Saturday, March 31, 2018

They started running

Jeff had just gotten back from picking up dinner from Pappy’s Barbeque which was just up the road from his house. The smokey aroma of the ribs filled The Sipper.  The only thing that kept him from grabbing one was having to deal with greasy fingers sliming up the steering wheel.

He cradled the bags of food in his arms as he tired opening the door to his house – the most used door that opened straight into the kitchen.  Then his phone rang. Crap.  A third thing to do.  Two things were bad enough.

He rushed in and dropped the food on the breakfast table. Reached in his pocket…it was his nephew, Chris.

His 27 year old nephew moved to Las Vegas a year or so ago. It had been eight years since Chris’ dad – Jeff’s brother – had died. Jeff and Chris had kept in contact, talking frequently about news events and money. 

Chris was in Vegas to make money the best way he knew how:  gambling.  He was an avid card player and did surprisingly well.  He wasn’t rich…but it paid the bills.  Jeff always marveled at this – since he himself always needed a little more certainty in life.

“Hey, Uncle Jeff!” Chris’ smooth voice was the exact opposite of off putting. Calm, quiet and seem to draw you in.  It expressed a curiosity and hidden knowledge that people picked up on. Jeff realized this was a perfect persona for a gambler.  Silent, non-aggressive and harmless, yet a foe one better be prepared to reckon with.

“Chris!  How are things in Sin City?”

“Well, ok, I guess.  I think they should change the nick name to Binge City.  It better describes what people do when they come here.”

Jeff chuckled. “Well that for sure is “A” sin.  Settling in ok there?”

“Yeah, that’s what I called to talk to you about.”

Jeff picked up on something.  Maybe he wasn't doing as well as Jeff had thought he could do. 

“What’s wrong?  Running into a bit of a bad streak? The Mob after you?”

“What?  Hey! No!  I’m doing pretty well.  The bills are being paid.  The Mob loves me –“

Jeff sort of lowered his voice “uh…I’m assuming that’s a joke?”

Chris, chortled “Yes, I’m joking there.  But I am doing a little better than treading water. The bills are paid, I get to eat out.  Stuff a few greenbacks in the bank.  Life is good.”

“So….what’s the call about?”

Chris paused for a second.  “There’s something going on.  There are people here.  A lot of them.”

“You mean over and above the flow of tourists?  Are we talking military?  What?” Jeff wasn’t really serious about the military.  At least he hoped he wasn't.

“No.  No military.  But after the first six months I moved here, you could see something was not right.  I asked my neighbor about it.  He seemed to know more about it than I did.”

“Chris, what’s happening?  What’s going on?”

“My neighbor just said ‘it’s those damn Californians!  I wish they’d stay the hell away.’ Uh, he said that second statement, too.  I didn't say that.”

“I don’t think I understand.  I did read a lot of people in California were moving to Oregon, Nevada and Texas to get away from the taxes.”

“No.  No.  These people here didn't run away from California for that. In fact, I think a lot of them probably haven’t worked in some time.”

“Oh, so they were laid off or something?  Explain to me what you’re seeing.”

“They live in tents.  They are all gathered around the southern end of the city – “

“How many are we talking about?  Ten? Fifty?”

“No.  More like a hundred maybe.  Maybe two hundred – I haven’t tried to count them.  Keep in mind this has been going on for a year or so.”

Jeff realized there was something going on that the news wasn't telling. “Chris, what are others saying?”

“I was at the grocery store yesterday.  I started chatting with a man and his wife.  Turned out they were from California.  They didn't live in a tent.  They’d been living in Vegas for a couple of years.  But they knew more about the people in the tents than I did.”

“So, what did they tell you?”  Jeff was starting to not like Chris’ personality at this point.  It was clear to him that Chris knew a LOT more than he was telling.  This “story building” was getting in the way.

“Okay.  Okay” Chris could sense the impatience. He knew he had to deliver.  “So, the couple said that things in California were way, way worse than we had been led to believe.  The husband and wife were maybe in their 70s. But they still had many friends and family in…what was that city…. [Jeff was losing it now] oh – Oakland. Yeah.”

“So, what’s happening in California?”  Jeff forgot about the ribs. They were cold now.  Dinner was going to have to wait.  His wife had just walked into the kitchen looking at Jeff with that that  “what’s going on?” look.

