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Another Swamp Creature

(The Blaze) The Securities and Exchange Commission — a government agency established in the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash to protect investors and maintain fair markets — may soon become a key player in imposing President Biden’s climate agenda.

In a 3-to-1 vote last week, unelected Democratic bureaucrats who serve as the agency’s commissioners voted without authorization from Congress to impose sweeping new rules that require all publicly traded companies to disclose how their business affects “climate change.”

According to a press release issued by the SEC, the proposed rules would require businesses to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions along with any and all information relevant to “climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have a material impact on their business, results of operations, or financial condition.”


Social Credit Scoring

(Brownstone Institute) “It’s the price we pay for freedom! All we are supposed to do is trust the government. Brandon & the Ho (the American brain trusts) have this totally under control. People are skeptical but he remains popular in some circles, mostly in large blue-state cities. People are suffering but it’s another country’s fault. Meanwhile, the government works to silence dissent, punish those who protest and control the media. All this control is getting worse.


Dear Diary (from the War to end all Wars)

“One burst a few feet over the crest-line, hitting gun, horses, and my own poor horse. I had just time to call to the gunner drivers that it was no use running about when another 5.9 H.E shell came just right for us. It struck a little tree about 12 feet up its trunk and exploded. I felt something hit me on the left breast and on the right instep, with no pain and did not think I was wounded. I looked up and heard Corpl. Jack said his leg was broken, and the lad laying next to me looked pitifully around and I saw he was practically disemboweled by the base of the shell. Then I opened my shirt, found a fair hole about 4 inches above the left nipple, and a lot of blood flowing, my foot was only bruised, but very painful, and the end of the left spur shot away.

The bullet, or shell fragment, had gone through my medal ribbons. Did not feel sick and was not spitting blood, so concluded it was not serious, but as well to clear out; picked up my kit, got out the field-dressing, and stepped off down the road. Clancy of the machine-gun detachment helped me unpack the FFD which I held on the wound. Halfway down the hill found B and C companies just arrived with Stephen; also my poor horse lying dead. Stephen had just finished him off. Secured my sword, on which the horse had fallen, bending it to scythe shape, and offered it to the advanced dressing station at Vendresse.

There Meaden diagnosed my trouble as a superficial injury; but he was wrong, as I know the bullet if not in me will be in my trousers. Got a dressing put on, felt fine, and asked if I might return to the battalion. This was refused, and quite right, as I soon felt groggy with loss of blood, and pain and stiffness increased. At about 1 I drove off on the box of a horsed ambulance to Villers 4-5 miles back, and beyond the Aisne, where a fresh dressing was put on, and the missile was found lying on my breast bone. I decided not to have it out then as I had had enough interesting incidents for one day. Of the sights and sounds at the dressing station, it is better not to write.”

Diary of then Lt-Col Cecil Lowther, entry of 15 September 1914.

Lowther was at the time commander of the 1st Battalion Scotts Guards and was wounded by a shell fragment during the First Battle of the Aisne. He’d later go on to command the 1st Guards Brigade and then become the military secretary at GHQ.

This entry is from his unpublished diary, held by the Imperial War Museum.


From the White Wolf Mine File

About two weeks ago, an off-the-grid cabin burned up in my neck of the woods. It was not insured, so don’t let your mind wander in that direction.  I know the occupant, who escaped with the clothes on his back and a cell phone.

He reloaded ammunition for locals. He had been having some issues and approached me for assistance. I solved the problem immediately, having hand-loaded more than a few rounds. So in addition to the fire, there was a lot of ammo cooking off.

The community gathered Tuesday to clean up the site and haul his worldly goods (now charred) to the landfill. He told me, “I prepped for everything…except for this one thing.”

He burned wood for heat and my guess was that a log rolled out of his fireplace while he slept.  Logs are not as bankable as coal and it’s been cold here even though it’s the end of winter.

I have helped him (Matthew 25:40) as have others. He is living in a small building/shed behind the home of a local Baptist pastor until other arrangements can be made.

The point is that we’re all one step from …except for this one thing, no matter how elegant our planning.




26 thoughts on “Midweek

  1. I’ve been to a hundred house fires over the years, almost all were preventable. It just takes some common sense and some situational awareness to avoid a tragedy, but you must be ever vigilant. https://youtu.be/7XSuy-w4T4o This song by the Oklahoma band the Turnpike Troubadours certainly explains the dangers of a house fire in a rural or inaccessible area. I feel compassion for him and his loss.

    1. forest fire is a fear of mine when services are no longer available. i have seen it run the next valley and ridge line over from mine one year. they are frequent but small most of the time here but only b/c they get caught early. nothing much you can do to fight that monster. sure i have a metal roof etc and cut back the brush n such but if it wants you gone, you’re gone.

      1. When the federal budget collapses, the forests will burn without restraint because there will nobody there to stop it. I have concerns as well, metal roof and fireproof siding notwithstanding.

    2. “almost all were preventable”
      High School days, we lived in an old house my parents remodeled. My father installed a prefab metal fireplace then framed around it with wood. One morning I overloaded the fireplace with lump coal. By chance, a relative stopped by and found the wood had started smoldering. If not for that, we would have come home to ashes. Two dumb mistakes. First, the installation. Second, my overloading.

      1. I’ve been inside his cabin. The place was a firetrap. Took prescribed (but heavy) drugs and used a cpap machine. To his credit, the smoke alarm eventually woke him but by that time flames were crawling up the walls and along the ceiling.

        I helped him sign up for Social Security disability before this happened. He should start receiving some small benefits in June. He’s 42, disabled in a very bad car accident a decade ago. He was a mechanical engineer. Now, he exists as best he can.

