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GJ, like Buckeye said, there are several guys in my circle who might take the bent nose approach of “that’s a nice little gig you got there running that senior center, would hate to see anything happen to it’.
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Mel and Henry, loved the VW/SAP zingers! I watched at lot of my RR customers piss away $1B++ on that crap knowing they would never crawl out from under it. Yuk!
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One last nicely written missive WRT our senior center until something is actually resolved. http://www.islandguardian.com/archives/00000554.html
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Law &Order, or Payton Place? Our county resting on the bottom course of the pyramid seems to have the same problems as the hoi polloi in DC https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/professor-who-once-faced-prison-over-allegations-of-sex-with-high-school-student-sues-san-juan-county-for-conspiracy/ Our sheriff is meh, but the county prosecutor is a full blown dirtbag. What a mess. And we will have to pay for it.
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Latest re our senior center run by commies: I have heard it is the Senior Services person, Debbie Haagensen who is Canadian – Anna Coffelt-Keutzing is the manager – Note: I received a citation and a trespass all in one day. Anna told me I could not give the “I Stand for the Flag” stickers to people and then called the sheriff. Community Thanksgiving Dinner – a 20 year tradition is cancelled. The lady who sent this around is our main Repub organizer for the county. I think there are going to be pickets outside during lunch for the foreseeable future.
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We still have a few P-3s flying out of Whidbey, but don’t hear/see many P-8s replacing them. The sound of a P-3 is unmistakable, so that may be a factor, although having Boeing birds at pattern altitude is not normal.
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While I'm throwing out War & Peace sized posts, let me do one last one: Excerpted from Mauldin's newsletter — food for thought: The Referees Suck Michael Lewis has just finished a seven-part podcast called Against the Rules. He begins by talking about referees, specifically the referees who toil at NBA games. Later episodes deal with the “referees” in financial markets, courts of law, civil society, and government. The first podcast discusses how the NBA has completely reformed the entire process of refereeing NBA games. Every play in every game is reviewed real-time from an NBA studio with 110 screens that sees every play from many different angles. When a referee in any NBA game asks for a replay, other referees in Secaucus, New Jersey call up the play, revisit it in slow motion and from different perspectives, and then make a final call within 30 seconds. Sometimes the ruling on the floor stands, sometimes it is overturned—in either case accompanied by loud crowd reactions. Because every play is now reviewed and referees after the game get to see where they made mistakes, the game has improved significantly. Referees now see their own biases and learn how to deal with them. The game has never been judged more accurately than it has been the last few seasons. The interesting thing is that there has been almost no recognition of this improvement by fans or players. The elite players are frustrated they no longer get away with what they had in the past or what other great players did in decades gone by. Think Larry Bird and the extra step or two he took on his drives to the basket. It doesn’t happen today. Today’s players are generally held to a clear standard, whether rookie or all-star, and the all-stars don’t like it. They think they deserve that extra step or a little grace in the judgment call. Not happening anymore. But the tone of the fans is also increasingly negative. To listen to the roar in the arenas around the country, you would think we are at an all-time low in the judgment of referees. Small confession: Before I recently moved to Puerto Rico, I had been a 35-year Dallas Mavericks season ticket holder. I have done more than my fair share of yelling at refs. Sometimes, sitting next to minority owners for the team, I was encouraged to yell at the refs. They cited research showing part of the home-court advantage came from abusing the refs. More than a few of us were delighted by Mark Cuban turning red faced as he yelled at the refs from the floor. It was just part of the game. And yet, Michael Lewis says this is part of the increasing coarsening of the culture. It is not just in sports that we yell, “Refs, you suck!” There is a general feeling that the system is rigged and the referees no longer fair. It’s not just in sports but also in the law, government, markets, in all the areas of life where we need outside judges to level the playing field. Nearly all of us have had our children angrily tell us, “That’s not fair!” Ref, you suck. We resort to lawyers at the drop of a hat, looking for arcane rules to solve problems that used to be solved in more civil and less expensive ways. We take to the streets condemning those who disagree with our sense of fairness and justice as part of a system that needs to be changed, if not brought down. Ref, you suck. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders both said in the last election that the system was rigged. Trump clearly struck a sympathetic chord in enough voters to become president. Sanders is still arguing that the tax system or the electoral system is rigged. So are many of his fellow candidates. Ref, you suck. One of the things you and I can agree on is that populist sentiments are not designed to produce compromise and solutions. Trump, and many of his associates, see problems in immigration or globalization or China or big government while the left increasingly sees income and wealth disparity as a core problem, along with climate change, racism, and a host of other issues. But the overarching theme on both left and right is that the “referees” are no longer fair or impartial. There is a general distrust of those who are protected by circumstances and wealth by those who consider themselves unprotected. More and more of our fellow citizens feel that they are in the unprotected category and that the referees suck. They no longer trust the leaders of either party to solve problems. They increasingly prefer to throw a wrench in the system rather than look for a solution or compromise.
