Cinco de Mayo

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Caption: Today, we commemorate the battle of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico—a celebration only seen in the United States. The date is largely unmarked by people in Mexico, but don’t let that stop you from eating a few tacos.



Bullet Points:

** I’ve been that guy!

** I am not claustrophobic, but no, just no. If I plan to die, I don’t want to plummet to the ground in an eggbeater with no controls or controlled from some distant point by a person with purple hair and a nose ring or something.

** The world went cold (ice age), and then 11,600 years ago, it warmed up without assistance from internal combustion engines. It’s been doing that sort of thing for a very long time: mini-iceages followed by warming periods with no input from Greta or Al Gore.

** Snakeheads – this isn’t as unusual as you might think. In this case, they’re smuggling high-value individuals in a stolen boat. I’ve seen them run up drugs in a boat on the same beach and have vans and unloading crews waiting.

** B-5 – right – still one of the better science fiction series presentations, even after all these years.

** “I was just talking with a NATO officer about the Russian Army and asked him how long the Finnish Army would take to seize St Petersburg. He said, ‘Not long. The only problem they’d face is that the Poles would get there first.’” Not unlike Patton and Montgomery at Messina.

** A discussion of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Worth a read. (h/t Claudio)

In two months, starting any time from now, Iran could truthfully announce it has at least 16 nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles with ranges of 1500 kilometers and can increase that by two every three months. This would probably be enough to deter attacks on Iran and allow it to order its proxies to attack its enemies with impunity. Those are Iran’s objectives in acquiring missile-ready nuclear weapons and are achievable in this way.

When they choose to do this, is a political decision for Iran’s leaders. They certainly now have that capability.

** Why are nurses protesting the use of A. I.? I was thinking of patients having their own bedside terminator (wearing a fetish nurse outfit)…  Some nurses objected to a platform in the Epic EHR that determines nurse staffing based on real-time charting. Cathy Kennedy, RN, neonatal intensive care nurse at Kaiser’s Roseville (Calif.) Medical Center and a nursing union leader told the San Francisco Standard that the next shift could be short-staffed if nurses don’t log charts right away. Other nurses said it might not account for their time-sensitive work that can’t easily be measured, such as educating patient family members or preparing for chemotherapy treatments before a patient arrives, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“We are the providers at the bedside, and we know how to take care of patients best,” said Amy Grewal, RN, an oncology nurse at Kaiser Permanente Fresno (Calif.) Medical Center, told the Chronicle. “No algorithm can tell us.”

Elsewhere, I heard from a nurse that hospitals are exploring the A. I. as simply a bridge to the end that they can offer robot assistants to reduce the nurse workload and overhead. It’s like putting automatic hamburger machine makers in McDonald’s and firing the cooks.

** Vegetarian options on the menu?

** (h/t Claudio) Ukrainian light aircraft used as kamikaze drones. They repurpose light general aviation aircraft, install guidance software, pack them with explosives, and off they go. With low light optics to aid in guidance, they could come in low out of the rising sun. They could put on the Music about a mile out.  Music? Yeah, they could play Wagner, Charge of the Valkyries… Oh, wrong film? You get the idea.

** Peterson on smart people.

** Sometimes, you fight the bull. Sometimes the bull fights you.

** So long as they continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult. ~George Orwell

** Read the Article – Shock and Awe on the Campaign Trail

All of this is true, especially the magnitude of what is happening and the public’s seeming ignorance or indifference. The Left never learns – destroy norms, ala Harry Reid, and never think you can be on the receiving end down the line.

Which may be the most chilling of all. Despite running the worst candidate – even Carter was a better POTUS – in the last century, they act like they have a lock on the election and won’t have to pay the consequences of their grotesque perversion of our legal system, turning it into a nakedly political weapon. Naturally, in Orwellian Projectionist form, they claim TRUMP is the threat to Democracy while they tear it limb from limb.

Dark Times ahead.

