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Sunday, May 10. 2020
From 1970: Greenwood Mississippi (h/t Powerline)
14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.14:2 In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
14:4 And you know the way to the place where I am going."
14:5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
14:7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
14:8 Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."
14:9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
14:12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
14:13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14:14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
Saturday, May 9. 2020
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Schools Risk Drowning in Red Ink
“Predictive models” rarely are predictive
How can governments learn from their expert failings?
Why do so many diseases come from bats? Many viruses originate in bats, but that doesn’t mean we should live in fear of them.
How the 1619 Project slandered America
Banish Wrong Thoughts In Higher Ed Week At Legal Insurrection
Biden Pledges To Strip Students Of Due Process Rights On Campus Reinstated By DeVos
Facebook's New Censorship Czar Is Anti-Trump Leftist Who Made Barron A Punch Line
New Red Flags Emerging From FBI's Handling of Michael Flynn's Case
Related: BARR SPEAKS
Where Does Lt. Gen. Flynn Go To Get His Reputation Back?
Trump On Obama Officials Behind The Russia Collusion Hoax: ‘Hopefully They’re Going To Pay A Big Price’
A Key Obama Meeting Was Held to Ensure FBI Russia Collusion Probe Wasn't Discovered by the Trump Administration
Trump: The ‘So-Called Journalists’ Who Received Pulitzer Prizes for The Russia Hoax Should Be Forced to Give Them Back
New Documents Show Obama Involved In The Flynn Takedown
Democratic congressman said opening California beaches was 'reckless.' Then he was seen at a private beach.
Bad State Decisions about Nursing Homes Are Heavily Driving the Coronavirus Outbreak
Reopening The Country Seen As Greater Risk Among Most Americans
America the Wuss - From Rugged Pioneers to Cowering Sheep. What happened to the American spirit?
Worst Jobs Report In History: 20.5 Million Jobs Lost As Unemployment Rate Hits Record 14.7%
Dalrymple: The Pandemic of Authoritarianism
To Speed Vaccine Development, Infect Me With the Coronavirus
Niall Ferguson to Newsmax TV: China Screwed Up, Covered Up
The EU has admitted it let China censor an op-ed by the bloc's ambassadors
Friday, May 8. 2020
ACADEMIC ABSURDITY OF ALL TIME?
The Pulitzer and The Collapse of the Fourth Estate
THE PRESS SECRETARY THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS DESERVES
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Issues New Title IX Rules To Protect Free Speech, Due Process for Accused Students
House intel transcripts show top Obama officials had no 'empirical evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion
Justice Department dropping Flynn’s Trump-Russia case
Study Reveals Most Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19 Survive with Standard Treatment
Democrats hope killing the economy means an invincible voter base
Tinseltown Moonbats Never Want to Go Back to Normal
Are You A “Grandma Killer” If You Want To Reopen Now?
The Left Is Not Going to Like This, but Trump Has Been Proven Right Over and Over Again
Thursday, May 7. 2020
Need a new hobby? License plate collecting
Barry Farber, conservative talk radio pioneer and author, passes away a day after his 90th birthday
Lord & Taylor to liquidate its stores as soon as they reopen
Twitter Makes Big Move Into Thought Policing
"Biblical" Wave Of Bankruptcies Is About To Flood The US
'Every One of Them': California Begins Forcibly Quarantining People – Separating Families – Over COVID-19
Andrew Cuomo Says Out-Of-State Health Workers Helping In NY Will Have To Pay NY State Taxes, Report Says
Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx Used Imperial College Model — NOW CONFIRMED AS A COMPLETE FRAUD — To Persuade President Trump to Lock Down Entire US Economy!
North Carolina To Ease Stay At Home Rules At 5pm Friday
The Pulitzers Cover Up Their Own Complicity in a Racist Historical Fraud w/1619 Project
INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TRANSCRIPTS WILL FINALLY BE RELEASED
Will The Rogue FBI/CIA/DOJ Operatives Ever Be Brought To Justice For Crossfire Hurricane?
Christopher Steele just threw Hillary and Susan Rice under the bus during testimony in British court. This is the first solid link between Hillary, the Obama White House, and the dirty dossier.
Joe Biden exposes the fraud of the #MeToo movement. Politics wins when the accused is a Democrat, and the accuser is expendable
New Title IX Regulations Will Allow Cross-Examination Of Accusers In Campus Sexual Assault Cases.
Chinese Lies Update For May 6, 2020
Wednesday, May 6. 2020
Our friend thinks not. I happen to love the flavor. As with cranberries, use 1/2 the sugar a recipe asks for to get the full flavor. Boil it with a little water and sugar and dump it on vanilla ice cream. I'd go for a rhubarb gelato too, if anybody made it.
