Monday, January 23, 2017

One Year Ago...

It's very rainy and grey today - I think I read that a nor'easter is heading for New England but our temps are high enough for our part to just be rain. I'm good with that.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In A Violin Case? Huh?

A bit of news popped up recently. It was dated the first week of January. I didn't see anything about it originally. I'm not really surprised. Except the violin case part. That has me scratching my head. Apparently, someone found a cache of guns while walking along the C&O Canal Towpath. They spotted a violin case. The violin case had a gun in it. Further investigation turned up the cache.

 Now, I'm not surprised by the gun cache. There's several things it could be tied to. We're in the midst of a major heroin epidemic - drugs mean turf wars. We are in the middle of a flood of illegals who are bringing gang wars with them. We are near the nation's capital and that means major terrorist targets. The media is whipping the pre-existing hatred of anyone with a non- liberal opinion into a frenzy - at least 2 performers have dropped out from performing at the Trump inaugeration because of death threats. There are several possible explanations for a gun cache. But what flabbergasted me was the whole gun-in-violin-case thing. I mean, really? They didn't think that a violin case left in the woods would stand out?

The story is at

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Whodda Thunk It Started So Innocently?

Without being able to pit race against race, class against class, liberals have bupkis. They really can't point to any true successes of their policies because their aren't any.  So, as we've seen during and after this election, all they've got is name calling and false accusations.

The media does it in a big way, having an inflated opinion of their importance and an inability to grasp that they are becoming superfluous.  And if the facts don't fit, they just lie. Witness A&E's now cancelled series about the KKK.  Now, it's a running joke that these days that there are very few members of the KKK these days and 99% of them are undercover FBI agents.  But you have to have racial conflict in order to hold on to your position so Hey! KKK in America! Important!  Except the KKK folks involved have revealed how they were paid, how it was scripted right down to requiring them to use the word "nigger" rather than "black": basically that the so-called KKK reality show was not, well, real.  These days if I'm given the choice of believing the KKK or believing the media, I'll believe the KKK.  Sort of like if I was told one thing by Obama and the opposite by Putin I'd be inclined to believe Putin.

So what did we learn from this?  That reality shows aren't real and that the media lies?  Well, DUH!

But that whole thing happened just as I was doing some research before Christmas.  Since being a bitterly clinging Deplorable I have apparently contributed to the return of blacks to chattel slavery and the rise of the KKK, I thought I'd do some detailed reading about the history of the Klan.  I knew bits and pieces and generalities, but if my vote means I'm a card carrying supporter (still looking for that card) I want to know more details.

What I found was pretty interesting.

The Klan was founded in 1866 by six bored ex-Confederates in Pulaski, TN.  It had nothing to do with race, or revenge, or night riding. It was a lark, a club, and the fun was in developing costumes and in making up rituals and titles.  The first names suggested for for the club weren't very catchy: The Merry Six or the Pulaski Social Club were vetoed. The men were educated and familiar with college Greek letter societies.  Kuklos Adelphon was the favorite, so Ku-Klux.  "Klan" was added for some zip.  They decided to conceal their identities, so they came up with costumes that were colorful, "hideous and fantastic" and "most flashy."  In order to prevent recognition of their voices they communicated by whistles.

That was the origin of the KKK:  whistles and costumes, pranks and laughter.  It was play, and new members, initiated with silly gestures and donkey's ears pinned to their heads, flocked in to Den No. 1.

Then Den No. 2 was set up across the line in Alabama.  It most likely was set up in the same way as Den No. 1, but at some point its members became angry over a school that was set up for black children.  And they decided to do something about it.  Along with tormenting the students, they adopted an aim of maintaining white supremacy, and this version of the Klan took off in popularity in the former Confederate states.  The costumes and secrecy were very useful in terrorizing the black population.  It wasn't what the original founders wanted.  In 1868, a founder lamented that "the simple object of the original Ku Kluxes" had become "so perverted.  Better the Ku Klux had never been heard of."

Earliest known photos of KKK members, 1867 and 1871.  The costumes we associate with them were actually adopted from the movie "Birth of a Nation", which was released in 1915.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Holy Cow!

It's been a seriously wierd couple of months in one particular way.  Deaths.  The deaths have been wierd. The one I've struggled most with has been Charlie's. He was one of the few I kept in contact with after retirement.  Charlie represented the absolute best of what our agency once was. His other name was God as far as certain things that the once great Coast and Geodetic Survey did. Not to mention that he could make you laugh so hard you peed your pants.  A couple days before Christmas we got an email: Charlie died in a house fire.  A flippin house fire.  I can grasp Charlie died of a heart attack.  Or Charlie died in a car accident.  But I'm still struggling with Charlie died in a fire.

Then a few days later:  Leo's brother died on Christmas day in the blizzard that hit the Dakotas.  He went out to tend to his cattle and he died.  Leo is also part of The Good Old Days.  So wierd.

Then Harry.  From my church group.  A few days ago he went to sleep.  And just didn't wake up.  I'm not only shocked but worried about his wife, who I thought would go much sooner and who I thought was beginning to show some signs of dementia.

Today was a seriously freaky shock and an unpleasant blast from the past.  I was skimming through a crime report website for the eastern panhandle of WV and suddenly I saw where a guy who stabbed his clinical social worker to death 14 years ago had finally not only been ruled sane but has been sent to prison for life without parole.

I remember that phone call.  My daughter was crying.  She graduated from college with the victim.  She was trying to help him and he stabbed her over and over and over.  Finally, after 14 years, the murderer being put away forever.

It's been a wierd couple months.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

R.I.P. sweet Blackberry.  You lived twice as long as average with thyroid disease.  Your heart was bad and both eyes were taken over by melanoma.  Yet you almost made it to 18 - a goodly age for a cat.  And to the last, even as your kidneys failed, you liked to snuggle with me as I read.  As well as occasionally investigating the bathroom waste basket.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

You Know, It Boils Down To One Of Two Things

Leaving out the raging hypocrisy that liberals have honed to an art form, there's only two possibilities for the reason the left is making the accusations it is.  If you've heard the news, you know they've reached new heights of disgusting during the Session confirmation hearings, including a protester being removed who didn't even know Session's actual name.

As with so many things, it's really easy to do some homework and find out what Trump really said, what he really did.  What Sessions really said, and what he really did.  In a minute or two and you can find a record of a complete quote, a record of actions.  You and I know that, among other things, Sessions broke the KKK in his home state.  Yet somehow confirming him will bring the KKK to power.

So it boils down to one of two things.  Either liberals are profoundly and deliberately uneducated and ignorant, or they are liars.  And more and more I think it's the latter.  I think that because of their "ends justify the means" philosophy, they are happily, merrily, and with a great deal of self-satisfied smugness, lying.  They know as well as anyone could that their accusations are false.  It's just too easy to investigate things - they HAVE to know.

I have no words to describe the depth of the contempt I feel for these people.