“Uncle Jeff….the – the…”  Jeff had never ever heard Chris stutter.  He was searching for words to encapsulate what he was seeing happening.  And, being Chris, he wanted to make sure he aptly described the situation in as few words as possible.  But then the words came out in one steady and intense stream.

“California is a listing ship.  Things are getting bad.  This is only the beginning.  It will be holy hell when the ship is upside down.  And the pain won’t stop there.  The true agony will occur when the ship tries to right itself.”

Jeff was stunned.  His mind whirling.  “I…don’t understand a thing you just said.”

Chris – his voice getting calmer and lower – never a good sign. “The shit isn’t about to hit the fan.  It started hitting the fan for a while now.  And it probably won’t stop…for years.  Those people in the tent city?  How are they going to survive in the Vegas heat?  WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE TO YOU?”

Jeff’s eyes popped out. 

“They’re refugees. From California.”

There was silence.  Chris broke it.

"There's gonna be millions"

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Starbucks, other coffee sellers ordered to warn California customers of carcinogens in coffee

Coffee, other than cigarettes and alcohol, is probably the most researched substance known to man.  You would think that by now, someone somewhere would have discovered this phantom cancer link by now.

What a load of BS.
A judge ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers in California must provide a cancer warning on their products for customers.

A nonprofit group sued several companies that sell coffee, including Starbucks, coffee distributors and retailers in 2010.

The lawsuit claimed those companies violated state law, which requires them to warn consumers about chemicals in the roasting process that may cause cancer. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, which is a carcinogen.

Attorneys for about 90 companies said the chemical is present in the process, but that it's at harmless levels and is outweighed by the benefits of drinking a cup of coffee.

The ruling came despite eased concerns in recent years about the possible dangers of coffee, with some studies finding health benefits. In 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer - the cancer agency of the World Health Organization - moved coffee off its "possible carcinogen" list.
And we all know now who will profit from this ruling:  LAWYERS. They will probably all make a cool million each.

They started closing....

Jeff hung up the phone. Well, maybe that’s what it’s called.  Literally, he hit the giant red button on his smart phone to disconnect the call.

Sarah came into the den where Jeff was.  “Who were you talking to?” she asked.

Jeff stood, patting his pockets which is usually a sign, when it’s a man, that he’s looking for his car keys.

“That was Phillip. He’s stranded in Jackson.”

“What?  Stranded?”  

Jeff was a little concerned (in other words…his forehead started to crinkle). “Yeah….he had round trip tickets for Atlanta to Meridian.  He was visiting his ailing mom...”  His voice trailed off as he looked around the coffee table for his car keys.  He sort of got back on track after he found them 2 seconds later. 

“Darndest thing.  The city closed the Meridian Airport. Effective immediately.  No planes allowed in or out.”

Sarah’s eyebrows shot up. “What? Just like that?  With people stranded God know where? Wait, ummmm, the airline doesn't fly to Jackson from Atlanta”

Jeff explained.  “Yeah, you’re right.  They fly from Atlanta all the way to Dallas.  And then to Meridian.   But today…”  He grabbed his coat, shoving his arms into the sleeves while finishing the sentence. “… they were diverted to Jackson, while in the air.”

“In the air? That doesn't make any sense. Was there a terrorist threat?”

“Not that I know of…. But, you never know.  Maybe I’ll hear something on the radio.”

Jeff left his home.  The drive to the Jackson airport is really not a bad drive.  It’s roughly 90 miles; a few minutes off of I-10.

Jeff peered around the pickup point looking for Phillip.  There he was, waving and smiling.  Jeff pulled over and Phillip jostled the passenger side handle…it was locked.  Jeff quickly hit the “unlock” button.  “Sorry about that” he said as Phillip opened the car door.

“Hey!  No problem!  Thanks for rescuing me!”  Phillip was a sort of “loudish” person.  Friendly to anyone and everyone and never held back his opinion.  “Effing stupid airline” he said as he slammed the door maybe a little too hard. “Oh, sorry.”

Jeff smiled a little amused, completely understanding his frustration.

As Jeff looked around to make sure all was clear he headed out to the freeway. “So what the heck is going on?  There was nothing on the radio about this.”

“Jeff, I don’t have a clue.  There was nothing wrong with the plane.  The pilot came on and apologized for the inconvenience and said all service to Meridian was discontinued effective immediately. He said we were landing in Jackson and it was up to us to figure out how to get to Meridian.”

“Doesn't that plane also hop on over to Laurel as well?”  Laurel was another small city that has a small regional airport like Meridian.

