VETERANS: Once again the US Gooferment reneges on a commitment

Bugle Blasts July 2020 Vienna VA 22181
Volume 12 Number 1 Cell: 703-861-0726 Email:

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DOD Immigrant Soldier Citizenship Promise Broken by U.S. – source

Six soldiers have filed a class-action suit charging the U.S. promise of citizenship for service – dating back to the nation’s founding – has been broken by DoDs restrictive policies on naturalization. The six non-citizens, who all enlisted in the Army under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program ( MAVNI), alleged new and lengthy security checks for possible terrorist ties and other measures have effectively blocked them from obtaining citizenship. The suit, filed on their behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union, charges DoD policies enacted in 2017 “unlawfully obstructed the ability of thousands of service members to obtain citizenship, placing them in a state of personal and professional limbo.”

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An inexcusable action!


VETERANS: Do NOT bring back the draft; repeal its legislation

Bugle Blasts July 2020 Vienna VA 22181
Volume 12 Number 1 Cell: 703-861-0726 Email:

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As I begin the 12th year of Bugle Blasts – something different – a rare editorial comment.

The Selective Service System and a Draft

There is occasional talk about bringing back the draft to replace or supplement the All-Volunteer US military. Having retired from the Army and having worked as a civilian for Department of the Army, the Selective Service System and Department of Veterans Affairs, a return to a draft is an option I have generally supported since I believe it would provide a better cross-section of the nation’s youth vs. the all-volunteer service. But would it be practical course of action?

If a draft (which, under present laws, would be all-male) were authorized today, the Selective Service System could provide the first allotment of 100,000 men in approximately 13 days, with additional allotments to arrive subsequently. So, where would they be sent for training? Where would they be housed? Where would the uniforms and equipment come from? Who would do the training? Where would they be sent when basic training was completed? Finally, how would they be paid? The first month base pay for the first allotment of 100,000 would be about $180,000,000 (a new recruit earns about $1,800 a month base pay). But today about 56% of new enlisted personnel are married and have families (70% of new officers are married), so all that additional pay and allowance-reiated cost would be added on top, plus medical care, quarters, schools and more.

Before the US initiated the WW2 draft an Army Private or Navy equivalent earned $21 a month base pay, unchanged since the Civil War, and all recruits were unmarried. It is interesting that in 1940 when the War Department mobilized the National Guard, a National Guard Private earned $1 a day. Their pay could not be reduced to $21 a month. As a result there was an immediate pay raise for all active military personnel.

So, while a draft might be an excellent idea, there are a few problems associated with taking such an action.

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America was a different place both before the draft by Abe Lincoln and after Viet Nam.

In the prior time, “We, The Sheeple” joined their State militia.  In the later time, “We, The Sheeple” had see enough young boys ground into hamburger.

I oppose the “DRAFT” as unconstitutional slavery. Ditto of the various forms of “draft” disguised as “training programs”, Gooferment-sponsored volunteer “opportunities”, and any form of “public / private partnerships”.

It’s the “endowed by their Creator” part that prohibits Gooferment coercion.

And, let’s not forget that the Dead Old White Guys abhorred a “Standing Army”, as well as “special militias” like the BATF, FBI, etc. etc. and (let’s not forget) the (well armed) Department of Agriculture.


Modifiable Risk Factors and Comorbidities for Severe COVID-19 Infection |

There are things you can do right now to reduce your risk of falling seriously ill and dying from this disease.

Source: Modifiable Risk Factors and Comorbidities for Severe COVID-19 Infection |

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A short video that is helpful in separating hype from fact!


Senator Tim Scott slams Nancy Pelosi’s claim that Republicans are trying to get away with murder | Daily Mail Online

‘I thought to myself, ‘How in the world does this woman, standing in front of a $24,000 refrigerator, have the sense to jump into the bottomless pit of race politics? Why in the world would she want to do that?”

There’s only one answer, by the way, one answer,’ Scott continued. ‘It’s because she’s lived so long in a state of privilege that she has forgotten that it’s the Republican Party that voted more for the Civil Rights-era legislation than the Democrats.

Source: Senator Tim Scott slams Nancy Pelosi’s claim that Republicans are trying to get away with murder | Daily Mail Online

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I intend to donate to whomever challenges her for that seat!

Put my money where my mouth is!

She’s needs to be swept into History’s dustbin.