I drove my Smart Car (in photo) over to check the patch and observed that it is happy but has bolted. I chopped off those cool flowers and Mrs. BD put them in a vase.
Colorado River Delta Ecosystem Blooms After Historic Water Release
MID-WEEK IN PICTURES: GIANT MURDER HORNETS EDITION
Poll: 78 Percent of College Students Want to Restrict ‘Threatening’ Ideas
New York Taxpayers Have to Wear Masks, Not Welfare Takers
Harvard Canceled Human Rights Event as Its President Met With Xi Jinping Human rights scholar says university trades free inquiry for Chinese dollars
Bill Gates Tacitly Admits Global Warming Is a Lie
Al Gore did the same thing, as did Obama - buying fancy homes on the shore near sea level.
Elvis Was King, Ike Was President, & 116,000 Americans Died In A Pandemic
Corey Johnson’s deranged slam of Samaritan’s Purse — which only helped NYC
CNN Sends Cease And Desist Letter To Trump Over ‘American Comeback’ Video Ad
Neil Ferguson, The "Scientist" Whose Crap Models Panicked the World, Forced to Resign From Government Job After Breaking His Own Social-Distancing Rules to Have Sex With His Side-Piece
It is immature to blame anybody for Acts of God, like hurricanes and diseases, but I'll go immature here to blame that guy Ferguson, and especially China for closing China to Wuhan city but letting the Wuhan people fly all over the world. Ferguson cried Fire in a crowded theater, and China seeded the world. "Accidentally on purpose?" We'll never know. Regardless, governments destroying our economies, I've decided, was an overreaction. This is not The Plague.
Tuesday, May 5. 2020
The only Pulitzer the 1619 Project deserved was for fiction
Pro-lockdown extremists in denial about why we did it in the first place
Nation's Political Class Perfectly OK With Your Financial Death
Faced with 19,000 Dead, Care Homes Seek Shield From Lawsuits
Trump Moves Coronavirus Projections From 60,000 To 80-90,000 Deaths
Susan Rice: America’s Loss of Life Far Greater Because of Trump’s ‘Extraordinary Failings’
New York Magazine writer lies about Georgia virus numbers
Comey’s Stalinists - Jail time is all they should have to look forward to.
As China's Economy Implodes, Trump Ratchets Up the Pressure
Monday, May 4. 2020
With the dead guy's leg pressed against some controls
Pandemics were not media events then
Photo: 5th Ave, 1880s
Re Hunter Thompson and Gonzo: Decadence and Depravity in Louisville, Kentucky
Tracking the ‘Murder Hornet’: An Asian Deadly Pest Has Reached North America
Hafthor Bjornsson: Game of Thrones actor breaks 501kg deadlift record (1100 lbs)
Legacy news, social media giants converge in new era of censorship. Once rivals for audience share and cultural relevance, new and old media are now allied in top-down control of information.
Flynn was not the objective. He was the obstacle
Ex-Top FBI Official Admits Hillary Wasn't Indicted Because They Thought She'd Win 2016 Election
Coronavirus and COVID-19 are not the same thing
COVID-19 turning out to be huge hoax perpetrated by media
A Wizard of Oz Virus: The COVID-19 Hoax
U.S. CORONAVIRUS DEATHS, PART TWO: THE ANDREW CUOMO ANGLE
Life Or Livelihood: Americans Wrestle With Impossible Choice
Wrong. It's just reality
" I say we all chip in and find a freaking traveling circus to take his children off Mystal's hands."
COVID-19 Bites Identity Politics
Trump was ahead of them
80 Patients and Staff Members Come Down with Coronavirus at Texas Nursing Home – 39 of 39 Saved by Hydroxychloroquine Treatment
Dr. Trump said "Try it - it might help"
Trump administration's 'Operation Warp Speed' looking at 14 potential COVID-19 vaccines to fast-track
DAMNING 'Five-Eyes' Intel Report: China Suppressed, Destroyed Coronavirus Evidence, Endangered Other Countries
Chinese government isn't evil: it is amoral
Here Are The Key Findings From The Bombshell Government Dossier On China's Bat Virus Program
China Expert Peter Zeihan Says China’s Collapse on World Stage is Coming Within Three Years
France to extend coronavirus health emergency, will quarantine all travelers for 14 days, health minister says
There goes our trip to Provence
Mayor de Blasio: Opening NYC 'Few Months Away, at Minimum'
There goes away our...
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Extends Lockdown to After 4th of July
Spain's Push To Extend Lockdown Sparks Political Standoff As Global Coronavirus Deaths Decline For 5th Day
Majority of 17 international intelligence agencies believe COVID-19 started as accidental release from Wuhan lab.