“You got it!  Hey, can we stop and get some coffee?  They didn't even have the wherewithal to give us the cheap-ass drink on the plane.  Lousy bastards!”

Jeff winced a bit as he glanced down at his gas gauge needle as it hovered just above “E”.  “Yeah…sure.  I have to get some gas anyway.”

Phillip frowned a little. “Oh, I’m sorry about that.  I’d be glad to help you pay for the gas.”

“Oh, that’s ok. I’m driving ‘The Sipper’ “.  The phrase was something his wife came up with since it got the best mileage of their two cars.

“Holy Crap!  Look at the price!” Phillip said as they coasted down to the only empty pump.

Jeff responded, “I know.  Yesterday it was six bucks even. Look at that.  It’s already up to seven even – uh maybe six ninety nine and nine tenths.”  One of the mysteries in life, how they priced gas.

The Sipper had an eleven gallon tank.  This was going to cost him almost seventy seven bucks.  It was a good thing he lived just 10 minutes to work.  Hard to believe just a couple years ago they were only paying three dollars a gallon. What the heck happened?

Jeff and Phillip both went in to get some coffee and saw a man berating the cashier. He was a large, round man.  He was sweating profusely.  He was almost as loud as Phillip. He looked concerned and maybe a little frantic.

“…no way to get to Columbus now?  I can’t wait for the next available bus.  That's near the end of the day!”

The cashier was obviously getting a nervous. “Mister, I’m sorry I can’t help you. I don’t control the buses or planes or taxis or anything. Either you stop what you’re doing or I’m calling the police!”

Jeff stepped up, not really trying to help but was intensely curious about all of this. “Say, did you get rerouted to Jackson, too?”

The sweaty man turned to him, showing a small amount of relief. “Yes!  Danged straight! I don’t know what’s going on.  I can’t get to Columbus.  The airport there has been shut down! What the hell is going on?”

The cashier, who Jeff noticed was eager to join this conversation. “You guys aren't the only ones.  From what others have said almost all of the regional airports have been shut down.  Everyone has been routed to Jackson.  There are buses but they have all filled up and the waiting list is hours and hours long.”

The sweaty man interjected “But I have to get back home.  My wife is trying to take care of her 80 year old mother all by herself.  I was only gone for two days.  I can’t let this drag out much longer. Gracie has a tendency to wander out the door if not watched constantly.”

Jeff, always the guy to jump in to help said “Hey, I can take you.  The car is a bit small but if you help with the gas, we can get you there pretty fast.  We’re headed to Meridian right now.  Phil, are you in hurry to get home?  I think it would be faster if we headed up to Columbus first and drop off….” he looked at the sweaty man hoping to get his name.

“…Foster.  You can call me Foster”.

“…Foster…first...and then we can head down to Meridian.”

Phillip shrugged.  “Hey I’m willing to help, too.  We can all swap notes on the drive.”

After they got their coffee, they all walked out to The Sipper.

Phillips last words before getting into the car started the long conversation all the way to Columbus. “So he was going to call the police?  Fat chance anyone showing up.  I read the other day Jackson slashed their patrol car budget by half.  Half!  How the hell are they going to ….” 

The car doors shut, the large round sweaty man having stuffed his frame into the back seat...and they drove off.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

VDH: The way we were. The way we are.

Hard to believe that someone would use the term "Thank God for Mississippi" with CA!!  Just astounding!

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

The more things change..... the more they remain the same.

Remember the onslaught on smoking?  And the past several years trying to heighten our awareness of problems caused by obesity?

The post no longer exists, but several years ago, someone stepped forward stating that the war on obesity is following the blueprint of the war on smoking.  So I did a google search using the terms "smoking linked to" and "obesity linked to" and sure enough, it's as plain as night and day. Since the outcome is to ensure the insertion of the government controlling aspects of our lives, why NOT use the same tactics.  It worked once, why not again and again and again?  

Whatever they want to control, they can just trot out the scientists who did the "research" and assertively proclaim "[Obesity] [smoking] is linked to [insert disease/ailment/social calamity]"

If you think about it, it all makes sense.  Why change the blueprint?  Or the roadmap?  And once the "call" goes out (as in "early research shows...." then the governments and NGOs start handing out grant money like candy to prove whatever.  

So, let's look at.....Climate change along with smoking and obesity:


Now let's look at violence:

Let's look at IQ:

How about racism?

I mean this could go on and on and on.  