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I sent out AB's link to Codevilla on AG yesterday. My bud who dug in deeper on the Legion mess posted this afterward: What a very interesting article. One influential person in my life said “notice what you are noticing.” Meaning, be aware of your surroundings and be conscious of what is happening, both economically and socially. In that vein, I was asked to attend an award event at the American Legion last night. While they are self described as being non-political, they were absolutely united in their revolution against the so called political elites who are “...wreaking vengeance upon the rest of America.” (See quote below). The Mullis Center, a public service institution, is being lead by folks who are decidedly un-American - they will not fly the American flag on the massive flag pole in front of their building, and will not allow prayer or reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in their facility - comparing such acts to a Nazi salute. It would appear the patriots who love America are frustrated and looking for an outlet to openly revolt against the Left who have been wreaking vengeance against America. This circumstance provides such an outlet. Believe me when I say these veterans have the bit between their teeth. I believe that America, those that are the center, or center right, of the political spectrum, have been thoroughly alienated by the Left. A Left that has now shown their true colors by willingly shoving down the throats of their fellow Americans infanticide, socialism, open borders, and the dismantling of the Constitution. America’s center, and right of that, have been looking for something to latch onto and are a hairs breath away from revolting openly. In short, this would appear to be a powder keg waiting for a spark. So this notion of “revolution,” as addressed in the article you sent this morning is, in my view, very real. From the article - “With the advent of the Resistance, the ruling class merged with radical identity groups and has become dependent upon them for electoral success. Because radical blacks, third-wave feminists, LGBTQ identitarians, etc. regard most Americans as enemies, given that “intersectionality”—i.e., concurrence in wreaking vengeance upon the rest of America—is what binds these disparate groups together, a victorious Democratic Party’s extra-legal rule will be far more noxious next time around.” Gettin' close, folks...
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Update on the senior center kerfuffle from my bud who went to the Legion last night: There was a trespass notice given by the Sheriff’s office to a veteran banning him from the Mullis Center for life. All the guy wanted was to join others for the 30 second pledge. That apparently is offensive enough. I was sent a huge download of documents this morning re this circumstance and asked to get involved - we’ll see. My review so far appears to show an arrogant, out of control facility manager, and a leftist chairwoman with an agenda. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week folks will be picketing the Mullis Center from 1100-1300 with signs calling for them to reinstate the pledge. I’ll likely join them.
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Update on the kerfuffle here between the senior center management and the local Legion. No arrests were made. Prolly just called the Sheriff. I’m guessing the deputies drink with the Legion guys, anyway. My lunch buds are going over to the Legion for dinner this evening to give a special award to the lead guy over there for pushing this nonsense into public arena.
Matt, re three ears, I wondered if anyone thought of doing a longitudinal study at that school. I went to a grade school in the Columbia Basin downwind of Hanford. Kids who were born and raised there had serious issues resulting from some of the crazier things that happened at Hanford. There was at least one test where they released radioactive iodine gas to see it kill some sheep. A couple decades later there was a spike in thyroid cancer that no one could figure out. All the milk produced in that region had issues.
Ok, finally loaded. Here’s the underlying link. http://www.theamericanmirror.com/american-legion-members-arrested-at-wa-senior-center-after-leading-banned-pledge-of-allegiance/#disqus_thread Definitely our guys.
Henry, I can’t get that Twitter link to open, but I’m assuming that is from our town. My buds are right in the middle of it. About three weeks ago several of them were late to our usual Friday lunch. The whole Legion went over to the community center to force the issue of offering the Pledge. Some local commie cow is the manager there and unilaterally stopped allowing the Pledge. None of the residents had a problem with doing it.