Sunday, May 3. 2020
My House Wrens returned yesterday. I need to quickly finish my re-painting and refurbishing of their birdhouses because it cheers me to have them around ye olde cabin.
We have two pairs nesting each year in our wren houses, and their cheery chatter is a sentimental springtime pleasure. I can hear them right now. Once they lay their eggs, they tend to go silent so as not to draw attention to their eggs and babies.
With wrens, "If you build it, they will come." They love wren houses. They like to appropriate mailboxes too, or anything else with a hole in it. For many years when I was a kid we had them nesting happily in an old horse feedbag that hung on a nail in an open shed.
Problem with House Wrens is that the males will fill boxes in their territory with sticks to keep competitors from using them. Filthy Capitalist slime.
Read more about the House Wren here.
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
Saturday, May 2. 2020
I will not bore or annoy you all with what I am doing, but it's good, not perfect, but daily. Heavy deads this morning, in a pal's dark, cold garage. Watch the food intake!
I wonder how our readers are dealing with maintaining fitness and strength during this crazy time.
The bison calf taking the first step to rewild the Canadian prairies
Bison do not respect fences
Alaskan School Board Removes Five Supposed ‘Controversial’ Books From Curriculum
‘Journalism’ professors demand media censor Trump; show why public doesn’t trust journalists
The New York Times is too oblivious to realize how insufferable it is
THE FBI IS A CESSPIT OF CORRUPTION AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.
‘Most brilliant troll ever’: Donald Trump’s latest remarks on Tara Reade’s allegations against Joe Biden will ‘drive Biden supporters nuts’
Coulter: Q&A On the Wuhan Virus
Questions Reporters Might Ask Liberals If They Didn’t Suck
Association Of American Physicians Says 'Trump-Touted' Drug Has 90% Chance Of Helping COVID-19 Patients
New York Paid $69 Million to a Shady Vendor for Ventilators That Were Never Delivered
Never needed them anyway
THE CDC IS AWOL
Expert Report Predicts Up To Two More Years Of Pandemic Misery
We Are Nearly Done with the Worst Five Weeks of Virus Hell
Dear politicians, life must go on:
The Data Is In — Stop The Panic And End The Total Isolation…
Leaked Western intel dossier reveals how China deceived the world about coronavirus
Is Xi laughing?
The USMC Commandant’s China Bet: Reactions and Key Questions
North Korea's Kim Jong-Un 'Back From Dead', Makes First Appearance In 20 Days; Report
Maybe back from rehab
Friday, May 1. 2020
Instagram post by Middlebury College touts riot against Charles Murray that sent professor to ER
Exaggerating Hate Pays: Scandal-Plagued SPLC Has Millions in Offshore Accounts, Half a Billion in Assets
“It Was Worse Than We Thought… Durham Is Coming” – Rep. Jim Jordan Weighs In on Newly Released Deep State-Flynn Documents
FBI found no 'derogatory' Russia evidence on Flynn, planned to close case before leaders intervened
Genetic Engineering Could Make a COVID-19 Vaccine in Months Rather Than Years
Maine Restaurant Owner to Defy Liberal Governor and Re-Open Tomorrow — Then Drops Governor’s Phone Number on Live TV
Democrats are happy because...
‘How Dare They!’ Andrew Cuomo Schools Sens. McConnell, Rick Scott With Basic Math. New York’s governor wants to know “who is bailing out whom” when it comes to federal aid for coronavirus battle.
It's the taxpayer, Andrew.
National Taxpayers: Here Are A Few Things You Will Be Paying For If You Bail Out New York
Leaving Vietnam: Lessons That Linger in Our COVID-19 Age
Thursday, April 30. 2020
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Giant Asteroid Zooms by Earth at 19,000 MPH
Climate Cultist Calls Michael Moore’s Film Dangerous, Wants It Censored
These students are going to extreme lengths so everyone gets an 'A'
Rutgers prof: 'F*ck each and every Trump supporter'
Democrats ramp up demand for massive bailout of state and local governments
Why Have Women’s Groups Gone Dead Silent On Biden Sex-Assault Accusation?
Unsealed FBI Handwritten Notes, Emails Reveal Agents Plotted Perjury Trap On Flynn
Explosive New Flynn Documents Show FBI Goal Was To ‘Get Him Fired’. Handwritten notes from the FBI that had been withheld from Michael Flynn and his defense team show that the FBI's goal in investigating and ambushing Flynn was 'to get him fired.'
Former FBI General Counsel James Baker Has Flipped! Durham is Building Conspiracy Case on All of Those Who Lied to the Court!