If you smoke, you're stupid.  If you're obese, you're stupid.  Climate change is making you stupid.  Do they honestly expect us to believe this? Incredible!  I guess they think we're that, uh, stupid.

How bad is it in Sweden? Ask their neighbors/

So what do they think?  I think this Danish comedy sketch pretty much tells what the adjoining countries  think of Whackadoodle Sweden.

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REALIST NEWS - Pension Nightmare: CalPERS on the Brink of Insolvency

Jsnip4 covers this pretty good.  I keep telling you GET OUT OF CA!!  When the bottom falls out, that giant sucking sound will be you being pulled down with it.

Here is the link to the article he makes reference to.

The pension crisis at CalPERS is getting worse by the day. The State looks to be totally bankrupt by 2021-2022. CalPERS has just decided to increase the contribution of local governments and cities to their fund. The cities say they are approaching bankruptcy because of rising subsidies, but CalPERS itself is approaching insolvency. The problem is that there really is no honest reform in sight. The choice is clear – CUT pension benefits of government employees or RAISE TAXES! CalPERS simply needs a bailout and very soon. It looks like they are hunting for ways to tax whatever they can for it only now about state employees getting their piece of your future income. This is a trend that will bring down Western society as a whole – the Sovereign Debt Crisis of untold proportions.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

In potential blow to conservation efforts, U.S. court rules restoration moves harmed farmers

Of course it is.  And the EPA knows this and doesn't give a HOOT for the Common Man.  And I've never been able to understand how they were able to get away with it after all these decades.  The Supreme Court has already ruled that if a county or state suddenly changes the rules and regulations regarding beach front property that lowers the value of that property, the owner is justified in being compensated for this loss.

A federal judge ruled last week that a federal agency’s actions to improve habitats for endangered species along the Missouri River exacerbated floods, causing damage to local farmers whose land was temporarily inundated. Although this was only the first part of a multiphase case, if the ruling is upheld it could undermine future river restoration efforts nationwide and stymie enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by forcing the government to pay damages to any landowner affected by environmental restoration activities.

“The implications of this ruling are huge,” says Brad Walker, who headed river restoration efforts for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment in St. Louis before retiring earlier this month. “It’s attacking the heart of the legitimacy and reason for doing river restoration.” If the ruling is upheld in the next phase of the case, which is anything but certain, “it would effectively kill the application of the Endangered Species Act,” says John Echeverria, an environmental lawyer at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton.
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

THE CHRISTIAN PURGE: Christian Teacher Dismissed for Saying 'God Loves You' to Lesbian Student

What else could it be?  If you're a devout Christian and try to poke your head up WHACK!  You are TOAST!!!!

I can tell you how all of this will end:  Parents will remove their children from public schools and there will only be a handful of people left for the Leftist to "teach" (aka indoctrinate/brainwash). We are watching the end of public education.

A UK Employment Tribunal has dismissed the discrimination claim by a Christian teacher dismissed by a UK government-funded pre-apprenticeship academy for answering students' questions about her beliefs.

Svetlana Powell, a teacher of some 17 years' experience, was dismissed by the T2 Apprenticeship Academy in Bristol, England in July 2016 after being asked by students about her views on homosexuality. She was also reported as a "radicalization threat" to the government's anti-terrorist watchdog, Prevent.

In reply to a question by a 17-year-old student, Mrs. Powell said that her personal belief was that homosexuality was against God's will, but that He loved every person, regardless of what they did, or who they were.
"I was surprised that my contract was terminated," Powell said. "I was telling them about the love of God and love of each other. For them to compare my Christian views to terrorist acts, that was absolutely appalling."

The Academy's Chief Safeguarding Officer, Sian Prigg, told the Tribunal that after a group of students complained that they were "brainwashed and preached to", she decided to contact the local coordinator for Prevent - the government's 'counter-terrorism' strategy group – to report the incident. Mrs. Powell said she did not know of being reported as a "radicalization threat" until she brought a legal claim against the Academy and read Mrs. Prigg's witness statement for the Tribunal.
 This is utterly pathetic and disgusting.  So she is the one "brainwashing" the kids?  Are you kidding me?  We live in an utterly sick and twisted society.

Oh, if you think it will stop at the Christians, forget it!  If you say something like "well, I don't agree with the Christians, but I believe in their right to express their beliefs" get ready.   YOU'RE NEXT!!

If you live in the UK:  GET OUT!! GET OUT NOW!!!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

San Francisco could become largest US city to ban fur sales

Fruit case, nut case, Whatever.  

