media. Democrats were attacked as such by conservatives. In "Plain Speaking" Truman called Eisenhower a liar. The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Coverage come with the job.
California "Declares Independence" Referring To CA As "Nation State," Its BS But We Can Dream Right?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2020:
Tim Pool is ignorant about California. Legislative districts have been more or less continuously jerrymandered for fifty-odd years. When Reagan was Governor, the legislature was controlled by Democrats. Jessie Unruh headed the Senate and Willie Brown was Assembly Speaker. Before the Supreme Court overruled California's Constitution, state senators came from counties while assembly representatives were apportioned by population. This generally meant Republicans held the state Senate while Democrats held the Assembly. It also meant that rural California had to be taken into account. After the Supreme Court decision both houses were apportioned by population. Democrats took control of the entire legislature and have never lost control. Legislative districts were continuously jerrymandered and remaining Republican seats shrank to a miniscule remainder. All of its decisions have been made by and for urban California ever since. Water for the San Joaquin Valley farmers? They were Republicans. San Francisco gets its water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The LA Basin gets its water from the Owens Valley and Northern California water projects. When those no longer provided enough water, they took the farmers' water. And they could say they were doing it in the name of the environment. Hairspray Newsom may style California as a nation-state, but he can't even supply California with electricity.
We are seeing the most draconian measures enforced at all levels of government that we've ever seen ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2020:
Oh, I am complaining. People are being ticketed and arrested for perfectly harmless and innocuous behaviors. My daughter and son-in-law live in a tiny community in the southeast corner of Montana. The county public health nurse put police tape on all the churches and shut down the only grocery store in a forty mile radius. People there are threatening to vandalize her house. Deputies (there are only two) are going to those people to talk them out of it. Those people in that tiny town epitomize a growing reaction across America.
Princeton professor Stephen Kotkin talks about Trump, China, and the Geopolitics of crisis ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2020:
Stalin was a recent memory when I was a child, so his biographies were considered to be important. He has receeded in public memory as time has passed. It's good to see important work being done on such a seminal figure in the 20th century.
Why is it so difficult to distribute wealth in a manner that ensures a basic minimum standard of ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 8, 2020:
I would submit that modern capitalism had done just that. We don't have private jets and private islands, but we are fabulously wealthy judged by historical standards. We live lives that are better than Roman emperors'. Better water, better food, better shelter, real medicine (to name just a few). The Roman world had one library with more than 100,000 volumes. I live in commuting distance of four with over two million volumes apiece. That doesn't count digital volumes or internet access. Hadrian spent at least half of his reign touring his empire; at a walking pace. Virtually everybody has access to airliners and cars in 1st world economies. This is an age of unprecedented affluence for the widest breadth of population that has ever existed.
One might not think so after reading this article but the writer, published in the Atlantic, is left...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 8, 2020:
Nation states are important for another reason. Eventually, their governments are subject to their peoples' will. As the old saying goes, comes the moment, comes the man. Our moment came as people were fed up with "government by experts." Trump was the man who channeled the ferment.
The new intellectuals of the American right
timon_phocas comments on Apr 8, 2020:
Well, it's nice to know Britain's left is applying political Taxanomy to American conservatism. It beats invective. I would say, however, there's a broad streak of libertarianism in America. It's actually being reinforced as nanny state functionaries impose mindless restrictions in this emergency. This libertarian streak straddles both liberals and conservatives.
SpaceIntelligence: Trump signs executive order to support mining on the Moon and asteroids.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 7, 2020:
It's kind of interesting that we now have a legal framework to mine where we cannot go to or return from.
Aircraft Carrier Captain Fired For ‘Poor Judgement’ In Sending Coronavirus Letter - Defense One
timon_phocas comments on Apr 7, 2020:
The US has only ten carrier task forces. At any one time, a third of the carriers are undergoing maintainence. Another third are preparing for deployment. The final third are deployed. Captain Crozier announced to the world that a third of America's deployed carriers, the centerpiece of an entire fleet, was unfit for service. I'm sure he didn't intend to. He sent out an email blast on an unsecure network, however, and that's what he accomplished. Bad judgement.
