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Caption: Fandangle – pretentious tomfoolery.



Bullet Points:

** The Virtual Mirage Collection of (35) short stories and the anecdotal How to Make Money by Being a Government Informant have passed edit and are at Jules’ workshop, where she’s creating a cover. It won’t be long now. A follow-up collection of short stories with a working title of Fuzzy Logic is currently in the works and about halfway to completion with a similar blend of stories. If you like one, you’ll enjoy the other. There is no third short story collection in the works. Once I’m finished with that, I’ll get back to Hungry Ghosts.

** Nurses leaving the healthcare profession were surveyed: Findings were published April 9 in JAMA Network Open.

** When you’re dead, you don’t know the pain that is felt by others. It’s the same when you’re stupid.

**The following is from Becker’s Hospital Review. A number of healthcare organizations have recently closed medical departments or ended services at facilities to shore up finances, focus on more in-demand services, or address staffing shortages.

** I met a strange lady, she made me nervous. She took me in and made me breakfast…..

** H/T Claudio – The Navy wants to buy cheap, limited-use, cross-platform torpedoes. (more here)

Capt. Chris Polk, the Navy’s program manager for undersea weapons, detailed the effort to The War Zone and other attendees at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space symposium near Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The goal, Polk said, was to have a torpedo that costs $500,000 or less, with all components acquired and produced within a year. For comparison, the current unit cost of a Mk 48 Mod 7 torpedo is approximately $4.2 million, according to the Navy’s 2025 Fiscal Year budget request.

** Relax, conservatives, it’s just $24 billion in taxpayer dollars missing. I’m sure it went to a good cause, wherever it is now. “Meanwhile, homelessness has increased by 32 percent in California over the last five years. It has increased 67 percent in Sacramento. And half the nation’s unsheltered homeless now live in our state,” he continued. The dog ate the homework is a valid excuse.

** Navy Divers are divers and salvage experts. SEALs are combat swimmers (in addition to their air and land roles). There is a difference.

** Doom from outer space (The Sun’s Magnetic Poles)

** A man who won’t read is no better than a man who can’t.

** Consider the following quote from Churchill’s 1899 book, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan (vol.1):

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful, fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries: improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law, every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No more potent retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step, and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

** While it is doubtful that Churchill — or any other Brit born in the late nineteenth century — could ever have conceived that Britain would willingly give itself over to Islam, here are his rather applicable words concerning passivity in the face of growing threats (in this case, Hitler):

[I]f you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.


Identify the Armor down under





This identifies the armor, but it’s fun…more from down under.


Parting Shot

For those who know.


64 thoughts on “Fandangle

  1. —I met a strange lady, she made me nervous. She took me in and made me breakfast—

    Part of the 1981 song “Down Under” by Men At Work. A very popular hit then locally and still popular in Australia. Used by various groups as a victory song especially when beating an English team at something.

    Let me know if you need a translation from Australian slang to standard English.

    1. Here’s one for RCC. Watching the Royal Flying Dr. Service on PBS. Comment, as I recall, was made in a smoking ceremony for “Aboriginal women only” was “you’ll be showing your numbers”.

  2. Fandango-Perfect word of the day. (Apologies upfront to our Host for the following screed, just came out…yet I am not alone in the sentiment, there’s at least 80 million who might agree.)

    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!”- Well that about sums it up, but only one aspect of why we find ourselves in a sinking ship at the hands of a bunch of idiots and poseurs. Predicated on this “Death to America! Death to Israel!” crap, spewed by the demented indoctrinated and hate-filled, in their support of Hamas – blocking thoroughfares, causing havoc for regular folks trying to live their lives only to gain damn near zero consequence. Listening to Chris Stigall’s (AM990 Philly) opening segment this morning he was all over the Radical Muslim base tenets. He [bravely] called them out for their 7th Century garbage viewpoint that foments this insanity, including death to anyone they call infidel, or forcing their woman (aka chattel) into Halloween type ghost costumes, only in black. Theirs is about humiliation as they control everything in their narrow field of view. Yet…and his main point…we have members of our Congress (elected by even stupider people) acting as infiltrators. I call these types a locust plague on America…or any country they move into for that matter. Denmark told them “to assimilate and become a productive member of Danish tradition and society…or GET OUT!” (while offering a ticket to Anywhere, World).