** DEI at Stanford University – Stanford’s DEI initiatives are not limited to humanities departments or race and gender studies. The highest concentration is in Stanford’s medical school, which has at least 46 diversity officials. A central DEI administration is led by chief DEI officer Joyce Sackey, with sub-departments throughout the medical school. Pediatrics, biosciences, and other specialties have commissars embedded in the structure.

In the sciences, DEI policies have advocated explicit race and sex discrimination in pursuit of “diversity.” The physics department, for example, has committed to a DEI plan with a mandate to “increase the diversity of the physics faculty,” which means reducing the number of white and Asian men. Administrators are told to boost the representation of “underrepresented groups,” or “URGs,” through various discriminatory programs and filters.




A Cautionary Note:

A little old lady was walking down the street, dragging two large plastic garbage bags behind her.

One of the bags was ripped, and occasionally, a $20 bill fell onto the sidewalk.

Noticing this, a policeman stopped her and said, “Ma’am, there are $20 bills falling out of that bag.”

“Oh? Darn it!” said the little old lady. “I’d better go back and see if I can find them. Thanks for telling me, Officer.”

“Well, now, not so fast,” said the cop. “Where did you get all that money? You didn’t steal it, did you?”

“Oh, no, no,” said the old lady. “You see, my backyard is right next to a golf course. Many golfers come and pee through a knot hole in my fence, right into my flower garden. It used to tick me off. Kills the flowers, you know.

Then I thought, ‘Why not make the best of it?’ So, now I stand behind the fence by the knot hole, real quiet, with my hedge clippers.

Whenever some guy sticks his thing through my fence, I surprise him, grab hold of it, and say, ‘O.K, buddy! Give me $20 or off it comes!’

“Well, that seems only fair,” said the cop, laughing. “OK. Good luck! Oh, by the way, what’s in the other bag?”

“Not everybody pays.”


Memes of the Week




Identify the Armor:





Parting Shot

Then and Now



39 thoughts on “Cinco de Mayo

  1. Not claustrophobic either and the fedgov even tested me on it but I agree. No way in hell would I trust a remotely piloted helicopter. Purple hair, nose ring… and their significant other just broke up with them.

    The regimes of Obama and Biden have a lot to answer for and giving Iran the time, money, and ability to develop nuclear weapons is certainly one of the more egregious. Even if the weapon doesn’t work as designed but spreads out all that lovely P 239/ U 235 all over the place it will be a disaster to clean up.

    1. Valerie Jarret (Obama advisor, born in Iran to American parents) guided the Obamanation’s love and reverence for Iran even though Barack had been raised around Islam as a boy and held a high regard for it – back when he was Barry Soetoro.

  2. Three looks like L3/35 or Carro Veloce CV-35 1930’s and WW2 Italian.

    Tried commenting about 3 hours ago but apparently did not get through.

  3. Cabela’s went to poo when Bass Pro bought ’em. Those “persons” inhabit both chains now.

    1. +1 I used to love Cabela’s gun library. Sometimes some interesting stuff showed up at a reasonable price. Not so much now. They’re really proud of the used stuff and there are trigger locks on everything, even antique cap andball revolvers.

      1. When Bass Pro bought them Cabela’s dropped the S&B Primers which were sold for about 20% less than the CCI primers. They also cut back on the number of powders that were stocked. A isle was dedicated to reloading supplies and dies with the next isle full of related equipment. Now it is all on one isle and only takes up about 3/4 of the isle. The good thing is that I moved and I am near a Palmetto State Armory store.

        1. The second worst gun buying experience of my life was at the Hazelwood, MO (St. Louis area) Gun Library, where I bought and paid for a somewhat expensive revolver and provided copy of FFL of my dealer at home to ship it to for transfer. It did not arrive in a timely fashion, and they seemed not at all concerned when I called them to inquire. Eventually they found it parked on some bonehead’s desk who had just not gotten around to shipping it after a week or so. Who knows how long it would have stayed there if I hadn’t called. No sense of urgency, no apology given, no promise to get it shipped anytime soon, either. As Ed indicated, absolutely “no need to go back” and the rest of you have been warned.

