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03 October 2019


Barry Pruett

Todd @ 7:12am

The fakenews MSM is right. But for Fox (and John Solomon), Trump would be gone. The MSM is a wing of the left wing wingnuts.

Jig Wiggly

Our Mediterranean climate is political? No wonder you deny climate change. You and Todd don't even know how to define it, much less what drives it.

Todd Juvinall

Fish, yes what you say is accurate. That has always been my position on "global warming". All about politics not science. I just like to tweak the true believers and the mindless trolls like Jiggy-Pooh. What is funny to me though is the true believers call cold "weather" and hot "climate change".


Posted by: Jig Wiggly | 04 October 2019 at 07:50 AM

Must be in line for some of those sweet, sweet climate change carbon credit dollars......


Trump is drawing a line in the sand, and saying "DARE YA"!!!"

A line the Queen of the DAMNed won't Cross. Vampires burst into flames in daylight.


And now for something completely different... the science behind reading. How to teach it?

25 years ago, in Nevada County, the answer was unequivocal... Whole Language Learning. And the local source was Terry McAteer and a select group of administrators like John Byrrum, Superintendent of the Grass Valley School District.

Education Week, a national publication, has gone on the record, finally, regarding how children best learn how to read, and it isn't 'see and guess'... it's phonics.



Posted by: Gregory | 04 October 2019 at 08:57 AM

Everything old is new again!


Posted by: Gregory | 04 October 2019 at 08:57 AM

Everything old is new again!


Double posting is new again!


Ouch. Here's a cleaned up link

McAteer also pushed Outcome Based Education and Whole Math, aka Fuzzy Math. In short, he was a disaster.

George Rebane

Synoptic and topical. In science and engineering we study time and space-varying processes – e.g. weather and climate over the years and the globe – and find the terms ‘topical’ and ‘synoptic’ useful to distinguish between types of processes and their representative data. Topical (“of immediate relevance, interest, or importance owing to its relation to current events”) is used to characterize short term or small area/space variations. Synoptic (“affording a general view of a whole; manifesting or characterized by comprehensiveness or breadth of view”) is used to characterize variations for the longer term or over larger areas. An easy example is fitting a trendline to a sequence of wiggly data. The wiggles are topical, and the trendline is synoptic.

J. Barron

Gregory- I believe the best way to understand how kids learn a language is to learn one yourself. I can't imagine reading, out loud, understandable Spanish without phonics. It still riles me to this day remembering our kids being sent home with lists of words to memorize.

Bill Tozer

In other news.....

California Forced to Subsidize Natural Gas Plants to Prevent Widespread Blackouts

“But while renewable energy boosters may gush about all of the government mandates in California, they conveniently ignore the fact that the state is also making payments to natural gas operators to make sure the power doesn’t go out when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.

These payments aren’t necessarily subsidies, per se, but increasing amounts of wind and solar on the California grid are causing real reliability concerns, so grid operators in California now need to issue contracts that pay natural gas plants to prevent them from closing, ensuring the Golden States has enough reliable electricity available when renewables aren’t showing up to work.”

Survey: Family Health Insurance Now Averages More Than $20,000 A Year
The average family has spent tens of thousands of dollars in higher health insurance premiums because Obamacare has not met Obama’s pledges.


George Rebane

Phonological or phonetic languages and regular word reading. “A regular word is a word in which all the letters represent their most common sounds. Regular words are words that can be decoded (phonologically recoded).” Estonian is phonological language; almost uniformly in its lexicon, each letter in the Estonian alphabet says its ‘name’ in the word in which it resides. Therefore, kids first learn the alphabet, and then become almost instant readers by slowly saying the letter sequence of a word which then audibly reveals itself. This process then reverts to the usual pattern recognition of words and phrases that proficient readers in all languages achieve. Bottom line, Estonian kids take about a week to become readers, and teaching kids to read per se is not a major curriculum element in Estonian schools; expanding vocabulary and understanding become the main pedagogical objectives in producing literate kids who exit kindergarten already knowing how to read.