I loved Seoul South Korea.  One of the reasons, the South Koreans have no fear of wearing real fur from real animals.
If the Board of Supervisors approves the ban Tuesday, San Francisco would join two other California cities, West Hollywood and Berkeley, in saying no to a symbol of glamour that animal advocates say is built on cruelty and does not reflect the city's values.

San Francisco has a strong social conscience, often at a cost to businesses. Its board banned the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco, which voters will consider in June, and prohibited performances by exotic animals. In 2016, San Francisco approved what was then a groundbreaking paid parental leave law, requiring private employers to offer six weeks of fully paid leave.

No, they have a strong sense of STUPIDITY.

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California teacher put on leave after asking if school would allow a pro-life walkout

It seems to me all they had to do was tell her "no".  I think the correct term for this is persecution.
Benzel said “I just kind of used the example which I know it’s really controversial, but I know it was the best example I thought of at the time—a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided ‘I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes’ and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration?”

She insists she “never discouraged her students from participating” in the demonstration, but considered the propriety of a (public) school supporting some protests … but not others.

[Benzel] says the administration didn’t talk to her about her lecture, last week.

But while thousands of students walked out of class, Mrs. Benzel received a letter from her human resources department, informing her she’s being placed on paid administrative leave.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Californians fed up with housing costs and taxes are fleeing state in big numbers

Pride cometh before the fall.....

Based on the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey data, "lower income Californians are the ones who are leaving, not higher income," said Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of research and consulting firm Beacon Economics in Los Angeles.

He said housing is the chief reason people are leaving California, pointing out there are frequently bidding wars for what limited inventory of homes is available.

A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll of Californians last fall found that the high cost of living, including housing, was the most important issue facing the state. It also found more than half of Californians wanted to repeal the state's new gas tax, which raised fees by 40 percent.

"The rate at which California has been losing people to other states has accelerated in the past couple of years, in part because of rising housing costs," said Jed Kolko, chief economist with employment website
I hope they are leaving because they read my blog!  But...I know that isn't true. They are living the hell of CA.  GET OUT!!!!  NOW!

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Swedish Countess Who Escaped to Hungary: “There is no Public Safety. We Live in Fear.”

I knew it was bad in Sweden, but holy crap! the State doesn't tell you how really bad it is?  Why would a small country like Sweden want to WIPE itself off the map like this?

The only reason I Can come up with is...MONEY!  The intelligensia of Sweden are being bought and paid for their acquiescence.  And when the rape and pillaging really beging, it will be like the last days of Saigon as the Remnant leave in whatever mode they can think of to escape the hellhole that was made

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Friday, March 16, 2018

San Francisco is losing more residents than any other city in the US, creating a shortage of U-Hauls that puts a rental at $2,000 just to move to Las Vegas

I think I may need to resurrect my U-Haul Index
San Francisco lost more residents than any other city in the US in the last quarter of 2017, according to data from real-estate site Redfin, which sampled a million users. The data factored in the number of residents that cities gained, meaning San Francisco lost a net 15,489 residents; about 24% more than the next-highest loser on the list, New York City.

This is expected to continue into 2018, considering that, as of February, 49% of Bay Area residents were looking to move out of San Francisco, according to a survey by public-relations firm Edelman.

If that data isn't enough evidence of a heavy migration, consider the shortage of U-Haul moving vans in the Bay Area, which has inflated costs so much that it costs $2,000 to rent a truck from San Jose to Las Vegas — but only costs $100 the other way around, according to local news reporter Michelle Robertson from SFGate.

In fact, it costs twice as much to rent a truck from San Jose to almost any other destination city than to rent the same vehicle in the opposite direction.

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Google Puts the Squeeze on LifeSiteNews

This has really got to stop.  The likes of Google, Twitter, etc are becoming politically oppressive.

Google, the world’s most popular internet tool, has removed revenue-generating ads from select LifeSiteNews reports after it deemed that some of the content on the pro-life and pro-family website violated Google standards.
Stories that were regarded as unacceptable by Google included a woman reporting on the sexual abuse she experienced growing up in an LGBT home, a piece featuring a baby born prematurely and looking conspicuously human, one with a video of another conspicuously human fetus still in the amniotic sac, and a story with no images of a baby born alive after an abortion failed.