In an age where we have massive scientific abilities, the main question isn't "can we do this", but ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 7, 2020:
Howdy @NathanPumphrey, Tricky question. There is no proof text on chromasonal abnormalities in the Bible. We will have to depend on our consciences, and inform our consciences with the Biblical wisdom. This is no different than a host of other issues we face every day. There were no speed limits in Biblical times. It was impossible to go faster than a horse after all. As a result, there is no, "thou shalt not break speed limits" in the Bible. But it is implied in Biblical admonitions to obey the laws of the government. Birth control pills were developed by a devout Catholic. He was actually researching ways to cure infertility in women. "The Pill" was the consequence, and society was suddenly offered the false possibility of sex without consequence. Even good intentions and informed consciences can generate evil results. We'd best tread cautiously.
How does Covid 19 Kill you?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2020:
This agrees with what I learned in nursing school. Informed and logical.
Interesting - 1918 Spanish Flu historical documentary
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2020:
Deeply frightening. Educational but frightening. We do have anti-viral drugs and a hundred year catalog of pharmaceuticals to fall back on. It looks like we'll have a widely accepted treatment suite very soon. We 'should' be able to transition to isolating vulnerable populations, treating acute cases and getting the rest of the country back to work. In 1918, however, quarantine was the only prophylaxis. Eisenhower ran a training camp (I think it was in Pennsylvania) during WWI. He wrote about the Spanish flu in his autobiography, "At Ease, Stories I Tell My Friends." He said he followed his surgeons' advice about quarantines. His camp came through relatively unscathed.
Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic
timon_phocas comments on Apr 5, 2020:
Yes, and so are pot shops and liquor stores. Crazy times, crazy people.
Short trip down the memory lane.. . [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 5, 2020:
I remember following Jerry Pournelle's project back in the 90s. He would write about it, I think his column was in Byte magazine. It was very exciting, but NASA preferred the more expensive, sexier X-33 space plane. Talk about your dead end project.
Why is it so hard to land on the moon?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 4, 2020:
Interestingly enough, they don't talk about mining water on the moon. They factor in the cost of transporting water to the moon, but not the availability of using what's already there. The discovery of just how plentiful water is in the solar system is a game changer and offers a fundementally different view of it.
Kennedy Center Receives $25 million. Donates $5 million to DNC! Money Laundering?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 4, 2020:
I don't know. I have not been able to confirm the Kennedy Center donated five million to the DNC. The denials about the quid pro quo do not say the Kennedy Center did not donate to the DNC. They only say it was not done the same day. They also say it could not have been done with the bail out funds because they have not been disbursed.
SoFMag: Militant sentenced to death for the murder of Daniel Pearl has his conviction overturned by ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 3, 2020:
More news in this issue from NRO. Pakistan issues an emergency order to prevent the three kidnappers from being released. https://www.nationalreview.com/news/pakistans-emergency-order-prevents-release-of-men-convicted-of-murdering-wsj-reporter-daniel-pearl/
April Fools [babylonbee.com]
timon_phocas comments on Apr 3, 2020:
I don't know, I think CNN staff would have a severe allergic reaction if real news ever showed up on their broadcast stream
Gateway Pundit.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 3, 2020:
Go for it, Candace! Looking at the current list of under performing nonentities in Congress, you'd be a definite improvement. Go for it! I wonder if I can persuade her to move to Colorado?
I fully agreehttps://youtu.be/5AArS2NH9tU
timon_phocas comments on Apr 2, 2020:
BTW, this introduced my wife to term, "sh#t weasels." She loves it.
Candace Owens Last Night Says She Had An Epiphany and Is Going To Run For Office.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 2, 2020:
Good on her. She knows how to speak. Attractive screen presence. Sure to attract media attention.
Understanding Fake News - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Apr 2, 2020:
Interesting blast from the past.
Critiquing the Intellectual Dark Web: Michael Brooks’ “Against the Web” | Merion West
timon_phocas comments on Apr 1, 2020:
I find the IDW to be a welcome oasis of debate and tolerance. Truely speaking, this platform is insignificant compared to the billions subscribed to FB or Twitter; a small fraction of one percent. Its very existence, however, must be grimly alarming to the leftist monoculture governing those giants.