Estonian is my native language (one three Finno-Ugric languages of Europe – Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian), and I rapidly learned German and then English as my second and third languages. Learning the succeeding languages is a lot easier when your native language is phonological and already grammatically more complex than the next language. (Finno-Ugric languages have 16 cases, thereby making them very information efficient languages – a lot of meaning using the fewest characters, and best learned at your mom’s knee.)

Bill Tozer

First they came for company cafeterias. Then they came for Uber and Lyft. Nowthey are coming for food delivery to the door.

“Apparently, the council believes that Grubhub needs to be limited because it is bad for NYC’s restaurant businesses.

“Yep — innovation be damned. To hell with the future, to hell with progress, and to hell with technology. Sure, being able to order anything from sushi to pierogies at 3 a.m. on a Wednesday and eat it in your pajamas while watching reruns of Forensic Files might be one of the only, like, four reasons left to live in this stinking, godforsaken, tax-grabbing hellhole, but let’s just do away with it, anyway!”



So, per George @ 9:18, Todd is actually correct that the seasons are a form of short term, recurring climate change- topical as it were.

Alas, that's not the quasi-imaginary climate change the noise is all about...

Todd Juvinall

L | 04 October 2019 at 10:24 AM
Thanks for someone finally getting it. What cracks me up is these terms and words were created by people and like a lie, told over and over again they become part of the believed vernacular.


Learning Spanish after learning to decode English isn't the same thing as learning ab initio to read English. For example, you have to learn the alphabet and the sounds of letters, singly and in various combinations.

I remember reading out loud in class in the 1st grade, sounding out the words to make the sounds that I just knew was a word that I already knew the sound of... I just had to get the letter sounds strung together correctly and in the right rhythm.

I expect that the time even Estonian children take to learn the names of letters is much longer than a week.


Todd 1024am

Absolutely *everyone* "got it" immediately.

Todd Juvinall

Gregory | 04 October 2019 at 10:52 AM
No and you certainly did not.

Todd Juvinall

And that Martinez fellow seems to be shredding your points. Get over there and defend them.


"L" 1024am

About the "quasi-imaginary climate change"... there was/is real climate change behind it. Besides the basic Milanković cycles that drive climate, there was a change in the 1930's ... that we weren't even set up to observe directly... cosmic rays that drive the formation of cloud condensation nuclei took a nosedive when the sun acted up to an 8000 year maximum that lasted until about 12 years ago.

*IF* a grand solar minimum is on the way, there will be hell to pay by the Democratic Party ruling class as the peasantry revolts.

Jig Wiggly

Climate accounts for seasons (the position of the earth in relation to the sun). Seasons do not take into account the climate. To suggest they are one in the same is moronic. But what would you expect from a moron?

George Rebane

According to my readings, I think that the more broadly held and common understanding of the notion of 'climate change' puts it into the synoptic category of earth's atmospheric processes.

Gregory 1046am - Not true. There are various sing-song poems and ditties that make alphabet learning very easy (common Estonian has only 24 letters). We have to remember that kids' brains are sponges, especially for learning sights and sounds. And the reading they 'instantly' learn is at the level of the language they already know. As their language expands, so does (automatically) their ability to read their expanded language.


Posted by: Jig Wiggly | 04 October 2019 at 11:15 AM

But what would you expect from a moron?

A lot of gratuitous carbon spewing foreign air travel, a decidedly mediocre academic career in an absolutely useless.....ahem.....discipline, and/or a company website that is left unfinished or is always down......and this while constantly acting as pseudo intellectual poseur.

Don Bessee

Time for the chi coms to join the world -



Todd Juvinall

Looks like the authorities finally got Jiggy-Poo's uncle.



Well bless her little heart.. AOC wants to invest in zero-carbon aircraft for us to travel in... Now ain't that special?
SBC better help "council" all the aircraft manufacturers businesses on how to achieve that plan.


So George... very easy, meaning they learn all those rhymes in the same week they learn to read?

No... like in the USA of my childhood, there is a period of inculcation where children learn rhymes, songs and other wordplay... and letters used in the common language.

Another interesting European language is Serbian... it can be written in Roman and Cyrillic alphabets and sounds the same when either is read.