Stories that were regarded as unacceptable by Google included a woman reporting on the sexual abuse she experienced growing up in an LGBT home, a piece featuring a baby born prematurely and looking conspicuously human, one with a video of another conspicuously human fetus still in the amniotic sac, and a story with no images of a baby born alive after an abortion failed.

College librarians argue Christians who say 'God bless you' are Islamophobic

That's PLURAL Librarians.  How many demented librarians are there out there?  And now with the Internet, there can't be more than half of them left!
“Islamomisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicates hostile, derogatory, or negative slights in relation to the beliefs and religious practices of Muslims,” the librarians argue. “They are structurally based and invoke oppressive systems of religious/Christian hierarchy.”
Oh!  So it's Christianity that is oppressive!  Go tell that to the millions of Christians who are dead today at the hands of Islam.

Utterly, utterly stupid.

Monday, March 12, 2018

This Graphene Filter Makes Dirty Saltwater Drinkable

I sure hope this works.  Still today reverse osmosis is an energy hog.  Unless it's brackish water.  That's easier.  Just get it into mass production!

The filter uses Graphair, a type of graphene, a material made from a thin layer of pure carbon. A film made from the new version of the material, with microscopic nano-channels, has a “unique atomic structure where the channel only allows pure water molecules to pass through while rejecting all the bigger particles of contaminants,” says Dong Han Seo, a researcher at the Australian research organization CSIRO. Salt, oil, chemicals, and other pollutants are blocked by the filter, while water flows through.

Typical large desalination plants use reverse osmosis, an energy-hogging process that uses high-pressure pumps to force water through membranes. The graphene filter can be used with a different process called membrane distillation, which runs on a difference in temperature between the clean and dirty water.

Anti-Christian crime causes increasing concern in Germany

What did you expect?  Did you hear my question?  WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

German conservative politicians have expressed shock after figures leaked by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) revealed 97 anti-Christian hate crimes in the country last year.

The figure was published by the Funkemedia group several months before the German security forces are due to release official annual crime statistics. A BKA spokeswoman told DW that the figures were still preliminary and could be subject to addition or alteration, and only covered the period up to the end of November.

According to the reports, a quarter of the 97 cases comprised attacks on churches and Christian symbols, and there were 14 cases of violent "anti-Christian crimes" among asylum-seekers or refugees. That number includes the murder of a Christian convert by a fellow refugee in Prien, Bavaria. There were also nine cases of bodily harm.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) party which governs that state, told the Funkegroup that integration in Germany required absolute tolerance of Christian values. "Anyone who wants to live here must distance themselves from any anti-Christian disposition," he said. "Otherwise, they are simply not welcome."
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Judge rules California can’t force Christian baker to make same-sex wedding cakes


In actuality of fact, this is EXACTLY the way it's supposed to be.  The opposite would be the doom of the USA.

“It is an artistic expression by the person making it that is to be used traditionally as a centerpiece in the celebration of a marriage. There could not be a greater form of expressive conduct,” the judge wrote.

His decision contrasts with a ruling out of Colorado, where a court ruled that a baker could not refuse to bake for a same-sex couple, arguing the state’s public accommodation law trumped that baker’s First Amendment claims. That case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

David Mullins and Charlie Craig filed a complaint after Colorado baker Jack Phillips told them he wouldn’t create a custom cake for a party celebrating their union in 2012, because it violated his Christian faith. After feeling rejected, the couple filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Commission.

As a result of the ruling, Mr. Phillips has not been making wedding cakes at all in order to appease the court’s order and not violate his faith, which has cost him a large portion of his profits.

His case is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East

My only questions is: just how long can this keep up?  And it's not really "crude oil" that were selling.  It's medium to light condensates such as butane, propane, pentane, etc that is captured from fracking wells.  But, it has a lot of value.
Yet, in a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from the U.S. in December, according to data from the federal government. A tanker sailed from Houston and arrived in the Persian Gulf last month.

The cargo of American condensate, a type of very light crude oil, was preferred to regional grades because its superior quality made more suitable for the U.A.E’s processing plants, a person with knowledge of the matter said, asking not to be identified discussing a commercially sensitive matter.

“As a member of OPEC and a large crude producer, I would imagine they would be very self-sufficient in their own crude supply,” said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates LLC. The purchases of U.S. oil aren't likely to continue, given the U.A.E.’s own supply, Lipow said.

Daughter of famed sci-fi author reveals sexual horrors she suffered growing up in LGBT home

What stands out foremost is the complete lack of LOVE.  How can people be this way?