    There is only one answer as to why our Border has been kept wide open: To foment anarchy and chaos in order to undermine America’s foundational freedoms by allowing every reprobate to wander in, get a pile of freebies with our tax dollars, then murder or rape with little consequence. ANYONE in a position of “authority” allowing this, or those actively involved, is committing treason and should be treated accordingly…harshly. And I don;t give a rip who you are; support the deranged, go to prison (or worse). Lawlessness cannot be tolerated any longer, and I believe the play by The Sewer Dwellers is to generate so much unrest that November never happens. We see direct election interference with a series of asinine cases built of fabricated law against a former President and NO ONE in power does a damn thing to stop these demented DA’s and the kangaroo circus that is suppose to be a court of law. Or this (as if this is anything acceptable in a rational world…but here we are):

    “Real estate mogul Shawn Meaike is concerned how hard-working, well-intentioned Americans will handle squatting issues as they grow more and more desperate. “People are going to start taking matters into their own hands. That’s what we do when there is lawlessness,” Meaike told Fox News Digital. “Something really bad is going to happen,” he said. “Am I saying this right thing to do? No, I’m not.” “They bought a property. They believe in the American dream. They wanted to get ahead. And the American dream became the American nightmare because somebody took what was theirs and the law was on the criminal’s side. It’s a scary place to be,” Meaike said. ”

    What will the tipping point be? When regular American citizens (the real ones) have had enough and start taking care of it themselves. Come home to some home squatter, shoot them if they won;t leave. Yeah, a little Wild West…but what choice are “authorities leaving people? None. Is that playing into The Sewer Dwellers hands? Maybe…but I don’t care…this is OUR country, and they work for us. When they stop doing their Oath-bound charter then we get to fix the problem. This is bad, really bad. SISU ULTRA MAGA ™

    1. Even though squatters are a protected species in the fetid inner cities, they are likely to be given a much warmer reception in the middle of nowhere.

          1. Especially since my Hydra-6 eBay purchase fell through, the visual alone would do the job. Hmm, come to think of it I have some plywood and PVC pipe, could make a facsimile and park it on the high outcropping…even have some rattle cans in camo colors.

          2. Gotta work with what ya got on hand…doesn’t hurt to own power tools and now which end of a hammer to use.

  3. The article about the sun’s magnetic poles flipping starts with “Imagine a world where compasses point south and the northern lights appear over the equator. This isn’t science fiction—it could happen soon. In 2024, the sun is due for a magnetic pole reversal, an event that happens every 11 years at the peak of the solar cycle.”

    It contradicts itself in that opening paragraph. As it says, the sun’s magnetic poles reverse every cycle and I’ve never seen any story about compasses pointing south or auroras at the equator. The only time the auroras have been seen far south had nothing to do with that – it was the Carrington Event, a massive solar flare and CME that also gets talked about by people who love to predict doom.

    1. Can’t we just pay a tax to keep the Sun in line? I mean, the weather tax is keeping us from extinction now. What’s one more tax?

      1. Ed, consider paying that tax to me. It’s money well spent. (not tax deductible) (the Sun would be happier if you sent cash)

        1. “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.”…WWM Shades, purchasable from the Merch button on the right.

  4. should never get me started with the “F’s, as in the fecund, facund, feculent speakers who inform us no more than what we would see on the otherwise blank screen
    I had always envisioned a fandangle to be a dance (that’s a group word, like “herd of cattle” or “murder of crows”) of nekkid womin with fantastic, large, and ugly bangles dangling from their ears (yes! I spelled that correctly).

      1. PS, and as an aside, I referred to inner-city women in the company of some leftist pigs who took exception. I corrected myself and said, “National Geographic women,” and got eye-rolls.

  5. “** A man who won’t read is no better than a man who can’t.”
    worse (IMHO) is the man who reads and is unable to understand
    worse still is the man wo reads and twists the words to his own use
    I have met many who read the Bible and can quote passages perfectly, yet have absolutely no idea of the meaning of the words they’ve just quoted
    I have met quite a few who read the Bible and can quote passages perfectly, yet find a meaning to the words they’ve just quoted totally opposite to what was meant/written by the scribe’s hand directed by G-d
    you’ve opened (as usual) a very large can of worms – deliberately?