Walt 1157am

I predict the carbon-free airplane will be a reality once the flux capacitor is melded with a good dilithium crystal reactor core.


Posted by: Gregory | 04 October 2019 at 12:35 PM


JW @ 11:42- wrong again. The seasons absolutely do "take the climate into account" by becoming longer or shorter, more or less severe (extreme) in accordance with the underlying slow change of climate.

Greg @ 11:12- Exactly why I used "quasi-imaginary". Climate has recently warmed, so it's not imaginary. What's imaginary is the catastrophic consequences predicted.


Sorry JW, I meant 11:15.

Jig Wiggly

L, seasons are dates on a calendar prescribed by the earth’ position relative to the sun. I can tell you the first of fall 500 years from now without taking climate into consideration.

George Rebane

Gregory 1229pm - You know best.


gr 104pm

It's a well known fact that God created whisky to keep the Irish from ruling the world... it's unclear to me what's holding Estonia back.


JW @ 1:03 Now, that wasn't even stupid.


Don't tell me the date Fall begins 500yrs from now, tell me the date of first Frost next year. Start with baby steps, eventually you might get it.

Paul Emery

So it begins-the inevitable Trump Dump from within the Republican party. Tweets from Mitt Romney, our hosts favorite Presidential choice for 2016:

"By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling."

"When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated"


Paul Emery

And from Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace:

“The breaking news to me, today, is … Fox has gotten a hold of the 11-page statement, opening statement by Kurt Volker yesterday in a closed session. He of course was the special envoy from the administration to Ukraine. He was very involved in all of this. This 11-page opening statement is quite devastating to the president and Rudy Giuliani’s case.”

George Rebane

Gregory 111pm - Vodka.

Don Bessee

The face of the latest hoax -



George Rebane

Please check today's Ruminations update re Trump's impeachment proceedings.


Nope,, don't have a smoking recipe for Proggys chow.

Bill Tozer

From the campaign trail

My Gal Tulsi Gabbard will be in the next debate. California’s Gal is sinking.....


Bernie had a heart attack. It would be unseemly and despicable for me to wish for his death or call him unfit like so many vile unhinged Lefties did when Dick Cheney had his heart attack. I won’t go there. It’s not who we on the sunny side of the street are.

Hey, Cheney shot a Republican lawyer in the butt and they still wished his death...and the usual calls for Dick being imprisoned for crimes against humanity and, of course, the usual treason charge.

Bill Tozer

Who is the International Man of Mystery? No, not Austin Powers, but the Maltese Professor. And why do Attorney General Barr and John Durham looking for him?

“So Barr, in the company of John Durham, his lead investigator on these matters, was in Rome talking with several people high up in Italian intelligence. They are supposed to have played for him a tape recording Mifsud left before he disappeared.”

“Wow. That recording might tell us a lot. Roger sums up:

“If it turns out the professor was a U.S. agent or one allied to the U.S., planted to suck in the naive Papadopoulos, to make him run back to the mothership and blabber about something that wasn’t true in order to hang Trump, it is one of the greatest and most evil stories of our times.

“Why did Mifsud disappear? Where did he go? And who does he think may want to kill him? At this point, we can only speculate.”


Original source PJ Media.

Exit question: Why is John Brennan suddenly so disinterested in the Russian probe...and the Ukrainian probe????


Flat-Out False": WaPo Calls Out Adam Schiff For Lying About Whistleblower

Hey everybody......a politician is lying.....Punchy must be outraged!



!!!!!!!!!!BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!
DNC headquarters has been EVACUATED!!,, A strange package was delivered to their front office. Upon closer inspection by unnamed authorities it was found to be a copy of the U.S. Constitution. Something they have NEVER seen before.
DNC officials demanded it be removed and destroyed for the good of Liberal wellbeing.
An emergency shipment of playdoh and puppy and kitten videos was sent by armed escort to ease the panicked individuals.

Bill Tozer

Good one, Walt.

It is against the law to give aid an illegal alien. Sometimes the law is enforced.