Re the garage doors opening and similar weird events, back in 94-95 in Amarillo, there’s a major rail yard with a highway alongside and a grade school across the street. The railroad had just installed the newly mandated car tag readers on each end of the yard to read the car tags entering and exiting the yard. Two seemingly unrelated things were occurring over a period of several weeks: 1) a lady with a late 80s Chrysler would have her car stall out and need a tow every time she drove by, and 2) every rail car leaving the yard failed to have its tags read. After much head scratching someone noticed an ancient Army radar installation behind the grade school. With absolutely no cooperation from the Army, they figured out that there was a massive RF leak emitted out the back of the sweeping antenna which was aimed down opposite the intended scan out the front. That errant signal was frying the car tags and the engine CPU on the Chrysler. Of course, no one thought about what it was doing to the grade school kids. And the railroad had to build a Faraday fence along the highway. And the radar facility was a useless relic of the Cold War waiting for the ruskies to arrive from over the Pole.
RG’s key fob: the trunk popping open is pretty obvious, but you could have unlocked the car just as often and you would never notice because you would still push the unlock button each time you walk up to it and hear the clunk.
I've been cringing slightly these recent months as my flying medical comes due. A couple of buds from the local airport actually went to a guy down in Seattle to make sure they cleared the BP test, which is now ratcheted down a notch from what it has been for decades. Now it is 155/95 and like everyone who ever goes to a doc, the white coat syndrome goes in spades for pilots. I LOLed at daddy's stories on that very issue. (Our local AME has a nurse Ratched who intimidates the patients while she administers the cuff.) So I've noted every chance I've had to get it checked to see if it is staying below those thresholds. Generally yes, but why all the swings? Just to make sure I was getting the straight story, I Duck'd the official reference from the feds. https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/hop/media/hypertension.pdf Although your blood pressure may meet the FAA-acceptable level of 155/95 or below, levels consistently above 140/90 should be of concern. For anyone, on or off blood pressure medication, these four practices will be of great help in correcting hypertension: 1) Weight reduction if overweight 2) Exercise 3) Low-salt diet 4) Diet low in fats and rich in fruits and vegetables. (It is assumed that no rational person smokes.) If you are overweight, a loss of 10 percent body weight will usually lower your blood pressure 10 percent. So, if you weigh 220 pounds and lose 22 pounds, an elevated blood pressure of 150/90 could lower to an acceptable 135/81. You would look and feel better at 198 pounds. Almost invariably, pilots who have consistently high blood pressure are overweight. (snip) The American Heart Association in November of 1996 found evidence that a diet low in fat and rich in fruits and vegetables was often as helpful as medication in reducing high blood pressure. Boy, am I glad they are on top of all this health stuff.
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Playing ketchup. For those of you who enjoyed the The Wrecking Crew documentary, I tripped over a similar effort on Netflix by Marty Scorsese, Rolling Thunder Review. A doc of Dylan and his reemergence into the music scene in the mid-70s. Except for about 10-15 minutes early in the show where there was a lot of jibber jabber by stoned groupies, the rest of it went along nicely. Lots of people you would never expect to see in that particular space. In our case, Dylan's Desire album was our all time fave and we got to see it done in small venues up close and personal. What was also interesting was that Dylan seemed pretty straight up throughout this time frame. Drove his own beater motorhome to the events. No limo arrivals. If he was stoned, it didn't show. Then when the credits roll, you see an absurd volume of shows they did right up to the present.