Flights from orient not checked.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 31, 2020:
Maybe he's just responding to the highest bidder.
One of Covid-19's silver linings is that it puts the pettiness of the "Social Justice" movement in ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 30, 2020:
Henry Kissinger said that faculty feuds were so vehment because nobody could ever lose anything. I think the SJW types operate on the same principle. They are public theatre and their stage has been taken away.
Ricky Gervais. "Inappropriate Jokes At a Dinner Party." [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 29, 2020:
I guess I'll file that under "Jokes I Cannot Share with my Pastor."
I think that COVID has exposed the weakness in the education system.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 29, 2020:
Yes, I'm wondering when all the parents will have that "lightbulb moment." If K-12 education can be an at-home experience, why exactly are we paying for a very expensive education establishment to accomplish the same thing? If half or more of post secondary education can be covered by massive on-line course work, then why are we paying for hoary, ivy covered campuses? Mr. Edison! Are you listening?
AOC's Childish Meltdown - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Mar 28, 2020:
I think AOC's rant was about recording sound bites for her campaign to unseat Chuck Schumer. We'll see
Voice Of Europe.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 28, 2020:
My wife works in a university with a significant number of Chinese students. In middle December a coworker came down with a nasty flu. In late December Patty did as well. Fever, body aches, fatigue, trouble breathing and a wracking cough. When she finally got see her doctor (early January), he was just recovering from the same flu.
Federalist.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 28, 2020:
Christians were accused of spreading disease by Communist regimes. The kangaroo courts would quote Paul's encouragement to, "greet one another with a holy kiss" as proof of Christian's unscientific, unhygienic criminality. That the New York Times stoops to this kind of bigotry is a sign of the times. But that's just fine. My Lord does not need the Times' impimatur.
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timon_phocas comments on Mar 27, 2020:
Thank you, @sjwpigeon. I purchased books about symbolic logic in high school. Curiously enough, I then spent my professional years employing formal logical languages with computers. And learning, of course, that my logic did not always match reality. A fine trip down memory lane.
Epidemiologist lowers original catastrophic death prediction
timon_phocas comments on Mar 27, 2020:
Here is a supporting article. www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/03/26/dr_birx_coronavirus_data_doesnt_match_the_doomsday_media_predictions_or_analysis.html
It is already hard to believe that there is ice on Mercury, where daytime temperatures reach 400 ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 27, 2020:
Thanks, @kresica. My son-in-law got his degree at Georgia Tech. He'll be pleased to note the paper's origin.
Was the American Revolution a progressive or a conservative movement? What is your interpretation?
timon_phocas comments on Mar 26, 2020:
Howdy @Naomi, I always appreciate it when you open an intellectual jar of worms. The American Revolution was as complicated as any in history. It has been described variously as an economic, ideological, religious, cultural and racial conflict. It was all of these, depending on where you were. The revolution was led by the richest, most prominent men in the colonies. They knew how they had all been economically hobbled by the UK's mercantilist policies. But this hobbling extended to, and angered, many working families. Generally speaking, Anglican churches supported the Crown while Presbyterian and other dissenting Protestant churches supported the Revolution. And yet, for example, George Washington was an Anglican... When Cornwallis launched his campaign in the Carolinas, the Revolution became cultural, with lower class Scots/Irish Piedmonters arrayed against the lowland rich planter class. It became a very bitter guerilla campaign On the frontier, it was settlers against Native Americans. The native tribes were armed, financed and advised by Royal Governors in Canada. This, BTW, did not stop until after the War of 1812. Progressive? Not by today's definition of the word. Pretty radical by the standards of the time.
Quillette. "Humanities Greatest Foe: Pandemics Throughout the Ages." [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 26, 2020:
Yes, globalization means epidemics travel at .85 Mach. We're just a 12 hour flight away from any pestilence on Earth.
Conventional Capitalism is Dying
timon_phocas comments on Mar 23, 2020:
Howdy @WilyRickWiles, I could not get past the Australian's paywall. I think capitalism is deeply persistent because it's part of human nature. I remember working on my father's orchard. We had particular problems with a weed called Johnson Grass. It spreads with seeds or by root propagation. Plow it down and cut it up, it would be back next week from the fragments of root still in the soil. Capitalism has the same kind persistence. Even rigidly orthodox communist countries like North Korea can't entirely rid themselves if it.