  4. It’s time once again for the Cinco de Quatro holiday. Barry Soetoro said so. I’ll be out at the range supervising celebrants and will likely get in a bit of trigger time as well. I picked up a lightly used P225 the other and I’d like to try it out before I go canoeing. Modelo Negra will be consumed on my return home tonight.

    1. The Lightbringer also discussed the uselessness of bayonets and called corpsmen, corpsemen. It was a delightful regime that can be forgotten with enough Modelo Negra Especial.

  5. I don’t think we ever have to worry about the electric heli-drone-taxis. Not really the sort of thing the FAA
    is fond of.
    Snakeheads – doesn’t look like anything that couldn’t be fixed by letting the Lifeguards have Mk. 19s.
    Cali Lifeguards are already better equipped than most Sheriff’s departments.
    Those bullfight / rodeo videos are great! Not quite as good as Running of the Bulls gorings, but still great.
    – Kle.

  6. Sinko de Mayo…that tragic day when The SS Hellmann’s went down of the coast of California…so not a true Mexican/Latino/Latinx celebration, but worth the taco inhaling…especially considering it’s a Miracle We The People haven’t been Whipped.
    (Yeah, a massive groaner but that’s my mood today)
    Cabela’s was good…but – like others have said – they overplayed their hand when sold to Bass Pro. Over-winding one’s toys never works out, except for the bean counters and loy-yers.
    Parting Shot- Either The Kardashian-Effect (aka. disfiguring surgeries) – or – too much estrogen pumped into hamburger at the cow-level…might be both. Not attractive (which includes tats…still don’t understand the tats or nose/bull ring thing).

  7. That’s some pretty desolate looking artwork, LL. Along with the title of the previous hope, they give me a sense of foreboding…..

    Looks like the Snakeheads have their act down pat.

    I don’t think I’d want a Mechanical Nurse. It just ain’t right.

    Yep….gotta love the British!

    Back to yard work……

  8. Personal Helo’s- Imagin a bunch of those in the air at rush hour in the hands of the general public…same group who manage to crash with self-driving EV’s. Yeah, no thanks…these are not Star Fleet level opertors.

  9. Cabela’s becomes Bass Pro:
    Paul Singer is a great man. A Great Man. He’s a principled “libertarian conservative” who gives generously to the best causes. He is a man with such big-dick energy that he screwed the entire nation of Peru. So screwing a mere corporation and its headquarters of Sidney, Nebraska was the sort of thing he likely does before breakfast.

    That hateful slander and farrago of lies and innuendos by Tucker Carlson against a Great Man was from 2019. Carlson’s been doing more Noticing since then. I denounce Carlson. Shame, Tucker! Shame!

  10. Perhaps the fledgling medical students at Stanford could be best served by practicing defenestration before moving on to their core studies.

  11. Larry, no mention of le Capitan Jean Danjou, or his treasured hand?

    On a more recent note, any comment on France committing the Legion Etrangere to Ukraine?

  12. Re: nurse staffing. I know for a fact that was one of the major issues at the hospital in Bozeman, Montana in the 1990s (once a nice college town now overrun with Californians and New Yorkers that have caused housing prices to approach that of coastal California, though a certain Californian commenter on another blog has assured me based on two-minute googling that that wasn’t the case, as if we don’t know who our new neighbors are who are paying cash for properties and forcing locals further and further away from town as they can no longer afford the property taxes on their 50-60 year old 1,200 sq. ft. million-dollar and up hovels). Young people are leaving to go where non-service jobs are available, and old retirees and younger millionaires moving in. It’s Vail and Aspen and Boulder Colorado in the 70s and 80s all over again.

    Anyway, staffing at the hospital was determined entirely on census, so nurses and aides never knew from week to week whether they would be working or not. Or called in suddenly. Morale was rock-bottom, then, as was some standard of care. Nursing home patients sent there with a broken hip almost always came back with terrible bed sores unless they constantly had family members monitoring and demanding proper care. From what I hear, nothing has changed, and maybe gotten worse. We’re reconsidering retiring back there, even though we’d be inheriting a now-$1.2 million dollar house my wife’s grandfather and father built in the 1960s. We’re back up there every three months to take care of my in-laws, now just m-i-l since December.