  6. I’ve gotten into the habit (bad, I agree) that whenever MSN (or CNN, ad naus [I just erased the typing error: it came out as “ad anus”]), I take out the very large container of kosher salt – it’s become almost like reading a report of a government survey

    1. I believe all government surveys because they conducted them on Martha’s Vineyard among my betters.

  7. Ages later, it’s good to be back here. Especially like the new format of the blog. The new short story collection sounds very interesting, will look forward to amazon download links or so for it.

    This part of the world hasn’t changed much, same old. After a long time and lot of changes, I felt like resuming who I used to be. Maybe time dips us in changes to see if we’d change colour, maybe we’re not as enhanced as litmus.

    Resuming this world (hoping I’d be able to sustain the re-entry), the first blog I wanted to come back to, was yours.

    Hope you’ve been well LL.

    1. Ms. Assassin – it’s nice to have you back visiting the blog. I like who you used to be. Maybe because it’s who you are.

  8. 20 inches of copy in the JAMA article to say the same key points in the opening summary. Very typical of the goobly-gook of bureaucrats and technical study authors. Ask most nurses why they leave could be stated in brief statement. It is hard work and yes, under staffing and safety concerns for patient and staff. Add in the hospitals and clinics went from just patient care to enormous profit centers run by accountants and a bloated administration run by MBAs that have no healthcare experience… clean a bedpan? Add in the diversity movement and use of foreign low pay hospital staff and outsourcing sometime critical basic infrastructure, laboratory, radiology, etc… Doctors and even nurses now are woefully undertrained as to basic patient care. I see that in my dealings with doctors and hospital I have to deal with. During my years as a charge nurse, I was a better diagnostician than most of the new doctors I had to work with, even some of the older docs came to me have me offer my opinion and I would say I was batting .800. When I was diagnosed with MS in 2000 and left nursing, I was actually relieved to not work in that pressure cooker with a bad relief valve. Even today I am being recruited for employment, at 66 and my stock answer is, “Oh, hell no…”

    1. That’s much the same thing that my MD says. My original MD of 30 years retired and I shifted to his associate, 4 years younger – who says he’s staying in the profession four more years. The old and new MD say the same thing, which is when the present generation sail into the sunset with the Elves, we’re royally screwed.

    2. I didn’t read anything about the ones that quit instead of taking the jab.
      burnout (26%), insufficient staffing (21%)
      I would think that the two were related somehow.

    3. Cederq best wishes.

      Unfortunate coincidence my sister is also a nurse and Midwife who has MS. She still works part time and the hospital is begging her to stay. 43 years experience and more degrees to her name than most people could think of.

        1. Paul M, there is a small study I recently came across about the high rates of MS with nurses and even doctors. I am trying to contact the group doing the study and would like to know more and allow myself to be a hamster if they have need. I was a psych nurse and transited to the advanced med/surg that was one step below ICU and was a much happier camper. I was also a behavioral therapist and you are exposed to some powerful drugs and therapies and myriad chemicals. This was not talked about when I signed the employment contract…

          1. I made that observation years back after meeting her for the first time and hearing the story half a year later about how her coworkers – all woman in this case – contracted MS from the same hospital. One could speculate on the cause, but there always seemed a clear correlation to me…and DrMrsPaulM agreed once hearing my theory. Often it’s best to step back from the forest to see the trees…dad drilled that into me…also said (re: overthinking): “Engineers may get a project to 95%, then kill it to get that last 5%…don’t be that type, sometimes 95% is as good as you can achieve in the time frame you have.”

          2. Paul M, I would like to hear your theory, especially if you lovely wife since she agreed. I worked part time for a old curmudgeonly Vet in rural South Alabama as a surgical tech to him. He knew more about human physiology and ailments than an MD, he was for a couple of years my primary. Funny story, he handed me vet animal physiology books and animal disease and the equivalent Grey’s Anatomy and expected me to learn them in two weeks and would quiz me during routine in house surgical procedures and during farm treatments and wounds and if I got the answer wrong he would dock me twenty bucks out my pay. It was an incentive to memorize what I had to, he said with my education and extensive work in surgery and on a med/surg unit I should no problem. I was only docked twice… My email is kevcederquist at

          3. Causation was my approach…why was this happening to so many working within hospitals (as it appears from my cheap seat view). Had to be exposure to “something” in the hospital environment, didn’t make sense otherwise (to me anyway). What would cause nerve sheath damage inside a person? (Not confined to viral, bacteria, or some other microorganism/germ pathogen.) Root cause is where I’m looking..what’s in a hospital environment that would damage nerves? Gas. (Despite…or maybe directly caused by…clean HEPA filtration systems.) Other than that the only thing I look at are N95 (etc) masks worn to avoid giving a patient germs..maybe re-breathing ones own exhalate daily is a cause. Last thought I had was hand cleaners or environmental cleaners (chemical). It’s a mystery for sure.