Don Bessee

Those mutha mullahs are cursing for a bruising! -



Bill Tozer

In just six months:

More Than 500,000 Central Americans Illegally Enter Mexico in First Half of Year

Love this one. The laws apply to thee, not to thy betters. Poop City already has an Endangered Species Act exemption to not divert water from Hetch Hetchie to help our furry friends and fishies. Frisco wants ALL the water. Ok. Poop City already has an exemption to our own CA clean air act.. Now, the Fed’s say Sanctuary Poop City is in violation of the Clean Water Act. Quick Botox Queen, fix that one as well!

“EPA Issues Violation Notice to San Francisco”



I'm sure our resident LIBS are more than happy to pay big bucks for fuel. It it serves their Master Gavin,, "Please Sir,, can we pay even more?"
The highest price per gallon in Grass Valley and Nevada City — at $4.29, a full dime higher than the rest of stations — was sold at Chevron on Sacramento Street in Nevada City. Chevron’s three other stations in the area — at McKnight Way, South Auburn Street, and at the Idaho Maryland roundabout, — charged $4.19 per gallon.

Ain't it GREAT? Special gas just for us in Ca.

Our Proggys can always fill up on the high test.. It will make them feel better.

OK kids,, write your letters to Dear Leader Gavin to say Thanks. It's all worth it.
Now your ECO kids can hoof it to school since Dad can't afford the trip anymore..Oh.. LIBS are flush with cash. What am I thinking???🤦‍♀️

Bill Tozer

Nightly Quotes

Insight: “Congress is continually appointing fact-finding committees, when what we really need are some fact-facing committees.” —Roger Allen

Limited candle power: “Let me make something clear to Mr. Trump and his hatchet men, and the special interests funding attacks against me — I’m not going anywhere. You’re not going to destroy me. You’re not going to destroy my family.” —Joe Biden, who is destroying himself

Grand delusions: “You know, I’m a serious person but I’m also a fun person but I think I probably came across as too serious.” —Hillary Clinton with yet another excuse for losing in 2016

Verbal gymnastics: “Let me just tell you all, so we can be really clear, because I don’t want to leave you with any misimpressions [sic]. I am not a socialist. I believe in the virtues of capitalism, if capitalism is actually working.” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Gun-grabber: “We have to have a buyback program. And I support a mandatory buyback program. It’s got to be smart. We’ve got to do it the right way. But there are five million [‘assault’ weapons] at least, some estimate as many as 10 million. And we’re going to have to have smart public policy that’s about taking those off the streets, but doing it in the right way.” —Kamala Harris

Non compos mentis: “Police violence is gun violence also.” —Julian Castro

And last… “How is Donald Trump asking countries to stop interfering in our elections ‘impeachable election interference’ [b]ut Democrats saying they have to impeach Trump so he doesn’t win the next election isn’t?” —Charlie Kirk

Twitter world:


Planet saved!



Trump Cuts Loose on Mitt Romney: He is a ‘Pompous Ass’ Who ‘Choked’ and ‘So Bad for R’s!’

If nothing else Trump understands Mitt Cuckney!



Hero cat serves as an example for us all.......

Exhausted (but very happy) cat needs a glucose drip after mating with at least five females in single night after staff let him out of his cage at a pet hotel when they went home

.....and perfectly appropriate for the catbox.....err .....sandbox.



AGW takes it in the shorts AGAIN......
"Yahoo News reported Saturday that temperatures in Great Britain could reach as low as -14C with “snow event after snow event” expected to hit various parts of the territory."

“There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm,” they noted. “We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050.”

No matter what the winter shapes up to be, there is a 100 percent probability that climate alarmists will find some way to attribute the weather to global warming and carbon dioxide emissions. "

Jig Wiggly

The one thing I thought Trump would get right. Cut the corn and soy subsidies that ruin our motors with ethanol. Guess I was being delusional. Tariffs, trade wars, and subsidies. Modern day Republican.

Trump administration tries to pacify farmers with major biofuels boost



Walt... Cold and wet means it's weather, not climate.

Robert Cross

this blog is getting to be almost as funny as all the late night comedians.


East Anglia will now freeze over. The jiggered one and I agree on one thing. Biofuels SUCK. A Proggy slamming a Proggy love child? Wonders never cease.