      2. I was awakened by my younger brothers one morning in my youth.
        They shared a room and had decided to build a campfire in there closet.
        I managed to put it out before the folks woke up.

        1. My younger brother and I used to train with sharp-edged knives (usually outside). I had blades driven into me more than once accidentally. My poor grandmother was not ready for that level of boy vs boy innocent fun.

  2. I do not want the Beck-Levin team to be correct, but since they are in a position to know more than the average Joe (yeah, that one too, who is running out of batteries and the daily charger ain’t keepin’ up). But if this SEC theft happens we are done because the Socialists can run more open-loop on top of the present destructive firehose they are currently operating. Be pretty hard to undo their mess, but we saw PDJT do a lot in two years with his half-halt to the sinking ship.

    Lowther- When more men were men, and tougher than nails and a stubborn mule combined.

    When building our place, a guy lived way in the back. Quiet Dbl-E genius type. Off grid cabin, decent. The place caught fire one night in Winter, started at the roof. The only reason he lived is because the ceiling fan fell on him and woke him up. He brushed it off and rebuilt. Neighbors get help in time of need, even if they aren’t nice people. Says so in The Book.

    1. Who is running the shadow US government? We know that it’s not Jo/Ho.

      Interest rates must at least equal inflation or we have a recession and runaway inflation which means depression. Yes, it is engineered by Rhodes Scholars and Yale grads with an agenda.

      1. Thinking whomever is running America into the dirt is a good chunk of the Lolita Express evil crowd…you’ll know if one of them coughs up $125m for Great Saint James and Little Saint James (aka Epstein Island) to continue to plot against the little people, using the gilded underground Satanic Ritual Room from whence their ill-gotten power bubbles up.

        Not one of those “scholars of higher education and special frat boy clubs” is fit to run anything other than an automated garage door opener. As the Murphy-esque axiom goes: Those that can’t, teach. Those that can’t teach, administrate.” With this idiocy I’d add “Those that can’t administrate, become politicians. And those who can’t even do that becomes President and Vice President.” Nothing but thieves and weasels. Which is why they are working hard to cover for their nefarious Ukraine activities, including “the smartest person” Mr. MAGU knows. (Not saying much considering the crowd he runs with, including his Adderall’d self.)

  3. That one thing is always an eye opener. I will take your neighbors loss and go through my plans to see what I missed,

    SEC regs, I saw that and immediately thought of Pink Floyd’s song about another brick in the wall. Good grief, what a way to stifle a new business.

    1. He lived in a cabin his grandfather built. Grandma is buried out back in a marked grave. He tried to bring the electrical wiring up to code and may have succeeded. It didn’t matter because the weakest link in his place was the scary fireplace. My hovel is 3 years old, everything is to code and I burn a fire for atmosphere more than anything. I don’t do very much the way that he did, and while he had ammo cook-off, you don’t want to within miles of my place if it goes up. Seriously.

        1. Maybe.

          The .50 tracers and API alone will set the place ablaze for miles if it’s a dry summer scenario. And then there are the point defense measures… No, not pretty. Best back off if things get that far out of control. And I’m far from unique here, in this place. In fact, you could consider my poor set up to be restrained.

  4. I have worked and lived in “rural” areas for most of my life and have been in emergency services of one sort or another the whole time. In my experience (for what it’s worth) there are two kind of fires in the rural areas: 1 smoke detectors go off, fire put out by homeowner, smoke damage. 2 neighbors see flames and or smoke. If occupied a tragedy if occupants gone we put out the remains of a total loss.
    Please; smoke detectors are cheep (some departments give them away) and good dry chemical fire extinguishers are relatively inexpensive.
    Always have two of each.

    1. I think that same story is played out throughout rural America over and over again.

      1. lol, yeah and my lib sister complained about the building inspector requiring an 89 dollar fire extinguisher when building her house. she asked if she could get 2 each 20 dollar ones and be good. every dollar she had and every item she owned was in that house and she wanted to cheap out on the one thing that could save it. i keep at least a dozen all over the house, several very large, some not commercially available.

        1. I heat with a wood stove most of the time since I like the heat better than my furnace. Having said that I have 5 smoke detectors spread throughout the house. Fire extinguishers are one 5AB near the woodstove, two in the kitchen, and two in the room I use for reloading. Doubt if I will ever use them but they are cheap insurance.

    1. The same standards we’ve lived by, Old NFO, still apply. Neighbors=shipmates.

  5. Not to beat the proverbial dead donkey, but a majority of fires start in the kitchen. Position your extinguisher where you don’t have to reach through or cross the flames to access it. I mounted mine 15 feet away from the oven/cooktop next to the exit. Know how much fire your extinguisher will handle before you need it. If your extinguisher won’t put out your fire, use it to open a window and get out.

  6. Very sobering story. Agree with NFO, you done good, LL!

    We have 10lb ABC units all over the house and garage, along with some smaller ones. I have a CO2 for the electronics shop.

  7. “Who is running the government?” Obama got the band back together after they installed the puppet. Almost his entire admin. is now back in the WH: Jarrett, Rice, Sullivan, Nuland, Blinkin, Klein, Majorkis, etc. This is Obama’s third term and he’s trying to finish what he started before the midterms. It doesn’t bode well for the future. CNN just echoed the NYT’s in admitting the laptop is real, Hunter and Joey are compromised and the Biden family corruption is now exposed. This could be the opening salvo to remove the puppet….he’s served his purpose but is becoming toxic. The wheels keep on turning.

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