The couple’s LGBT ideology was constantly imposed on the children by both parents. Greyland says that Zimmer Bradley expected her to take on masculine mannerisms and to become a lesbian, and was disappointed in her attraction to the opposite sex, accusing her of being a “breeder.” Greyland also had to hide from her parents her conversion to Christianity which would have been received with terrible derision.

Alarmingly, Greyland reveals that her parents’ sympathetic views of pedophilia and pederasty had been a public fact for decades, one known particularly among science fiction and fantasy fans who attended fan conferences. Science fiction fans documented Breen's molestation of at least ten children by 1963, which had only resulted in his temporary exclusion from the largest science fiction fan convention, Worldcon, and was never reported to the police. Breen continued to attend conferences for many years afterward, baiting children he targeted with abuse with various science education gadgets that would attract their attention.

‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin

We are entering the era of "Trustless" monetary exchanges.  What has happened is banks and credit card companies have proven themselves to be untrustworthy. I won't go into the details, but suffice it to say, that the Wells Fargo credit card fraud reveal did not result in anyone going to jail.

We should all be shocked and incensed with the fact that public trust AND LAWS were broken.  It's not enough for people to just lose their jobs.  They need to pay the penalty and GO TO JAIL!

So, that's the backstory as to why people are getting into bitcoin, lite coin and such.

But with the Trustless system, the customer takes on a very huge burden that was once given to those that showed us they weren't up to the job themselves.  The asset holder must now understand that if he fails to guard his money, he will lose it.

This is the story of one man who very carelessly neglected his asset of bitcoin and almost lost it all.  But through perseverance and determination, he was able to exploit a flaw in the hardware wallet to retrieve his BTC.

I went into her room and looked under her pillow. It wasn’t there. I looked under her bed, dragging out the storage boxes to get a better view, using my phone as a flashlight.

“Carla?” I asked. “Did you see that orange piece of paper with my bitcoin password on it? I can’t find it in Jane’s room.”

“Maybe Jane put it in her desk,” she said. Jane was in school, but I texted and asked her. She said she never saw an orange piece of paper.

“Wait,” Carla said. “We had the house cleaned while we were gone. I’ll call them.”

Carla called the cleaning service we’d used and got the woman who cleaned the house on the line. She told Carla that she did indeed remember finding the orange piece of paper.

“Where is it?” Carla asked.

“I threw it away.”

I knew the garbage had already been collected, but I put on a pair of nitrile gloves and went through the outside trash and recycling bins anyway. Nothing but egg cartons, espresso grinds, and Amazon boxes. The orange piece of paper was decomposing somewhere under a pile of garbage in a Los Angeles landfill.

Carla asked if losing the paper was a big deal.

“Not really,” I said. “It’s just a hassle, that’s all. I’ll have to send all the bitcoins from the Trezor to an online wallet, reinitialize the Trezor, generate a new word list, and put the bitcoins back on the Trezor. It would only be bad if I couldn’t remember my PIN, but I know it. It’s 551445.” wasn't the right password.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Normalizing the chaos in California

The Dems don't know best.  They know least.
In California, the destruction is particularly acute. As the social structure in major cities continues to break down, the state focuses on banning plastic straws, whether to release from prison a mass murderer from the Manson family, while cheering at becoming as sanctuary state.

Just this week, the Los Angeles Times issued an editorial titled, “Los Angeles homeless crisis is a national disgrace.” Actually, it’s not — it’s a California disgrace. The editorial exemplifies the refusal of liberals to not just admit their responsibility to social destruction, but an inability to even relate to reality.

The Times editorial board chided, in part, “Today, a greater and greater proportion of people living on the streets are there because of bad luck or a series of mistakes, or because the economy forgot them — they lost a job or were evicted or fled an abusive marriage just as the housing market was growing increasingly unforgiving.”

They refer to the “economy” as though it’s a mean thing with a life of its own, and simply “forgot” people. There’s no need to consider the actual people in charge of policy and the economy. That lost job, or domestic strife, a mean housing market are all pointed at, as though they were all dropped on earth by Martians.

The other factor is, of course, the social justice issue: “All the great social issues of American society play out in homelessness — inequality, racial injustice, poverty, violence, sexism. …” Never mentioned: idiotic and incompetent liberal leadership that destroys business and jobs; regulations, waste, fraud and abuse that leave human beings on the street because the theory of socialism is all that matters.

