Dark City Sermonette

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Caption: My sojourn in New York last May, considered.

Early May weather was perfect for my tastes in temperature and humidity. I like the drizzle when it’s not quite cold, but you feel like wearing a windbreaker. The Big Apple is long gone. Covid killed what was left of the place, leaving a dystopian human garden of cognitive dissonance.




What exactly happened on the Third Day of Creation?

Define “Sacred Ground.”



Bullet Points:

** In New York City, all gods are placed in order before Him…and have been for some time.

** What is the difference between Yahweh and Adonai?

Hebrew script is an abjad, so the name’s letters are typically consonants, usually expanded as Yahweh in English. Modern Rabbinical Jewish culture judges it forbidden to pronounce this name. In prayers, it is replaced by the word אֲדֹנָי (Adonai, Hebrew pronunciation: [adoˈnaj], lit.

** Everyone’s favorite, the classic conservative Christian gatekeeping joke: Once, I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!” Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.”

** If you’re a giver, you must set limits because takers don’t have any.

** Democrats are economics experts. If you have any doubts, ask them. What’s $517 billion? Chickenfeed…

The FDIC’s Quarterly Banking Profile report paints a grim picture of the current state of our nation’s financial institutions. Banks are now burdened with over half a trillion dollars in paper losses on their balance sheets.

Although banks can hold securities until they mature without marking them to market on their balance sheets, these unrealized losses can become an extreme liability when banks need liquidity, per the Daily Hodl.

** The First Son – (Mail) Her social media name is weed_slut_420, and some might say it’s an appropriate handle for someone who was closely associated with America’s best-known crack cocaine addict.

Hunter Biden’s ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan is a 30-year-old New Yorker whose other claim to fame is a range of lingerie, erotic dancewear, and weed-smoking paraphernalia under her similarly-named brand.

The entrepreneur and founder of Weedslut was described as a ‘quintessential businesswoman’ in a 2021 magazine piece in which she revealed she is a former ‘online cam-girl’ and ‘sex worker,’ discusses her ‘ideal lover’ and poses topless in her creations.

Kestan, who is giving evidence in Hunter Biden’s criminal trial, also testified for five hours in 2022 at a federal courthouse in Delaware during the grand jury hearing over the first son’s alleged tax crimes.

Hunter’s ex, Allie Kennedy, says she introduced Kestan to the First Son, but the two women fell out because Kennedy believed Kestan was using him, hoping he would become her ‘sugar daddy.’ Zoe Kestan, one of Hunter Biden’s ex-girlfriends, is expected to testify at his gun trial. She allegedly told prosecutors he smoked crack ‘every 20 minutes.’ (more)

** From the Mail Bag – Q – “Is it appropriate for you to post photos of President Biden relieving himself in his clothing on your blog?” A – Politicians on the trail have long used adult diapers for situations when they can’t rush off to the local porta-potty to drop a biden or urinate. In the case of the guy running for re-election who is suffering from dementia and seems to squat every time he appears in public, it is pointing out in a very graphic way that he is unfit for the presidency or any other office requiring honor, trust, profit, or cognition. He has (theoretical) control of nuclear launch codes.

** Breitbart reported, “The United Methodist Church lost more than a million members in one fell swoop last week, with a large West African conference voting to leave the organization due to its acceptance of LGBT clergy and marriages.” Methodists are catching up with Baptists on the number of different denominations they have.

** Learning to speak Southern (a lesson from a recovering Californian) – more here. (the Sermonette continues)

** Elsa on Kamala’s next job. The Veep will be too old to work the stroll Sunset Blvd. – she’ll need to do something. And another note from your border czar.


Lonely Hearts Caution


In Texas — Of Course

Do they need it in Prosper? This Dallas suburb has a population of 37,000. But they want it, and maybe that’s enough! Did the taxpayers get their money’s worth? You be the judge.


On the Border


Identify the Aircraft






Parting Shot


50 thoughts on “Dark City Sermonette

    1. Frank, I haven’t seen the video clip, but I’d think that the effectiveness of a punt gun (large shotgun placed on a boat or punt – historically) on most modern police armored vehicles or MRAPs would be negligible. The variable would be range, ammunition used (soft lead shot used against waterfowl?), and propellant charge. You could technically fire a shaped charge or a Raufoss Mk-211, and you’re in a different category. Would a two-ounce lead shot charge impact armor (at what slope?) cause spalling? Somehow I doubt it, but if it was point blank, maybe? What are your thoughts?
      There are many good armor-piercing rounds out there that would do a lot more damage in terms of penetration into an engine compartment or crew compartment. These rounds would typically be fired from a .50 BMG and would handle the threat posed by an MRAP. .30 AP works, but the range can be problematic depending on armor thickness and slope.