Smart Society, Stupid People

Tyler Durden Sun, 06/21/2020 – 22:45 Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via The American Institute for Economic Research,

We’ve lived through the most bizarre experience of human folly in my lifetime, and perhaps in generations. Among the strangest aspects of this has been the near universal failure on the part of regular people, and even the appointed “experts” (the ones the government employs, in any case), to have internalized anything about the basics of viruses that my mother understands, thanks to her mother before who had a solid education in the subject after World War II.

Source: Smart Society, Stupid People

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This has been nothing but “good crisis not to waste” by the politicians and bureaucrats.  With the Big Media and “celebrities” piling on!

So stupid.  Maybe “they” need to load up the trains and clear out the gene pool?



Botched Tests, $1,200 Checks for Dead Marred U.S. Virus Response

The Internal Revenue Service issued about 1.1 million economic stimulus payments worth $1.4 billion to people who have recently died, which largely went to their next of kin. The IRS has said that recipients of those payments should return the money, but many people may be unaware that they are required to do so.

Source: Botched Tests, $1,200 Checks for Dead Marred U.S. Virus Response

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Why am I NOT surprised?


Safely opening PDFs received by e-mail (or fax?!)

Many election administrators in U.S. states and counties need to receive and open PDF files from voters. Some of these administrators receive these PDFs as e-mail attachments. These may be filled-out voter registration forms, or even voted ballots from UOCAVA (overseas and military) voters .

Source: Safely opening PDFs received by e-mail (or fax?!)

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“Internet return of voted ballots is inherently insecure; that’s a separate issue and I’ll discuss it below.”

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The internet was not designed to be secure.

No amount of kludges, bolt ons, or widgets is going to make it so.

To be secure, it needs to be re-engineered.


Man died at hospital after relatives unplugged ventilator for air conditioner

The ventilator had a backup battery, but the man’s relatives didn’t tell doctors or nurses that they unplugged it, the medical superintendent at the government-run hospital told the outlet.

Source: Man died at hospital after relatives unplugged ventilator for air conditioner

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Easy rule of thumb — do NOT touch anything in the patient’s room.



TECHNOLOGY: AMAZON disappoints again!



Amazon is constantly evaluating our product and service offerings to best serve our customers. Beginning July 21st 2020, Dash Wand devices will no longer be supported. You can still use Alexa to add items to your Shopping List, add groceries to your cart, reorder items, and more with any Echo device or use the Alexa feature within the Amazon App and the Alexa App. Learn more about shopping with Alexa.

If you wish to dispose of your Dash Wand device, find more information about the Amazon Recycling Program here. Before disposing of your Dash Wand device, you can easily deregister it by visiting your account’s “Manage Your Content and Devices“ page and selecting the “Devices” tab on or in the Amazon App. Then, select your Dash Wand and press “Deregister.”

Thanks for being an Amazon customer. We hope to see you again soon.

Amazon Alexa Shopping team

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Well la de dah.  You fools who liked and used it are just out of luck.  We gave you your 15$ as a credit on your first order.  So just go away!

After my expereince with “Subscribe and Save” and more recently their bait and switch on shipping date, Amazon has really slipped in my book.  

Wonder when WalMart will get their act together and compete with them?


NEWJERSEY: “King” Murphy must be dethroned!

Tyler Durden Fri, 06/19/2020 – 23:40 Authored by Michael Lesher via,

Growing up as I did in the Cold War, I still experience a special kind of shudder whenever I come across an anecdote like that of Katya Soldak, whose Soviet nursery school teacher once showed her class a photograph clipped from a Western newspaper, “depicting skinny [Russian] children in striped robes walking in a straight line.” The capitalists who printed that picture wanted people to think Soviet children were “treated like prisoners,” the teacher declared angrily, “when in reality the kids were on their way to a swimming pool in their bathrobes.” Which was a nice story (thought little Katya) — except that “I had never even seen a pool…. [T]hey existed in my mind as does an exotic animal or an unvisited city.” A time capsule from a remote dystopia?

Source: Lies, Damned Lies, & COVID-19

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On June 4, New Jersey’s Governor Murphy issued his third consecutive extension of what was supposed to be a thirty-day “state of emergency” he had originally declared — unilaterally — on March 9.

What was the “emergency” this time around? In the governor’s own words: “there has now been a decrease in the rate of reported new cases of COVID19 in New Jersey, in the total number of individuals being admitted to hospitals for COVID19, and in the rate of reproduction for COVID19 infections in New Jersey.” Got that? New cases, hospitalizations, even the “rate of reproduction” for the virus are all on the wane throughout Murphy’s jurisdiction. (And have been for months.)