Venezuela's Suffering Shows Where Illiberalism Leads - The Atlantic
timon_phocas comments on Mar 22, 2020:
The calculated use of inflicted hunger reminds me of the Holodomor in Ukraine to break an entire people. How sad. How despicable.
Gordon Cheng.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 22, 2020:
I wouldn't trust Chinese health statistics as far as I can throw them. Yes, they have enforced a draconian quarantine around Wuhan, but only after they allowed 160,000 people a day to fly out China and infect the rest of the world. For over a month. And internal traffic is at least an order of magnitude higher. I would place a higher trust in what Taiwan observes about China's progress in limiting the spread of the Wuhan virus. Another guage of China's epidemic would be shipping. If the factories are really back in business, import and export shipping should jump.
I giggle at the Liberal Media, slathering the videowaves with Celebrities hunkered down bravely in ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 21, 2020:
Imagine the pain, the horror, the brave stoicism required to be confined to a 20,000 square foot house on a hundred acre estate. Does it not make you weep? Oh, the humanity... But look on the bright side. You've been complaining about those smelly WalMart shoppers for years. Now you have a medical reason to avoid them!
I miss Walter Cronkite!! [nowtheendbegins.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 21, 2020:
I have been thinking for a long time the themes in the news cycle are planned, coordinated and practised. It seems to me that they are conceived rather like a movie or television series. There are plot lines, protagonists, and enemies. There are coordinated series of headline grabbing leaks. They are designed to build tension and an expectation of the enemies' destruction. However intricate and well planned, sometimes the production flops. It happened for the Mueller Investigation, it happened at the impeachment. It looks like it may be happening again.
A Good, Relatively Short Refutation of the Re-Writing of American History known as the “1619 ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 21, 2020:
This agrees with what I've read of the writings of people of the times. George Washington had slaves. He considered them inferior workmen to free men as they had no hope of gain from their labors. Jefferson had slaves and was deeply conflicted. He was torn between his ideals and the very practical issue that freeing his slaves would would bankrupt his family. As a general issue, American slavery was at best barely profitable at the time of the Revolution. Many slaveholders (like Jefferson) were anxious to to find a way out of this dilemma. The New York Times 1619 Project is based upon lies and deliberate distortions. It is a vile travesty, little different from the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
Spectator. US. "Coronavirus Keeps the Spotlight On Trump, and Away From Biden." [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 21, 2020:
There have been articles about rising poll numbers for Trump, despite hysterically negative coverage.
StrategyPage: Narco Subs and the trans-atlantic drug trade.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 20, 2020:
"A detection network, run mainly by the United States, located a lot more of these cocaine subs than there are warships available to run them all down. This was a problem that has yet to be solved. It is complicated by the fact that these aerial contacts can be lost even if you keep the search aircraft in the area for a long time so a surface ship can arrive." I wonder if the remote swarms of unmanned vessels the Navy is testing can be used for this task? Contact tracing with unmanned vessels could greatly extend the reach of a Coast Guard cutter.
bloomberg.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 20, 2020:
And just how will Mr. Soros' university be any different than the leftist secular seminaries that are our current university system?
Heartland Inst. "The Late Dyson Freeman. Climate Realist." [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 20, 2020:
People running around with their hair on fire always get more attention than clear eyed realists. God bless Freeman Dyson. May his memory be a blessing and met he live in light eternal.
AndrewMcCarthy: DOJ drops Mueller's case against 3 Russian businesses.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 19, 2020:
Andrew McCarthy makes a big point about Mueller's "dream team" making the basic mistake of indicting Russian companies. You can't throw a company in jail and you you can't force a Russian company out if business. The Federal Government could win a conviction if they charged me with public urination on Mars. I could protest it was absurd. They would bankrupt me trying to prove it was absurd. But Mueller was so arrogant he charged a Russian company.
Thanks to capitalism, grocery shelves keep getting restocked during emergencies- ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 19, 2020:
A national Strategic Toilet Paper Reserve? This is the depth of liberalism's intellectual insight? Well, at least they don't disappoint my expectations.