      1. Ok, I found the video. The armored car that he’s shooting against features thin “armor.” How would it fare against something like Dyneema or the more modern composite armor that’s found in armored cars these days? You’d need to experiment. The sort of armor in the target car could be penetrated by .30 ball (7.62×39 or 7.62×56) at the ranges he’s operating at. It’s more of a redneck video. https://www.youtube.com/shorts/C7O3nHd3fp8
        It would be more credible if the creator was shooting at a known thickness of steel plate or composite armored material more scientifically. That said, a cannon (which is what the punt gun in use is) firing a solid steel 3-4″ ball at moderate velocities can do a lot of damage to armor, masonry, etc.

        1. Yep – an old armored vehicle from back in the innocent days. The punt gun, on the other hand, is REALLY old tech. Wonder if he’s going to try new tech ammo to lob out of that thing 🙂

        2. In the world of armored vehicles, a lot of police departments are using modified bank armored cars, which are only armored up to handguns and mid-powered rifles like the AK47, and only in the passenger area and not the engine area. So…

          And with a punt gun or other black powder cannon, choice of shot is a key factor. Solid shot, like a giant slug or round shot, work fine against lightly armored vehicles (I’ve seen a video of a 12 lb Napoleon blasting through an M113. Shows the power of a 12lb Napoleon and the weakness of the M113 armor…)

          Go a tad esoteric and there are people who are making their own APFSDS rounds for their black powder guns. And why not? Since that was done back in the Middle Ages when cannon were first created, and later in Rev War times, and in Civ War times and… well, it’s not a new concept at all.

          Big thing with a punt gun is making sure you don’t over-pressurize the damned thing and blow yourself up.

          Though you can make a nice punt gun out of high pressure thick walled tubing. Maybe sweat an additional section over the rear breach just to help hold the pressure down, kind of like an Armstrong rifle from… the Civil War era….

          There’s a long-haired weirdo on Yousetubs called “The Cannoneer” who owns a light black powder cannon and shows lots of home made rounds fired out of it into and through car hoods. Like, a rocket-powered round (Estes rocket engines, it worked) or 3D printed APFSDS rounds and such. He doesn’t have a mound backstop so it’s kind of cringeworthy, especially firing flaming projectiles into the woods… but it’s somewhat entertaining.

          1. “The Cannoneer” – We’re all 8th-Grade boys inside…which explains a lot to our woman-folk.

  1. Seeing the F 86 with ROC “Mig Buster’s” paint scheme reminded me of meeting a former ROC AF officer introduced as “Major Dragon” while on a trip to ROC. Never heard the Major’s family name or how he came about that tag. Based on some stories I’ve read that were based on the ROC AF, guessing he was so named in the 1950’s/60’s.

        1. I stand corrected, you two are correct. Looks very similar to a Republic F-84F with exception of canopy length.

  2. 1. “Modern Rabbinical Jewish culture judges it forbidden to pronounce this name. In prayers, it is replaced by the word אֲדֹנָי (Adonai, Hebrew pronunciation: [adoˈnaj], lit.”
    I think this link might explain a bit more clearly what the more religious Jew might say when discussing/praying to G-d:
    In other words, the religious Jew, when practicing/learning prayers would/used to use the the word Adoshem in lieu of what’s written, “Adonai”.
    When discussing G-d (in general), he would employ “Hashem”, “The Name”.
    This was my understanding/observance from an orthodox Jewish childhood; this may have changed a bit over the past 75/85 years or my memory may be …
    2. in re “My sojourn in New York…”
    New York is several things, always has been:
    There’s New York County, aka as the borough(burro?) of Manhattan.
    Then there’s New York City, aka New York Sh*tty, comprising the five boroughs.
    And finally there’s New York State, which north and west of Westchester County, used to be quite conservative, save for Ithaca and such college communities.
    I, for some odd reason, very clearly remember my first trip (I can’t use sojourn because I didn’t stay over; it was just for three± hours) in 1944, I was three years old at the time.
    My mom had heard of a sale at S. Klein on the (Union) Square; a hyperactive three-year-old in large dept store full of clothing-starved women during a dress sale in the middle of the war=a recipe for disaster (understatement).

    1. Sounds a bit like Chicago, Cook County, and the five “Collar Counties” surrounding Cook County.
      Or as we used to say, “Crook County”.

  3. Prosper, Tx. Somebody is sure prospering. With only 37,000 residents why do they need a police department at all? After this level of ‘essential’ spending how long will it last?

    1. They must have a solid tax base. There may have also been a federal grant involved. You never know without a deeper dive.

      1. The County Search and Rescue Team has a Go Anywhere vehicle that vaguely resembles the type shown, but I don’t remember it being “armored”.

        1. I can’t imagine a Search and Rescue vehicle being armored. Armor (no matter what you do) will tend to make the vehicle top heavy and more likely to roll if significantly off-camber.

          1. It looked extremely well built, with excellent workmanship. Very nice machine. And the weight of armor would definitely be a hindrance to off-road travel. I’d think the Larimer County Sheriff might have and armored one, but IDK.

  4. Cartoonist Larry Gonick (whose early work I very much liked when I was young [1]) points out that, because you only get the consonants, the actual name might be “Yahoo-Wahoo” which could be the reason you’re not allowed to say it. Dignity. Always dignity.
    [1] Gonick’s later stuff struck me as soon overly leftward slanted, even considering his personal history (by which I mean a long term San Francisco dweller). I ought to revisit his stuff from my current perspective.