    I have nothing but praise for the nurses and doctors at my local Texas hospital (been in exile from Montana for work), even though I was a complete pain-in-the-ass whose only thought was of escape once I came out of the coma. I was in an induced coma and on a ventilator for 12 days with respiratory failure from double viral pneumonia, a kind of mild heart attack (precise name evades me at the moment), ketoacidosis (I’m Type 2 diabetic), sepsis (IV antibiotics for 3 weeks), toxic metabolic encephalopathy, and a host of other issues. I had more tubes in me than I would’ve thought possible. I never knew a carotid insert was even a thing, nor a tube in the ankle for lack of other places to put it (I guess). It was a near-run thing, and I don’t remember anything from after lunchtime the day before my wife came home from work and called 911 because I was wandering around naked, extremely agitated, and confused. High ammonia levels can do that, apparently. I can see why the ER docs immediately suspected drugs, but tests fairly quickly disabused them of that notion. But all the adrenalin surging through my system meant that they gave me enough drugs to knock out three men, and I was still fighting like a wild man in the 4-point restraints because from the very vague memory I have of that, I thought I was being tortured by unknown powers that be, and I desperately wanted to go home to my wife. It took 2 docs and 3 nurses 5 attempts to intubate me because I simply wouldn’t be knocked out. They got me on the 3rd attempt, but then I severely deformed my left hand getting it out of the restraint, pulling out tubes like crazy, and trying to undo my right hand while trying to punch (male) nurses. Handcuffs were added and a nurse sat on me to keep me down. My left hand was still completely yellow and tender when I woke up and was somewhat aware 12-13 days later. They need to add Rohypnol to their cocktail. I remember tremendously vivid delusions and nightmares from that time. It literally took weeks for them to fade, such as waking up in a blind panic because I was tangled in the sheets and thought I was restrained again and nearly punched my wife out before I woke up enough to realize what was what. The more vague memories were the ones that were actually verified by my wife and visitors. The man in the gorilla suit with the bowie knife who was going to kill me while I was restrained was probably a delusion. Probably. Though it took two weeks for me to realize that. It about a week before I could take a few steps to the bathroom using a walker with two nurses assisting me with a gait belt, and that *completely* wore me out. It took that long for my voice to even partially return, and even then I made Forest Gump sound articulate. It was 6 weeks before my mind felt normal, and even then, it really wasn’t. If my wife were to pass away before me, I would rather not go through that again. I would rather just die. Of course, if my wife hadn’t been there to call 911, I would probably have died in the next 12 hours, anyway. It was a very near-run thing, and it’s a damned good thing I’ve got excellent insurance and benefits because the total ran to over $750,000 including in-patient rehab, and out-patient physical and occupational therapy, and follow-up cardiology CT and exams, EEG, and cognitive testing (to be repeated in June because my EEG was “slow” in February, and I know I bombed parts of the cognitive test, though my memory was in normal range (which is bad for me). All we paid was our deductible, and I think we hit that before 12:15 AM New Year’s Day. Disability paid both my and my wife’s wages while she was attending to me and her Uber bills (her vision is too poor to drive). My company doesn’t pay the highest wages, but the management and the benefits are the best.

    Screw AI except to make suggestions like an idiot savant who can be freely ignored.

    I’ve nothing but praise for the docs and nurses that treated me, except for three nurses, but they might have been delusions. I honestly can’t tell. But I can see why hospital administrators would love to put AI in charge. It adds another layer of insulation from the actual effects of their policies in poorly run hospitals and nursing facilities. I didn’t mean to go at such length, but AI in charge of staffing really gets me agitated. Canada and the Netherlands will no doubt put it in charge of deciding enough is enough and sending an instruction to the pump to administer a lethal dose.

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