RealClearDefense: Marine Corps Commandant plans to radically reorganize the Corps.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 18, 2020:
The Marine Corps has always redefined itself for the next mission. It reinvented itself when the Navy changed from sail to iron steamships. The Marines redefined themselves as a force to seize and defend naval bases. Then it became the first Marine division in WWI. Then it became the US State Department's police force in the 1920s. Then they saw the looming war against Japan and the need to develop amphibious warfare; both practically and doctrinally. This is what set the course of the Corps for the next century. The Commandant is seeing another kind of war looming. We have depended on an invincible Navy since we won Guadalcanal. We won't have that in a potential war with China. The Corps will have to help the Navy win superiority. It's a topsy turvey world.
TheWarZone: The Space Force Receives its first offensive weapon. [thedrive.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 15, 2020:
The classic approach to space based communications systems is having a relative handful of very capable satellites. These are vulnerable to ASAT weapons. SpaceX's enormous constellations are a natural answer to this threat. What national government can afford to launch tens of thousands of ASAT missiles? SpaceX is getting a lot of US government help, both NASA and military. I think that's why.
Sky News Austalia.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 15, 2020:
It's an ill wind as does no good
What created this unusual hole in Mars?
timon_phocas comments on Mar 14, 2020:
I grew up amidst the southern Cascades in northern California. They're a volcanic chain that extends all the way up into Canada. There are many empty volcanic tubes, left behind as lava retreated. The ones in Mt.Shasta seem to 'breathe' with the mountain as the air warms and cools with the days and seasons (making them useful for free air conditioning in the summer).
townhall.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 14, 2020:
What? Two plus two equal poached Buicks? What?
I stocked up on food and wash cloths.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 12, 2020:
You can always subscribe to the New York Times. Moisten the paper and it substitutes for TP. As an added bonus, now your, um, well, 'output' will blend perfectly with the NYT editorial page...
Will Biden's Michigan meltdown be remembered in November?
timon_phocas comments on Mar 12, 2020:
I remember reading "The Selling of the President" by Joe McGinnis back in high school. He complained that Richard Nixon was packaged, advertised and sold to the public like any other merchandise. He had a point. Nixon was carefully scripted and kept himself 'on message' in his campaigns. The author related a few instances when Nixon had off-script conversations with people (and did it very well) but he overwhelmingly maintained message discipline. Joe Biden has neither the conversational skills for these off-script moments nor the personal discipline to avoid them. These lead to "viral moments" like the encounter in Michigan. I don't think he realizes the impact these moments have. I don't think he realizes each of those moments is like a hostile, multi-million dollar, ad campaign with millions of viewers. I do think we'll see more of them.
MSNBC manipulates footage of Biden cursing, threatening Detroit construction worker- ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 11, 2020:
Joe Biden does not seem to understand new media. If you listen the alphabet networks; well they self censor so everything looks just fine. When he goes off on someone, however, millions of people view an entirely different Joe Biden. He doesn't seem to understand the impact of those viral views.
Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 11, 2020:
I wish they would. I certainly hope they will get out of attack mode and back to journalism.
Wow! Chinese police wear smart helmets to check body temperature in crowds
timon_phocas comments on Mar 11, 2020:
Most Chinese males over 14 smoke. I wonder what that does to IR imaging?
What's your take on this article?
timon_phocas comments on Mar 10, 2020:
Both of the Democratic candidates pose a clear and present danger to the Constitution. Biden says he's moderate, but defines moderation as every position radicals agitate for. Sanders says he's a democratic socialist but he vociferously defends every communist thug in the world. The Democrats need to be overwhelmingly defeated so their radical fever dreams will be shown to be disastrous.
An interesting watch [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 8, 2020:
About time
Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups
timon_phocas comments on Mar 7, 2020:
Whoa!