Now to see how the U.K.'s windmills hold up to butt cold winter, Those solar farms will be begging for Sun.

Now who knew they get some of their fuel for power plants from us?
“This single site produces 15 percent of the UK’s renewable electricity,” "biomass has helped keep the lights on as the UK moves away from coal. Wood biomass produced about six percent of the country’s electricity in 2016, and Drax burns more of it than any other power plant in the world. Nearly 20 train loads of pellets arrive at the Drax plant every day, most of them from the United States.

OK math wizards,, how many trees does it take to fill a trainload of wood pellets? to feed (The biggest pellet stove in the world?)


OK Gregory,, the "Winter climate" of the U.K. is about to make a "change".
From "Not very" to "butt ass" cold.
Torches and pitchforks outside East Anglia U? "But YOU SAID..!!!"

And for here, if our winter this year, is colder than last year, does that not fit the definition of "change"? Or is that still in the "fluke" category?

Bill Tozer

Fish @ 8:35 am

Donald Trump Dumps on ‘Pompous Ass’ Mitt Romney


Don Bessee

Fauxcahantas has some splain' to do! -

"I was married at nineteen and then graduated from college [at the University of Houston] after I’d married," Warren, then a Harvard Law School professor, said in an interview posted to YouTube in 2008. "My first year post-graduation, I worked -- it was in a public school system but I worked with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer I actually didn’t have the education courses, so I was on an 'emergency certificate,' it was called.

"I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, 'I don’t think this is going to work out for me,'" Warren continued. "I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years, and I was really casting about, thinking, 'What am I going to do?'"

By contrast, Warren told an audience at a town hall in Carson City, Nev. Wednesday that she had "loved" working as a special needs teacher.

"By the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant, and the principal did what principals did in those days," she said. "Wish me luck and hire someone else for the job."



Bill Tozer

Aha. A topic I find interesting from a source Roberta would not approve. Good read.

The Times and Post Push Spygate Cover-Up With Barr Attacks

“One can only ask: What is the Post afraid of? Why they felt need to coverup facts instead of shining a light on them? The answer is obvious. There is a fear that Barr is on to something and that dirty deeds will in fact be exposed. The utter hypocrisy from the paper whose motto is “Democracy Dies in Darkness” — when it is in fact doing everything in its power to see to it that the facts of this Trump-Russia collusion nonsense remain shrouded in darkness — is amazing if unsurprising to behold.

“Over at the Times, that paper is busy running stories like this one by the virulent Trump-hater Michelle Goldberg. This jewel of political framing is titled: “Just How Corrupt Is Bill Barr?”

“Perhaps the real question should be: Just How Corrupt is The New York Times?”


Or, as Roberta Flack would say, “Trump as his goons [Bill Barr]”

Or, as Freddie Blassie would say, “Hey Bobbie, when is that pimple between your shoulders going to form into a head?” What a pencil neck.

Bill Tozer

The Eating Babies prank that strikes a cord.

“Channelling the Malthusian Roots of Climate Extremism”

“Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report that rests heavily on the idea that poor nations can grow rich while using radically less energy. “Pathways compatible with 1.5°C that feature low energy demand,” IPCC officials said, “show the most pronounced synergies and the lowest number of trade-offs.” The IPCC also repeated a debunked claim that poor nations can “leap-frog” rich nations with solar panels, batteries and energy efficiency, and promoted “bio-energy”—the use of wood, dung and ethanol—fuels that are not only uneconomical, but also happen to come with their own hugely negative environmental impacts. In truth, energy consumption is as tightly coupled to per capita GDP today as it was when today’s rich nations were themselves poor.

“Perhaps the greatest hypocrisy is for people like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Swedish student climate activist Greta Thunberg to seek to shut down nuclear power plants while claiming the end is coming from climate change. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed the closure of Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York, which will be replaced with natural gas, while Thunberg attacked nuclear energy on Facebook as “dangerous.” And yet nuclear energy provides the majority of carbon-free electricity in the United States and over 40% of total electricity in Sweden.