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Top comment from the Federalist essay: For years I had a ministry where I would take broken down bicycles that no one wanted and were junk and repair them,to be distributed to poor children in the inner city and Appalachia. being forced out of my normal cloistered lifestyle, I interacted with a great many people who were suffering and I learned some eye opening lessons. > My first lesson involved those people who were on welfare and treated it as though they were owed it and even more. Frequently they were generational welfare recipients being third of fourth generation. They were frequently angry and loud in their displeasure about not having everything they wanted and felt owed. Never mind that they routinely had air conditioning, washer/dryer, video game consoles (sometimes multiple ones), big screen TV (again, sometimes multiple ones), cars, and so forth. In many cases these people in "poverty" often had more than many middle class citizens in other countries such as those in Europe. Needless to say, these were people who strongly supported the Democratic Party, supported socialism, supported more help for the "needy", and so forth. The vast majority were obese and spent their money on prepared foods such as potato chips, soda, etc., and it was rare hearing anyone talk about cooking food from scratch. In fact, this population was largely uneducated, had a disdain for education, was confrontational to the point where disrespect for anyone not like them was endemic, dishonesty was a major issue, and so forth, that rendered many as unemployable had they even wanted a job. > The other group was largely those from Appalachia, but many were in the inner city as well. These people spent their money in ways to may things go further. Cooking, cleaning, having proper manners, honesty, respect, and such was a major source of pride and principle for them. One of their biggest laments was that they could not find a job. In fact they wanted any job they could get and it did not matter if it paid $7/hour or $15. Some were resentful of the higher wage because it was required by law which meant few jobs for everyone. > While there was so much wrong for both of these populations, there was one thing consistent which was the liberal policies meant to help that only hurt. It seems we now live in a world where we are going to help others no matter how badly it hurts them or how little they want the help.
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From a friend in Cowlumbus: This is purely anecdotal evidence on my part, but central Ohio is another mecca for Somalis, courtesy of "gumint," social, and church agencies. My wife spent many years as a teacher in schools catering to many of these Somali students. The Somalis hated African-Americans, calling them "Mud People," and maintaining their own tribal communities based on their heritage from Somalia. In the school cafeterias, they threw their school lunch food on the floor, proclaiming it "pig food." In the hallways, they pushed female teachers out of their way, expressing the usual Somali contempt for women. Yes, there are probably "nice" Somalis, (especially some female students) who wish to become a part of American culture, but they are rare, and the typical Somali "culture" is incompatible with American principles and respect for others. But then, of course, we are not permitted to notice this, let alone to speak of it.
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DrJ, and CH: a note on the local music scene. CH mentioned that Oberlin could go to hell, except for the Music Dept. Turns out a local kid who has performed 18 times at our local music chamber at a buddy's house over the last 7-8 years has studied composition under Jeffrey Mumford at Oberlin. What's fun is watching this kid make remarkable improvements in his performances over that time. He's now doing 80-100 recitals a year and will be spending a fair amount of time performing in Germany this summer. His first job out of school was teaching at a little international private school here in town. Right out of the box someone asked him to gen up a little piece to honor a school teacher who was retiring on the next island over. So he had about two days to conjure something. Well, last night he performed that piece for the same lady who turned out to be a friend from our yacht club. Really a lovely piece. This was in addition to Scarlatti, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. The Chopin piece was the best and brought the 90+ sized crowd to their feet. (Scherzo no. 2 Op 31 in B-flat minor)
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Not related to the debate in any significant way, but all this lesbian talk just reminded me that about 25 yrs ago, we went down to the Ohio Theater for a k.d. lange concert. Never thought about her being gay, but when we walked in, I realized I was one of about a half dozen men in the room. The vast majority of the women were of the stout, flannel shirt wearing variety.
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AB, no idea how that Brit thing was evaluated, but I can imagine a basic observation that, like many of us might observe, if you used to be able to count gays in your immediate environment on one hand and a decade or two later you run into them everywhere you turn, well, you can draw reasonable conclusions. For instance in our very liberal neighborhood, I know of one couple who are our next door pals. That and a couple that hang around our community theater.
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I may have mentioned this before, but I recall that after the war, Britain discovered a huge sub population of boys born during the blitz who ended up gay. The presumption was that the extraordinary stress imposed on the pregnant mothers from the bombing caused some change in their development. Might have also had something to do with missing/lost fathers, I suppose, but that may have been taken into account. So, nurture at the most primal level?
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Speaking of Flip Wilson, probably the funniest skit I ever laughed my way through was him doing Rocky Racoon. Was one of the variety shows like Smuthers Brothers, or one of their summer replacements. Tried to find it on youtube, but never surfaced.
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Just finished that Scorched Earth article. Had no idea the Joseph Farah had stroked out from his jackbooted interrogation. Corsi may just have the necessary nads to win some of those lawsuits filed.
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