    Why should you NOT publish photos or videos unflattering to Biden? First, those images are already out there. Second and more importantly, he’s a public figure; and third and most important, his competence is vitally important, and because he sought his position, he has no expectation of privacy in matters that would clearly impact his ability to do his job. It’s none of my business if the accountant living four doors down the block has advanced Parkinson disease. But it’s sure as hell my business if the cardiac surgeon who’s going to be doing my bypass has Parkinson’s. How is this even controversial?

    A “dignity of the office” argument? THEY are the ones who made a mockery of the office. Being polite and respectful and “the better man” when the other side is clearly being vicious and personal (a la Alinsky’s guideline) is half the reason we’re in the mess we’re in. I don’t believe in starting shit, or mocking the innocent. Those are Bad things to do. But forbearance is no virtue when it leads to rapefugees, and perverts given access to pre-schoolers, and vulture capitalists devouring not only the new crop but also the seed corn, and the very implements needed to raise the next crop, and all the other ills of The Modern Society.

  5. Prosper Police Department
    I’ve long been concerned by police departments moving from “Peacekeepers” to “Warriors”. You can bet they will find a reason to use that beast.
    Do any of these agencies consider the weight of these beasts? Many bridges and streets have weight limits. Rhetorical question. Will those limits be observed when their is a call out?

    1. Those guys are way to geeked about having that.
      I would hope for a more somber attitude towards a device to be turned on the population.
      Guaranteed federal money involved.
      Oh. Here:
      The post invited locals to come out for coffee and check out the “cool car.” But some residents weren’t happy with the purchase of the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, asking if the purchase was necessary and calling it an “amazing waste of taxpayer funds.”
      Still, Prosper police clearly noticed the criticism because it was acknowledged with a pinned comment explaining that the $689,000 MRAP vehicle didn’t cost the town any money because it was “obtained through the Federal 1033 program.”

        1. Drive it to the Waffle House for breakfast and take up two parking spaces with it. That’s likely the only time the rig will be used.

        2. There’s a lot of that going around, new property owner neighbors using “Federal Dept. of Ag (whatever the hay they are anymore) “grants” to have another government agency come in to “clear their land for fire mitigation” (it’s not, f/m is a cover…but that’s another story). These people believe it to be “free money”. You explain otherwise and they look at you like you have two heads.

          Nashville Shooter – Audrey Hale used her “Federal Education Grant” monies to purchase the weapons she used to shoot up her school. Parents were clueless (yeah, nothing to see there. snark). Another reason the Fibber Magoo’s seized her “manifesto” and held it for so long.

  6. Very stark opening graphic. Reminds me of “Heavy Metal” and/or “Sin City”. Kind of ‘film noir’, except for the vivid colors.
    Ya Seen One Crowded, Polluted, Stinking Town and You’ve Seen Them All

          1. Chinese, sliced into 4 parts, toasted, buttered, and eaten just like Uncle Bosey. See tomorrows blog.

          2. I was thinking more along the lines of one of those fancy-dan air fryer thingy’s…would have to double-coupon VM points though.

            Dropped MrsPaulM off at the airport this morning, decided to enter The Hoard and make a Costco run on the I-25 Chariot Race back home to the hinterlands. Figured I’s wheel-thru, grab anything that looked close to what was on the list, find the better checkout line with people who think like me (get it out of the cart, card ready, payment plugged into the machine..this ain’t a Sunday social folks). Just so happens that right next to the booze aisle is the small appliance aisle….not one but two air fryers…tempted but couldn’t determine which one was best, plus didn’t have enough VM Points to make the purchase (that, and I hate junk on the counter). However, the $5 rotisserie chicken was excellent.

          3. PS. Four-Slice toasters are a waste of solar/wind power, especially if it’s only you in the AM. Seriously, who needs four pieces of toast…therefore no one should have four pieces of toast.

  7. Prosper Police- Sumptin tells me those boys suffer from…uhh…short-man syndrome. Probably drive jacked up 4wd pick-em-up trucks. Can it get any more asinine when local Police departments operate like they just entered Bagwanabestan?
    Trump children, measured, business like, put together, intelligent, and the gals, gracious. By all accounts of good character and morals. Biden children- White trash with money. — Enough said. Curious as to why a Federal hearing/trial on a falsified gun form has anything to do with Hunters side “business”. Salacious garbage in order to spackle over his massive failings. And here we thought Stormy’s testimony was bad, Hunters “pals”; “Hold our beers!” Unreal how the elite by proxy are so badly screwed up they wouldn’t know right from wrong if the Prosper Police drove over them in their new toy while blasting the Ten Commandments from the dashboard Alpine stereo system…with subwoofer.

  8. Very stark opening graphic. Reminds me of “Heavy Metal” and/or “Sin City”. Kind of ‘film noir’, except for the vivid colors.
    Ya’ Seen One Crowded, Polluted, Stinking Town and Ya’ Seen ‘Em All

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