Fox News reported that 25 percent of the nation’s half million homeless live in California, the largest of any state. Why is California in such trouble? Todd Spitzer of the Orange County (California) Board of Supervisors “blames the problem on two issues: legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown over the past several years that has eroded the penalties for drug use, possession and petty crimes to where police often don’t bother making arrests; and the change in a law so that treatment is no longer forced for drug abuse or mental health issues.”

For liberals, social chaos is their friend. They need it to prey on the emotions of others, while then using it as an argument for more government control of our lives.

As if living in those conditions is just another life choice, the ACLU tried to stop Mr. Spitzer’s effort to clean up a homeless camp of 700 people living along a riverbed next to Angels’ Stadium. He prevailed, but so dangerous was the environment, it took hazmat crews to clear out the encampment.

“Trash trucks and contractors in hazmat gear have descended on the camp and so far removed 250 tons of trash, 1,100 pounds of human waste and 5,000 hypodermic needles,” the report said.

Standards? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Standards in the Army

This has disaster written all over it.

“What we have found is it is taking far, far too much time. It’s taking three to four times as much time … just to qualify folks on the hand grenade course than we had designated so what is happening is it is taking away from other aspects of training.”

Plus, trainees just aren’t strong enough to throw the grenade far enough away – and simply can’t be taught to properly throw a grenade “if they haven’t thrown growing up” – Maj. Gen. Frost explained:

“We are finding that there are a large number of trainees that come in that quite frankly just physically don’t have the capacity to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters. In 10 weeks, we are on a 48-hour period; you are just not going to be able to teach someone how to throw if they haven’t thrown growing up.”

So, in a nutshell, Army recruits now largely consist of wussified young men who throw like girls and a ton of female recruits, who strangely, throw like girls.

Guess what. Our enemies…they can throw grenades. Because our enemies are men who aren’t soy boys.

Frost rambled on…

“Still, the amount of grenade training won’t be reduced – developing enough proficiency to meet the current standards just won’t be required “- “Just because we took it off as a graduation requirement does not mean they won’t be conducting hand grenade.”

“Rather than spend time getting soldiers through the hand grenade and land navigation qualification courses in order to graduate basic, those skills will be incorporated into three new field training exercises, dubbed Hammer, Anvil and Forge.”

General, you’re tap dancing on a minefield. What you’re saying is there are no standards anymore, either on the grenade assault course with dummy rounds, and for actually learning how to throw a live grenade. Soldiers can depart US Army Basic Training whether they can throw a grenade three feet away from themselves and blow their fat Millennial bodies to bits, or maybe twenty feet away in the wrong direction, where they can blow their fat Millennial buddies to bits.

And, oh by the way, apparently land navigation is no longer a requirement at Basic Training. We wouldn’t soldiers to know how to read a map would we?

And, no, you’re not always going to have a GPS.

Frost pointed out some other big changes at Basic.

“What leaders have observed is that, in general, they believe that there’s too much of a sense of entitlement, questioning of lawful orders, not listening to instruction. Too much of a buddy mentality with NCOs and officers,” Frost said.

Recruits questioning lawful orders? Not listening to instruction? In the old days the recruit would be run over by Smokey the Bear driving the Kiwi Express. What was left of him would be digging a ten foot hole to bury a cigarette after he ran two miles around the barracks with a M-60 over his head. But, the Army doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

DEATH OF A COUNTRY: New South African President to Follow Zimbabwean Redistribution Model

This is the absolute definition that has been dragged out repeatedly for Insanity.  Why the ANC thinks it will work better the SECOND time is beyond me.

Then I realized... they are Communist.  It DID work the first time in Zimbabwe.  The white farmers were gone!  It didn't matter that it impoverished their county.  Who cares?

In an address to the parliament meeting in Cape Town a few days ago, Ramaphosa said, “The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate redistribution of land to black South Africans.”

He claimed that this will heal divisions and injustices of the past, arguing that the original European colonists took land away from indigenous black tribes 400 years ago.

Confiscation is another word for theft, all done under the cover of law — what 19th-century French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat aptly called “legal plunder.” Besides its dubious morality, this policy has predictable economic consequences.

All South Africans have to do is look next door to neighboring Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia. Rhodesia was another black-majority nation with a white minority that ran the government and owned most of the land, until pushed into opening the polls to the black majority. That is when Robert Mugabe, a self-proclaimed Marxist-Leninist, took over the country after winning the 1980 general election. Almost immediately, Mugabe began a land-redistribution program.