“The most doctrinaire and apocalyptic forms of modern “environmentalism” are simply a repackaging of the ideas of Thomas Malthus, the 19th-century British economist who thought that there were too many poor people out there—particularly poor Irish people—and that the ethical thing to do was let them die. “Instead of recommending cleanliness to the poor, we should encourage contrary habits,” he wrote, “and court the return of the plague.”

“Unlike Swift, Malthus was no satirist. He was making a utilitarian argument: If we let the poor reproduce they would just end up creating more suffering in the future. (Indeed, the British government and media used Malthus’ ideas to justify the policies that led to mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1849.) The LaRouchian protestor who spoke at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s thursday event channeled Malthus’ horrifying logic faithfully. And in a more polite form, environmentalists channel it themselves when they urge that poor countries shoot themselves in the foot economically so that the world might be a greener place.

“After World War II, prominent American progressives drew on Malthus’ ideas to oppose development aid and nuclear energy, and promote coerced sterilization. Cheap energy, prominent scientists feared, would lead to overpopulation, deplete scarce resources, and destroy the environment. Humankind “would not rest content until the earth is covered completely, and to a considerable depth, with a writhing mass of human beings, much as a dead cow is covered with a pulsating mass of maggots,” the chemist Harrison Brown wrote in his 1954 book, The Challenge of Man’s Future.”


Bill Tozer

Judicalwatch pries a glimmer of light on Rod Rosenstein.

“The Boss and his staff do not know about our conversations.”



Bill. I wonder if Emery would see that as part of an "impartial" investigation? That reads at part of a planned coup. (you do know what that is Emery,,,don't you?)

Bill Tozer

Punchy would see it as a legitimate investigation. Mueller and all the Kings horses and al the Kings men could not find the facts to put Hillary back together again.

Nightly Quote:

Climate Change: A 4.5 billion year old existential threat to the planet that only a tax can fix.

Bill Tozer

Lock him up!



Emery.. See what Bill posted? One less LIB that can vote.
And the somebitch can't own a gun anymore. What should happen to him if he's found with one? Are you going to demand the cops find out who he got it from?

Bill Tozer

Interesting survey of 5,000 people. How one thinks society judges success vs how one personally judges success.

The difference between how much Americans believe the "status" domain contributes to the overall understanding of personal and perceived success is substantial. Status drives the perceived definition of how others in society define success but is least important for one's personal definition of success.

“After status, other top contributors to the overall composition of perceived societal success are education (19.8%) and finance (8.8%). In contrast, personal determinants of success are far more varied, with education (17.1%), relationships (15.6%) and character (15.4%) similarly important. Americans' personal views of success are far more balanced than the way Americans think others in society view success.”


‘Gender neutral’ student crowned homecoming queen at Clovis East'

How is it possible that in "Current Year" the Bee could let something as blatantly sexist as this find its way into print?

‘Gender neutral’ student crowned homecoming unit at Clovis East'

There......that's better......more inclusive!



Just think how much lower the crime rate would be if we would just lock up "Florida Man"!

Florida man fatally shoots son-in-law who was trying to surprise him for his birthday


Robert Cross

In the 'dumber than a post' category --former Bush II speechwriter, David Frum had this to say, "”When you see poor Eric and poor Don Jr., you realize there are bivalves with more self-awareness than the Trump children.”


Posted by: Roberta Cross | 06 October 2019 at 09:55 AM

Who is 'dumber than a post' Roberta.....the way you've structured your latest offering the reader can't tell if you are referring to Frum or the Trump offspring.

Menopause....it messes with a gals head dunnit Bertie!


Godspeed Ginger Baker........!


Bill Tozer

Well, at least they retracted the entire story

“Bloomberg’s decision to retract its reporting comes a day after emails between Bloomberg and the Department of Labor revealed through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show the entire operation to be a hit job by the outlet where the reporter, Ben Penn, mischaracterized Olson’s posts from the start.”


George Rebane

And the wise and accomplished sage David Frum hails from what mountain top?

Robert Cross

fishy 10:01 -- pretty weak -- only a reader with the same intellect as the trump boys could interpret the post that way.
In the case of Ginger Baker it is not Godspeed but more likely chemical speed.