Peter Thiel: Stagnation and how to get back to the future. [firstthings.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 7, 2020:
Peter Thiel is reviewing a book about civilizational stagnation and he seems to agree with its thesis. From Boeing 707s to Airbus A380s we're still flying at .8 Mach. We're still driving gasoline cars. Etc, etc. Airliner speed is a function of physics and chemistry not civilizational exhaustion. It takes lot more fuel to fly significantly faster and JP fuel only has so much energy. All that adds up to real money and airlines do like to make money. Likewise, gas powered automobiles are a matter of chemistry and its distribution network. Oil is drilled, pumped out of the ground, transported to refineries, and then transported every corner of the globe. Yet when it's burned as fuel, it releases more energy per unit than it took to accomplish all that processing. As for distribution, when I drive to see the Sandhill Crane migration in northwest Nebraska, there are gas stations in virtually every hamlet on the way. And it only takes about five minutes to fuel my car. Comparing airliners of 1960 to those of today is like comparing muskets to M-16s. New airliners are computers with aerodynamic surfaces, where pilot inputs are interpreted by computer systems. A 1960 Ford Falcon claimed 30 mpg. That was with a manual transmission, no air conditioning and no safety features. As an added feature, you were likely to boil away all the engine coolant going up steep mountains roads on a hot day(and there goes the engine!). My wife's Honda gets 35 mpg, has an automatic transmission, all wheel drive, air conditioning, front and side air bags, and an engine that will last a quarter million miles. This is not technological stagnation.
Shee’s baaaaaaack!!! And still stupid.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 7, 2020:
It's a peculiar kind of arrogance that openly displays how badly they would flunk fifth grade math.
Well so .
timon_phocas comments on Mar 7, 2020:
And Erdogan succeeds, yet again, in raising his extortion demands from the EU. "Nice little customs union you got there. Be a shame if it was overrun by indigent, violent refugees..." To paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, "the EU has the backbone of a chocolate elcaire."
The UK Government Is Too Scared To Release the Grooming Gang Report. [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 7, 2020:
The police arrested an Arabian and a cartelista who had a sideline business as human sex traffickers here in my small city in Colorado. They're currently in jail awaiting trial. They preyed on illegal immigrant girls.
As I guessed, they won't be able to make first, test SLS launch before the middle of next year - o, ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 6, 2020:
Fascinating how bureaucracies work. Instant assent, achingly slow compliance. Besides that, launches are risky. So many things can go wrong and failures are embarrassing.
Thoughts on this one?
timon_phocas comments on Mar 5, 2020:
What strikes me is that everybody in the media was expecting a Bernie/socialist wave before the election. Now the Biden campaign is the new juggernaut. What campaign? There was virtually no Biden organization outside of South Carolina. I think the media were broadcasting what they were parroting to each other. Outside of their bubble, socialism doesn't play very well. Democratic voters were given the choice of socialism or Biden and they chose the latter.
LA Declares State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus, Man In New York COLLAPSES On Sidewalk - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Mar 4, 2020:
The death rate is going to seem higher because we are currently only seeing the acute cases.
Yesterday marked thirteen years my good friend Sgt Ashly Moyer got killed in the Iraq War.
timon_phocas comments on Mar 4, 2020:
May her memory be a blessing, may she live in Iight eternal.
UK. thesun.co.uk. "Who Is Naomi Seibt?" [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 3, 2020:
"anti-science" Theories are useful if they accurately describe current conditions and predict future conditions This is not just an aspect of scientific methods, but a millenia old principle. Deuteronomy 18:22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed. One of the advantages in getting old is remembering all the apocalyptic predictions that never came true. Rachel Carlson, Paul Erlich, Club of Rome, Al Gore, and now Greta Thunberg all promised ecological disaster in the fuzzy future unless we immediately, and radically, changed. All of those fuzzy futures have come and gone. We're still here. Maybe they should check the warrantees on their crystal balls. But Greta Thunberg! Her fuzzy future hasn't arrived yet. So we're supposed to believe her as though she was a modern Moses. Or maybe, just maybe, she is one of those prophets Moses told us not to fear.
The king of gaffes retains his crown... [ammoland.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 2, 2020:
I hope Biden gets the nomination, if only for the comic relief. He thinks so much of himself, and there's so little there to think about. His shambolic malaprops, spoken to inflate his own importance, are the source of endless amusement.
I heard COVID19 is a total hoax to bring down Trump. Is that true?
timon_phocas comments on Mar 2, 2020:
Or maybe COVID19 was flavor of the month at fashionable D.C. coffee bars.