Yet in today’s Newspeak, that’s an “emergency” — enough to justify another month of democracy-free rule by executive fiat.

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It seems that the various politicians and bureaucrats have become too big and powerful.

Only the indignation of patriots can put them in their place.


Vote them out.  Impeach them.  Where are Initiative, Referendum, and Recall when you need them?

Anyone remember Hands Across New Jersey and the McGrevey “toilet paper tax”?

Where are today’s patriots?


POLITICAL: But “celebrities” should be seen and not heard on politics

Brion McClanahan PO Box 2713 Phenix City, AL 36868-2713

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Let’s not forget about Taylor Swift insisting that any monument honoring “racists” needs to be removed. I wonder if she is talking about the Lincoln Memorial? Honest Abe didn’t have very nice things to say about black Americans.

Swift is stupid, but a typical celebrity, so you expect this nonsense from her crowd.

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I enjoyed her early music before she went “big time” and “adult”. I understand that everyone has to grow up.

But “celebrities” should be seen and not heard on politics.

Just because they are “rich”, doesn’t make their opinion any more important than the poor working stiff at the unemployment office. That fellow will at least have their priorities in order.


FUN: Horses’ Asses control almost everything.

History of Railroads
This may have been around before, so apologize if a rerun but thought it was both interesting and funny!

(FJR: It has but it’s timeless)

Railroad Tracks 

The U.S. Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.  That’s an exceedingly odd number.  

Why was that gauge used?  

Because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the U.S. Railroads.

Why did the English build them like that?

Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.

Why did ‘they’ use that gauge then?

Because the people who built the tram ways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?

Well, if they tried to use any other  spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So, who built those old rutted roads?

Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads?

Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.

Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
In other words, bureaucracies live forever.
So the next time you are handed a specification, procedure, or process, and wonder, ‘What horse’s ass came up with this?’, you may be exactly right.

Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.

These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs  The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah.

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.

The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel.

The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass.

And you thought being a horse’s ass wasn’t important!

Now you know, Horses’ Asses control almost everything.

Explains a whole lot of stuff, doesn’t it??!!  

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Credit to my “old” as opposed to my “older” and “oldest” friends.


Categories FUN

Rescuers Save Baby Lion Who Had His Legs Broken To Take Pictures With Tourists

Recently a sad story about a little lion surfaced on the internet. This adorable lion cub was taken away from his mother when he was only a few months old. He was taken away to be used as a tourist attraction. The horrible people that stole him broke his leg and wounded his spine so that he wouldn’t be able to run away or struggle when tourists took pictures with him.

Source: Rescuers Save Baby Lion Who Had His Legs Broken To Take Pictures With Tourists

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Has to be a special place in Hell for people like these.  I hope Putin will help them “understand” cruelty.


Strategic Allocation of Coin Inventories

The Federal Reserve is working on several fronts to mitigate the effects of low coin inventories. This includes managing the allocation of existing Fed inventories, working with the Mint, as issuing authority, to minimize coin supply constraints and maximize coin production capacity, and encouraging depository institutions to order only the coin they need to meet near‐term customer demand. Depository institutions also can help replenish inventories by removing barriers to consumer deposits of loose and rolled coins. Although the Federal Reserve is confident that the coin inventory issues will resolve once the economy opens more broadly and the coin supply chain returns to normal circulation patterns, we recognize that these measures alone will not be enough to resolve near‐term issues.

Source: Strategic Allocation of Coin Inventories

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Maybe my horde of nickels might command a premium now?


“This Is Just F–king Unbelievable!”: Bankrupt Hertz Is a Pandemic Zombie | Vanity Fair

In a company in the midst of coronavirus-caused bankruptcy, where stockholders are likely to be wiped out, there are weird signs of life—worthless stock ticking up, an equity offering. But betting on an undead company is a very bad idea.

Source: “This Is Just F–king Unbelievable!”: Bankrupt Hertz Is a Pandemic Zombie | Vanity Fair

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“It’s one thing for speculators to speculate before the existing Hertz shares get delisted, which the New York Stock Exchange has ordered … It’s quite another for the debtor—Hertz—to take advantage of its own badly misinformed shareholders by attempting to sell them new equity, knowing for sure that stockholders will get wiped out after a plan of reorganization is agreed to, leaving them with nary a sou. It’s easily one of the more cynical financial ploys to come along in a season filled with cynical financial ploys. (And Hertz even admits in its prospectus that the investors in the offering could get wiped out in the bankruptcy.)” Vanity Fair: ‘This Is Just F–king Unbelievable!: Bankrupt Hertz Is a Pandemic Zombie.