Got all their albums Babs?

Robert Cross

George 10:30 -- who cares where Frum is from.. his words hit the nail right on the head, so prove he is wrong if you so disagree.

George Rebane

RobertC 1120am - again you miss the point. The one who asserts or endorses an assertion must bolster it and 'sell' it to its audience. Any fool can make unsubstantiated assertions (you'll agree we have proved in these pages). You have to make the case that Frum "hit the nail on the head"; his just saying it doesn't cut it.

BTW, you have again demonstrated the deficit in argumentation that progressives have (witness the actions of the Dem House) - 'I allege and it stands true until someone proves it false.' Sweet.

Bill Tozer

Global warming. Gotta love this guy.



Posted by: Roberta Cross | 06 October 2019 at 10:34 AM

In the case of Ginger Baker it is not Godspeed but more likely chemical speed.

I would have been disappointed had you been gracious....thank you!

Don Bessee

Hey lookie the socialist dem clown car is pissing off the independents and not motivating the base to show up! -

MIT researcher Alexander Agadjanian published his latest research in the New York Times, where he revealed that swing voters likely are six percentage points less likely to vote for a Democrat against President Trump in the 2020 election after learning of the leftist policy positions they have embraced.

Likewise, the research found that there is no increase in mobilization to vote in the 2020 election for Democrat voters who learned of the candidates’ endorsement of leftist policies.

“Democrats who read about the leftward positions did not indicate they were more motivated to vote and campaign for the eventual nominee than those who hadn’t read about them,” Agadjanian notes.




Bwahaha haha ha!!!

,,,RicK Perry did it!!!



Went to the gem and mineral show today. Some real fine specimens of meteorites on display. I ask the guy if he had seen the twin .45s that were made from big meteorite.
The reaction? You would think someone sold his dog to a Chinese restaurant. No,,, he was not happy about that one bit.

I even brought in a little something I needed identifying. I had my suspicions of just what it is. (Now where my Father acquired it, no clue at all)
After a few wild guesses from some, two people confirmed just what I had..
It's coprolite. A fine, rare example,, and most likely early human. I think I will name it Paul.

Don Bessee

We should be looking at who is facilitating the chi coms rape! -



Bill Tozer

Good article by George Will. The Courts and Congress.

“Washington • The beginning of the Supreme Court’s term this week includes momentous oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases that illustrate clashing theories about how statutes should be construed. If properly decided, the cases will nudge Congress to act like a legislative body......

“The 7th Circuit's minority said that if Hively was denied a job because of her sexual orientation, she was treated unjustly, but not illegally under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It is depressing but clear that the Supreme Court needs to remind Congress — and the 7th Circuit — that "statutory updating" is Congress' job.”


Bill Tozer

Breaking News! Hillary jumps in the race. I cannot believe it!


Daily Quotes. Juicy today.

Insight: “Speech delivery counts for little on the world stage unless you have convictions, and, yes, the vision to see beyond the front row seats.” —Ronald Reagan

Upright: “[The Kavanaugh debacle] started with one complaint that wound up being unverifiable — a complaint against Judge Kavanaugh about a party that took place in high school 30 years ago, without any notice of where it happened and when it happened, and everybody described to be there said it didn’t happen, and five more allegations came after that. What did we learn in Kavanaugh? That they were coaching witnesses and they were piling on to try to create an impression that Judge Kavanaugh was a flawed human being. This is Kavanaugh all over again.” —Sen. Lindsey Graham connecting the dots regarding news of a second whistleblower

For the record: “I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color. That’s a form of … mental slavery.” —Kanye West on his support for President Trump

Noted: “This idea that I’m a crystal woo woo lady … to some extent amusing, has no relation to reality.” —Marianne Williamson

Braying jackass: “I think [the U.S. is] no longer a democracy if an autocrat has it in his hands, The democratic principles upon which this country are founded are eroding right now.” —former CIA Director and “Resistance” ringleader John Brennan