WaPo. "Pete Buttigieg Has Dropped Out." [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Mar 1, 2020:
Yay!
China Just LASED A US Navy Ship, Could Coronavirus Push Us To WAR? - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Mar 1, 2020:
This happened many times in the past, for example, when US aircraft overfly Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea.
Feel like crap but this huge news.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 29, 2020:
Point one is that the Taliban cannot be trusted, and Pakistan cannot be trusted. Keeping Afghanistan as a puppet state is one of Pakistan's primary goals. Taqiyya, lying to kafirs to advance Islam, is encouraged in Islam. Point two is that it is hideously expensive to wage an American style war in Afghanistan. All weapons and ammunition are shipped to Diego Garcia and then airlifted to Afghanistan. Other supplies can be shipped to Karachi and then trucked over the Pakistani road net (with much pilferage). It can also be shipped to Russia and then use the creaking Russian rail network to Afghanistan's border. Then it's off loaded to Afghan trucks. What I think will happen is the Taliban will take over Afghanistan at Pakistan's behest. Pakistan is a client state of China. The USGS reported that Afghanistan had a trillion dollars of untapped mineral resources. This report was issued in Bush 2's administration. I think China will move into Afghanistan for those resources. They will do to the Afghans what they are doing to to the Uighurs. They will be able to do this because they're a dictatorship, because they have 1.5 billion people, because they're close and because they'll have direct rail links. In the end, America's real strategic interest in Afghanistan is to prevent it from becoming another unhindered terrorist base. I think China will accomplish that.
MarsMission: Starship SN1 prototype blows up in a pressure test [m.youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 29, 2020:
@kresica posted an earlier video where the it was revealed that SN1 was assembled with the wrong settings on the welding machines. It also said SN2 will use the right settings.
NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s ...
timon_phocas comments on Feb 29, 2020:
Love the "live in 2 years" banner! 🤗
Steve Turley.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 28, 2020:
Erdogan uses migrant refugees to extort money from the EU. The EU pays Ergogan billions of euros a month to hold them in Turkey. Erdogan sends a few across the borders every once in a while to force the EU into sending more cash his way.
Liz Wheeler.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 28, 2020:
22:29 "Jesus answered and said to them, 'You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.'" AOC is ignorant of both these things.
"Joe Biden finally admits he was NOT arrested while trying to visit Nelson Mandela - but says he WAS...
timon_phocas comments on Feb 28, 2020:
Wait a few weeks and he'll say he served time in the cell next to Mandela...
Pope to Catholics: For Lent, give up trolling [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 26, 2020:
Maybe it's more fun to be a Baptist..
Having been involved in some of the Cutting Edge Agro Improvement and Tech industries, I can say, ...
timon_phocas comments on Feb 24, 2020:
The United States used to have locust plagues. They stopped when the praires were plowed under. Now the eco visionaries want to restore the praires into what they call, "the buffalo commons." They have no grasp of history. They have no clue about consequences.
Wow! Liberal rocker Chrissie Hynde praises Trump for honoring Rush Limbaugh with Medal of Freedom.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 22, 2020:
There are people who can reach across the lines. Rush uses the intro rif from one of her songs as the intro to his show, despite the publisher's initial refusal. Chrissie Hynde personally intervened so that he could use it.
Twitter suspends group of pro-Bloomberg accounts over 'platform manipulation' [reuters.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 22, 2020:
Twitterbots, they're not just for RUSSIAN oligarchs!
This is the world's first 3D printed hypercar that costs $1.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 22, 2020:
Supercars with the horsepower of WWII fighters and nearly the same speeds. My grandpa, an Oklahoma cowboy born in 1880, used to look at hotrods and say, "fast enough to brad your beak." I never quite understood what that meant, but it seems appropriate.
Brexit Britain: EU PANIC: Brussels fears groundbreaking new UK satellite system to surpass ...
timon_phocas comments on Feb 22, 2020:
Ariane launches from a former French colony in Guiana because it's on the equator. Britain owns equatorial islands that can be used as launch sites. Or it can use Commonwealth sites. Britain also has a world class university system. It has a long history of entrapeneurial innovation. It has the wherewithal to be at the leading edge of the new space industry.