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This is dirty pool!


LIBERTARIAN: Statue-toppling, right and wrong – The Boston Globe

How should we decide when it’s appropriate to remove a statue or monument to some person from a public place of honor? I argue for a two-part test: (1) Was that person honored for unworthy or indecent behavior? (2) Is that person known today primarily for unworthy or indecent behavior? When the answer to both is no, the statue or monument should stay.

By that test, every memorial that glorifies leaders and generals of the Confederacy should be hauled away. The cause for which they struggled was the vilest cause in American history: the perpetuation of African slavery. They were extolled because they went to war in defense of human bondage.

Source: Statue-toppling, right and wrong – The Boston Globe

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With all due respect to a great columnist (IMHO), I disagree.

The War of Northern Aggression was not a “civil war” (i.e., a fight between two factions to control the “country”).

It also was not about slavery.  It was about tariffs being imposed to benefit the Northern States at the expense of the Southern States. 

At a deeper philosophical level, it was about “American nationalism” as opposed to the American republic.

Sorry but this war was a “Second American Revolution” that was the end of the American republic.

So sad that we are on the road to ruin that we were put on when George Washington and the first Congress violated the Constitution as it was “sold” to the various People of the States.  If they had been smarter, the Dead Old White Guys would have never approved the Constitution.



Black Lives Matter supporter carries ‘far-Right’ protester at London Waterloo station | Daily Mail Online

A man identified as a far-right protester has been carried to safety from protestors as animosity was briefly set aside on a day of clashes in London between rival groups and police.

Following violent clashes in Trafalgar Square, Black Lives Matter protestors and some counter protestors headed over the River Thames towards Waterloo Station.

Source: Black Lives Matter supporter carries ‘far-Right’ protester at London Waterloo station | Daily Mail Online

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We need to punish the violent and reward the peacemakers like this person.

We need more peace!


Streaming Is Laying Bare How Big ISPs, Big Tech, and Big Media Work Together Against Users

HBO Max is incredible. Not because it is good, but because of how many problems with the media landscape it epitomizes. If you ever had trouble seeing where monopoly, net neutrality, and technology intertwine, well then thanks, I guess, to AT&T for its achievement in HBO Max.

Source: Streaming Is Laying Bare How Big ISPs, Big Tech, and Big Media Work Together Against Users

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This lack of choice means that there is no reason for AT&T or any of the other large ISPs to have a better quality product or better customer service. They know we will pay because in 2020, nearly all of us need Internet access at home. Any Internet service will sell just fine, and it’s more lucrative, in the short term, for ISPs to offer slow, expensive Internet than fast, good Internet.

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Sounds like the Gooferment “anti-trust” folks are in the hip pocket of Big Tech.  And, “We, The Sheeple” get screwed.


POLITICAL: Wonder where they intelligence is

The Brion McClanahan Show Episode 315: The Third American Revolution?
Jun 11, 2020

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The stupid files increase daily. I almost don’t know where to begin.

Perhaps we should start with General David Petraeus. No one would call the philandering former CIA director an idiot. Corrupt, perhaps, but not an idiot.

Except maybe he is. Consider this stupid piece he wrote for The Atlantic on June 9: “Take the Confederate Names Off Our Army Bases.”

Petraeus didn’t know that Ft. Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina was named for Andrew Jackson, not Thomas J. Jackson.

That’s right. An army four star general (with a Ph.D) was not aware of the history of a major army military installation, but we should listen to this guy, right?

Stupid. But maybe we shouldn’t expect much more from a man who handed classified information to his paramour.

His piece is typical virtue signaling nonsense sprinkled with Yankee Self-Righteous Delusional Disorder and topped with a bit of neoconservative Union worship.

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I can’t believe the STUPIDITY that abounds in the Leftist “deep state”!


NEWJERSEY: His Royal Majesty Murphy’s diktats kill — figuratively and literally

“As a state, during Covid19, one of the great failures is that we lifted up corporations while crushing mom and pops, picking winners and losers – that is unacceptable.” – Senator Vin Gopal in a Facebook post on Asbury Park’s ordinance to allow indoor dining on Monday in defiance of the Governor’s executive order

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I wonder how many post, clubs, and fraternal organizations who run small bar have been put out of business by His Royal Majesty Murphy’s diktats.