Christopher Steele claims Clinton lawyer fed him debunked claim about Russian collusion in 2016
Trump Says To Drink Lots Of Water, Media Reports He Told Everyone To Drown Themselves
Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Coronavirus Testing
Delaying Herd Immunity Is Costing Lives
Sailer: Science Says
Greenfield: Idiocy in the Time of the Coronavirus
The Pandemic Has Become One More Issue for Americans To Fight Over
Georgia reopening state is terrible, but Colorado doing the same is ignored
Biden Admits That The Trump Administration Listened To The Scientists From The Beginning…
The left's 'listen to the science' mantra is growing old. Trump listened, and that's the problem.
The Netherlands Joins Switzerland: Will Reopen Schools Based on Findings that Children are Not at Risk of Coronavirus and Not Carriers
Wednesday, April 29. 2020
Image: The 2020 Trikini
Stone Says Special Counsel Recommended ‘no jail time’ If He Turned On Trump. He Refused To Lie.
Conrad Black: The Changes to Come - In a few months, everything will be largely back to what it was within the United States. The big changes will be geopolitical.
Lockdown claims a big scalp: Mayo Clinic furloughs or cuts pay of 30,000 employees due to shutdown
Lockdown Will Last Indefinitely in New Jersey
U.S. budget deficit will expand to almost $4 trillion this year, CBO says
Saying Lockdowns Must Last Until Mass Testing Or A Vaccine Is Absurd
Dr. Birx Under Attack by Liberals for Criticizing Media and Praising Trump’s Intellect
If Coronavirus Threat’s So Great, Why’s U.S. Overall Death Rate Down?
How to play with charts and graphs
How to play with news photos
A Fifth To Half Of All Coronavirus Deaths Have Been In Nursing Homes
US Intel Officials Believe 45,500 Corpses Were Incinerated In One Fortnight In Wuhan
The Chinese Coronavirus Is This Generation’s Tiananmen Test. We are suffering a catastrophe of the Chinese Communist Party’s making. It must be held accountable, made to pay for the destruction it has caused, putting every lever of American power on the table to ensure it.
Is Xi laughing?
Egypt building steel wall along border with Gaza Strip
No love for the Palis
Tuesday, April 28. 2020
PREHISTORIC SAHARA FILLED WITH FEROCIOUS PREDATORS WAS 'MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF PLANET EARTH,' SCIENTISTS SAY
In ‘Mrs. America,’ Hollywood Once Again Fails To Understand Conservative Women
Study: Historic Drop in U.S. Reading and Math scores Since Common Core ‘Debacle’
New York Progressives Officially Determine That All Wealth Comes From The Tooth Fair
Tyson Foods warns of meat shortages: 'The food supply is breaking'
HEATHER MAC DONALD: The paranoid style in COVID-19 America.
It’s beginning to look as if California is deliberately trying to tank the economy
Narrative Managers Argue China-Like Internet Censorship Is Needed
Medical, Economic, Social, Military: The State of Play
Monday, April 27. 2020
All members of the blackbird family have been passing through over the past month. In the Northeastern US, that mostly means Redwings, Purple Grackles, Cowbirds.
Cowbirds are famous for their foster parenting habit. Bad parents.
They like to hang out in pastures, where the animals stir up bugs to eat.
About the Cowbird.
How Does a Harvard Professor Think It’s ‘Authoritarian’ to Allow Parents to Teach Their Kids?
George Will’s “conservatism”
129 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List
WSJ: The Bearer of Good Coronavirus News - Stanford scientist John Ioannidis finds himself under attack for questioning the prevailing wisdom about lockdowns.
Lockdown is Destroying Food Supply Chain
Science says: It’s time to start easing the lockdowns
“This Is a Rigged System!” – 22 Million Americans Laid Off Due to Government Lockdown Orders — But Government Employees Keep Getting Paid!
Media Malpractice Week at Legal Insurrection
Kling: What I have come to believe
Sullivan: We Can’t Go on Like This Much Longer
A CNN journalist pens a fascinating insight into the left’s dystopian worldview
Sheesh. Needs an antidepressant
NBC’s Chuck Todd Touts A ‘Good Thing About This Economic Crisis’: ‘Clean Air’ And ‘Good Views’
Not even a bad joke
The coronavirus won’t defeat the city that never sleeps
De Blasio Appoints Wife Head Of Coronavirus Racial Inequality Task Force, Despite Prior Questions
Brilliant! He never quits finding her high-paid gummint jobs
Mapping the Mortality Maze: How Deadly Is COVID-19? Recent studies on fatality rates and infection rates provide enough information to decide when and how to reopen America.
Models are not facts
Pompeo blasts 'wildly soft' Obama-Biden coddling of Beijing: 'Allowed China to walk all over us'
A Tale of Two Scandals - Who was more credibly accused, Joe Biden or Brett Kavanaugh? It’s complicated
Is China Going To "Win" In The Corona-Crisis?