          4. Paul, semiconductor FABs are much cleaner than anywhere in hospitals, using similar HEPA filtration systems. I don’t know who might keep their health statistics, but if you could find them they would be a good test for your theory.

          5. Cederq, chatted about this exchange with DrMrsPaulM…the gist of what she said is: researchers are using canine distemper virus (CDV – a specialist arm of veterinarian medicine) as a model for experimentation for MS cures (because they can’t use people, obviously). She said this is because MS and CDV behave similarly and a better treatment for one could likely cross-pollinated to the other. CDV science is (as typical) is ahead of human. She also said that the nerve sheath isn’t “attacked” by the virus (or whatever is the causal factor), but parts of the nervous system “development cascade” are down regulated (meaning, can’t keep up) hence degradation of the nerve sheath over time. That’s about all I can offer because the science is very complicated (as an RN you likely know this) and JAMA/JAVMA white papers are rife with studies, but small incremental ones. MrsPaulM also mentioned that her sister is no longer getting steroids (auto-immune) but is now getting IgG treatments as the steroids were discovered in the science to be ineffective and caused other problems.

            The CDV points to potential better treatments developments, no ability for a cure (unless science gains in leaps of understanding). This trajectory is similar to Stem Cells (what I call “the God cells)…was started in animal science because you are allowed to expand the cells, whereas – because of the hyperventilator’s – human cells are disallowed from expansion, why they use adipose cell over bone marrow draw for collection of MSC cells.

            Hope this gives some worthwhile info.

    4. Thank you RCC. On my blog we have a quaint fellow on our blog that comments. He is from the Queensland area and we have fun at his expense trying to decipher his Aussie at times… Fine chap he is.

      1. My sister and I are also in Queensland about 800 miles apart. Qld has five million people spread over an area almost 3 times bigger than Texas.

        North south one way is about 1800 miles.

  9. I read “The River War” about a decade ago and was impressed. Time to read it again though.

    JAMA article. Tough profession, I expect it will get much worse before it gets better.

  10. My favorite Churchill quote is something he supposedly said in reference to Sherman’s war is hell comment, to wit, “Sherman certainly made it so.”

    Don’t recall where I heard that, might have got that from LSP.

    1. Gen. Joe Johnston (defender of Atlanta until fired by President Davis) died of pneumonia a week after standing bare-headed in the rain at Gen. Sherman’s funeral.

  11. Bob Semple and his tank get a lot of crap thrown at him and it.

    But it’s comparable to WWI armored vehicles in both armor and mobility.

    And, well, when you have a Bob Semple and the enemy doesn’t have any armor or real anti-vehicle assets, you’ve got the advantage.

      1. As DRJIM points out, Pink’s makes decent fast food, too. I gravitate to their hotdogs, and it’s one of those situations where two are one and one feels like none. The Original Tommy’s chiliburgers are the best. Pink’s makes a chiliburger but they’re not in the running IMHO.

        Part of what makes these places memorable isn’t just the food but the lives we lived that were marked here and there with the eats. There was a time when SoCal was great. Truly a lot of fun. If those streets could talk, DRJIM. I’d take dates to plays at the LA Music Center and then we’d stand in line for an hour to get a Tommy’s Burger at Rampart & Beverly (chips and a canned soda). I stood in line with rich, poor, Hollywood starlets, etc. It was cool being there and the food was just a marker.

        It’s (Rampart & Beverly) all full of homeless illegal aliens now and there are other Original Tommy’s locations. The situation I found myself in is only a memory.

        1. Same with where I grew up. Superb little family-owned restaurants, sandwich shops, and *drive-ins*! Yes, complete with car hops, but only from April to October.

          If you ever take Rte 30 through Joliet, make sure you stop by the Ace Drive-In. It’s (still) straight out of “American Graffiti”.

          All I’ve ever had from Pink’s are the hot dogs, and from Tommy’s, the chiliburgers.

    1. I’m actively working on Volume 2. About 40K words on Vol 2 finished—half way. When I’m not busy working, it keeps my mind churning. An idle mind is the Devil’s toolchest.

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