If “We, The Sheeple” don’t toss him out of office in the next election, then there is no hope and the name should be changed to the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee!


GOVEROTRAGEOUS: HCA Healthcare needs a “wake up” call

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The NYT: The American health system in one lede. “HCA Healthcare is one of the world’s wealthiest hospital chains. It earned more than $7 billion in profits over the past two years. It is worth $36 billion. It paid its chief executive $26 million in 2019. But as the coronavirus swept the country, employees at HCA repeatedly complained that the company was not providing adequate protective gear to nurses, medical technicians and cleaning staff. Last month, HCA executives warned that they would lay off thousands of nurses if they didn’t agree to wage freezes and other concessions. A few weeks earlier, HCA had received about $1 billion in bailout funds from the federal government, part of an effort to stabilize hospitals during the pandemic.”

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Sounds like there should be a “clawback”!


Liberty Must Survive in Good Times and Bad Times, by Sean Gangol

We have a series of cases where governors and local officials have violated the First Amendment rights of church goers. In Kentucky we have seen the police record the license plate numbers of those who chose to attend Easter sermons. In Mississippi, the local police decided to disrupt church services that were delivered to a congregation that never left their cars. Recently, the mayor of Chicago authorized a full-scale raid against a black church that was holding services in her city. Sadly, it’s not just church goers that have had their rights violated. In Colorado there was a father who found himself handcuffed by the police for breaking social distancing rules when he played catch with his own daughter in the park. Yeah, you read that correctly, his own daughter. Even in my hometown of Houston you have Lina Hidalgo, the Judge of Harris County who is so overzealous that she needs to be consistently reminded by Governor Abbot and the higher courts that she doesn’t have the authority to release criminal inmates onto the streets, fine people for not wearing masks in public or single handedly passing a voting by mail initiative. In Dallas Abbot had to intervene when Dallas officials wanted to put a salon owner in jail for seven days for opening her shop a week before all hair grooming businesses were allowed to reopen in Texas. I do feel lucky living in a state that has a Governor and higher courts with enough sense to keep overzealous officials in their place.

Source: Liberty Must Survive in Good Times and Bad Times, by Sean Gangol

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Guess we can just scrap that pesky old First Amendment and move on to completely eliminating the Second one.

Then, the elite can start planning the trains to the camps!

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Hobby Lobby closing all stores, issuing mass furloughs

In a statement posted on the company website on Friday afternoon, Hobby Lobby announced it will furlough “nearly all store employees” without pay and “is ending emergency leave pay and suspending use of company provided paid time off benefits and vacation.”

Source: Hobby Lobby closing all stores, issuing mass furloughs

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I foresee a lot of lawsuits and Gooferment regulatory action.


Elmer Fudd stripped of rifle in new Looney Tunes cartoon series

Fudd, known for his own catchphrase, “Shhh. Be vewy, vewy quiet. I’m hunting wabbits,” gets outsmarted by Bugs at every turn, even though he’s always had his trusty shotgun at his side — until now.“

We’re not doing guns,” Peter Browngardt, executive producer of the new series, told the New York Times. “But we can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All of that was kind of grandfathered in.”

Source: Elmer Fudd stripped of rifle in new Looney Tunes cartoon series

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Can’t come up with an original idea so then they revise it to make it “politically correct”.  Argh!


Two Genetically Identical Twins Separately Ate Vegan And Meat-Heavy Diets For 12 Weeks, Then Compared Their Results

Einstein famously talked about a “twin paradox,” where one identical twin gets sent out into space in a high-speed rocket, and the other remains on Earth. In the experiment, due to spatial relativity, the Earth twin would age more.

Source: Two Genetically Identical Twins Separately Ate Vegan And Meat-Heavy Diets For 12 Weeks, Then Compared Their Results

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Interesting comparison over a short time.

I’m convinced plant-based is the way to go.

Now if I just could do it!


GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Handicap parking

Anyone else annoyed with handicap-parking abuse?

I see perfectly fine “weightlifters” with “handicapped” placards. Big Ford 250s with “handicapped” plates. And one neighbor with a placard for each of her three cars.

Have the police ever wrote a ticket for this type of abuse?

My suggestion is to put the eligible person’s picture on the placard. Then the Usurpers could be easily detected.

As a little L libertarian, without the Gooferment this abide would be-non-existent. But how could the Gooferment signal its “compassion”?