Braying jenny: “Do you know this is really unprecedented? This is the first time we’ve ever had a situation like this. So [Democrats are] trying to figure out — no joke — they’re trying to figure out, ‘Well, is it the DC police that goes and gets them?’ … I will tell them they can hold [Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross] right here in Detroit, We’ll take care of them and make sure they show up to the committee hearings. We won’t hurt them.” —Rep. Rashida Tlaib on the issue of subpoena noncompliance

Deflecting: “No, it is not fair that the president of the United States is trying to get all of us to be talking about someone else [Hunter Biden] other than him. What he has engaged in is despicable behavior that was warned about by our founding fathers, by letting foreign governments try to intervene in our elections, and he is doing just that.” —Sen. Cory Booker

Grand delusions: “To me this is just like Watergate. … [Trump’s] decided to use his clout with world leaders and try to do it on a global basis. And then when they get caught, what do they do? They try to hide it on a super-secret server and have the information there. They didn’t have those back then in Watergate but it is the same kind of thing.” —Sen. Amy Klobuchar

And last… “Want to reduce carbon emissions? Buy a used car and drive it into the ground. If you buy a new Tesla, you don’t really care.” —Steven Crowder

Bill Tozer

Let the cars idle and spew noxious gas into the air to save Planet Earth!

“Mr Johnson tore into the eco-warriors, branding them “importunate nose ringed climate change protesters”.
“And he lashed the “heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs that now litter Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park” for making the journey into work so horrible for many.


-Boy, I can’t wait for the pics of piles of trash and littered streets tomorrow. It’s how they mark their spots,aka, their calling card.

-Well, lookie here. Bell Bottoms are back. What goes around comes around.


George Rebane

'Circle of Jerks' Our leftist commenters have adopted that label for our rightwing commenters on the false premise that they are not part of this circle, in spite of the fact that their numbers and participation in these vitriolic debates match that of their ideologically subordinated opponents. Are they claiming to discriminate their presence and participation in these comment streams as somehow being of the elite ideologists under whom everyone else is substantially inferior? If so, they have yet to present any evidence to support this aggrandized self-assessment. The inescapable conclusion is that they are also the bona fide and charter members of this contentious circle.


This woman related to the editor of the Union
"Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts responded to President Trump’s Syria policy by claiming it is easier to purchase a semiautomatic rifle than it is to purchase Sudafed."

Maybe she should actually TRY and buy one.

Bill Tozer

Since it looks like Ruminations will be consumed with Trump giving the nod to Turkey to slaughter the Kurds to protect his hotel interests in Istanbul (or wherever it is), I will continue dwell on the stinkin’ Swamp of the unhinged hysteria Lefty hypocrisy here at the good old Sandbox.

VDH: Good read, of course.

“The Madness of Progressive Projection”

“The only Trump “crime” was in his winning an election he was not supposed to win. So after the election, prior illegal acts were redefined as legal, and legal ones as illegal.”


George Rebane

Walt 624pm - Thanks for digging up another illustration of the Left's profound ignorance of another area of reality.

Bill Tozer

New laws:

U.S.—A series of new bills working their way through state legislatures in New York, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and several other progressive states will require you to listen to a Greta Thunberg lecture before purchasing gasoline.

Motorists will be required to watch a 20-minute lecture by the 16-year-old climate activist before they purchase gallons and gallons of harmful fossil fuels.

"We want to make sure drivers are informed," said California Governor Gavin Newsom, who says he will sign the bill into law. "So we are having them get lectured by a 16-year-old so they will have all the facts before they do something rash like put gasoline in their cars to go to work."


Bill Tozer

Beam me up, Scotty.

Universal Studios Fires Actor For Making ‘Racist’ Hand Symbol In Fan Photo

“It’s more than the ‘OK’ sign,” Richard Zinger, the child’s father, added. “A lot of people don’t understand what that sign means.”

“I’ve been emotionally distraught about it. I’m still pretty upset that someone felt they needed to do this to children,” Tiffiney Zinger said. “It can cause emotional stress on my child and her development.”


Bill Tozer

Walt @ 6:24 pm.

The NRA has to go! The NRA has to go! I love happy endings.




…….while owning three will take years off your life!


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