Democratic California Gov.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 22, 2020:
So where's the physician who will prescribe me a 3.8 liter Jag E type for my emotional health? It's been devastating to be without one...
New York Lawmakers Propose Ban on Smoking Inside Private Homes [breitbart.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 21, 2020:
Switch to pot and they'll fall all over themselves defending your right to smoke.
TruNews Has Been Banned (subsequent to Trump signing the "Anti-Semitic" paper?)idental Dissent
timon_phocas comments on Feb 20, 2020:
I've never heard of TruNews before your post. I do not believe in the "perfidy of Jews." I do believe the universe was created by the God described in Jewish scriptures. I believe that God established the Jewish people to transmit this revelation through the centuries. I believe that God sent a Jewish Savior to extend that revelation to the whole world. Loving that Jewish Savior and hating his people is illogical. Although it's pretty hard to convince me that humanity is logical.
Fox News. "Pundits Call Bloomberg s First Presidential Debate 'A Disaster'." [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 20, 2020:
MSM pundits have a vested interest in declaring Bloomberg's campaig a disaster. If any oligarch-level billionaire can purchase a nomination, then they have instantly lost any claim to influence. Let's see how this settles out.
The inventor of the Cut, Copy and Paste function on computers, has sadly died.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 20, 2020:
Howdy @Naomi, We'll, it's certain this site wouldn't exist. As for Larry Tesler, he lived a good and productive life. May his memory be a blessing. May he live in light eternal.
How Powerful Is This Right-Wing Shadow Network?
timon_phocas comments on Feb 19, 2020:
Howdy @WilyRickWiles, Is there a network of conservative, politically active billionaires? Probably. Are they any less entitled than, say, Michael Bloomberg or Tom Steyer or George Soros to support their favorite causes with their money?
Haha! I though he was brutally honest.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 18, 2020:
It's a complicated question. Some companies can go full SJW and profit from it. It certainly worked for Nike. Other companies crash and burn. Gillette and Dicks Sporting Goods (a sporting goods retail chain here in the states.) are examples of the latter. I suppose it depends on who their customer base is. I worked with a doctor whose passions were environmentalism and world travel. He commuted 80 miles a day and he was flying to obscure parts of the world every other month. Quite the carbon footprint for an environmental evangelist. As an aside, he's also the only person I ever treated for dengue fever. Anyway, if the airline's customer base is like the good doctor then they may prosper.
American Thinker.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 18, 2020:
If that link didn't work for the video, try this one. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DXTbQkXUcjg
Coronavirus Cases Rise as Chinese Officials Fired for Outbreak Response | Subverse News - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Feb 18, 2020:
Informative, not hyped. Thanks
SpaceX Starship Updates – Zubrin Talks Starship Facts With Musk [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 17, 2020:
Two Starships a week. Wow!
SpartaReport: Cobalt mining. Save the trees or save the Congolese? [spartareport.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 17, 2020:
This highlights the moral arrogance of the Left. They hate US mining, which is highly regulated. They're perfectly happy, however, to let third-world kids shovel muck 12 hours a day to get the same ore in the Congo. The Left protests offshore drilling, as long as it's off the US. They say we must protect our delicate coastal ecosystems. They don't say squat, however, about Nigerian offshore drilling and delicate Nigerian coastal ecosystems. Oh yes. They tweet their righteous indignation on their $1,500 iPhones while driving their SUVs.
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 17, 2020:
Of course China won't hand over evidence of military research. They're a communist dictatorship. It's like expecting sharks to go vegan.
RCP/MarkHemmingway: Now Democrats are media bashers [realclearpolitics.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 16, 2020:
The media are in a tough position. After all, it's tough to figure out your opinions are out of the mainstream when all the other lemmings are running in the same direction.
Can we add Manafort to the 4 men Mueller railroaded in Boston?
timon_phocas comments on Feb 14, 2020:
The Mueller investigation's purpose was not to uncover evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump Campaign. Its purpose was to delay investigation of the Justice Department, State Department and intelligence agencies for grossly illegal and unconstitutional actions in 2016. Any Trump associates they could railroad into prison was a bonus.

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