Sink or Swim

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The Indoor Pool at Hearst Castle (California)

I toured there with my family.  It really is THAT neat.

Hearst Castle


Bullet Points:

** (Bloomberg) — Former President Donald Trump is suing journalist Bob Woodward for releasing recordings of interviews that he gave to the journalist in 2019 and 2020, claiming he never agreed to those tapes being shared with the public.

** THIS – is CNN – they’re irrelevant.

** Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) announced Monday he will use the Congressional Review Act against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF’s) pistol/stabilizer brace rule.

** (Breitbart) China has worked diligently to lock up the supply of rare Earth metals to obtain a monopoly. Now Sweden and Turkey announced significant discoveries of rare earth minerals this month. Sweden’s discovery in particular could be a significant step toward breaking Chinese dominance in the rare earth industry. The US is now mining Cobalt in Idaho.

** Illegal Aliens are developing a taste for luxury. Border crossers, who arrived in New York City on buses from Texas, are refusing to leave a luxury Manhattan hotel that city officials had placed them in. Over the weekend, city officials sought to move migrants out of the Watson Hotel in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan and to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal where Mayor Eric Adams has constructed a massive shelter for new arrivals. They are demanding free homes. It’s very woke.

** Speaking to reporters at the White House Friday afternoon, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to rule out tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve yet again as gas prices continue to increase. She also failed to explain when the Biden regime plans to refill the reserve.

** States sue Brandon regime – A number of Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration over a new rule that forces retirement investment managers to favor leftist Environmental, Social, and Governing [ESG] friendly companies over profits or return on investment for retirees. This of course puts the retirement of millions at risk and turns retirement accounts into a social experiment for rabid climate activists.

** From the fake Indian – This week, Liz Warren tweeted, “If Republicans hadn’t spent nearly $2 trillion on the Trump tax cuts, and if they hadn’t made it easier for rich people to cheat on their taxes, the US wouldn’t need a debt ceiling increase this year. Or next year.”

Sometimes we wonder if Liz really ever took an economics class. A “tax cut” is not money “spent”; it’s money we didn’t let the government collect and spend. It was spent by the people and entities who earned it and in so doing created additional national wealth, economic opportunities (such as jobs), and revenues for Americans outside of government.


It’s seen better days


Identify the Military Aircraft




Jules (& her mom),  Checking In from Iceland. 

According to Jules, it’s the most fun that you can have with your clothes on.  She explored ice caves. I think that it was some sort of tour. I expect that they are frozen lava tubes.

And I don’t think that I need to mention that it’s cool and it’s cold. You have to wonder what the locals think of two British birds exploring iced-over lava tubes in January…

35 thoughts on “Sink or Swim

  1. IDK why someone did that to what looks like an Orion. Avionics testbed, or something?

    Second one is an engine / prop testbed on a Lanc. IDK aero-engines well enough to guess at which engine.

    That’s a nice swimming pool. I would look (even more) like a walrus in it, though.


  2. I worked with an older gentleman who worked as a carpenter on the Hearst Castle.
    He told me they had a labor force excavating the pool with picks, shovels, and wheel barrows.
    There was a dirt ramp going down into the excavation.
    When a laborer had filled his wheel barrow he would push it back up the ramp and the laboror foreman would put a check by the laborer’s name.
    At the end of the day the checks were tallied and the labor with the fewest checks was fired.
    There was a line of workers waiting to be called to replace the fired laborer.
    No excuses: flat tire, medical. No excuses. Gone.

    He related that Hearst on one of his inspection tours decided one of the bathroom walls needed to be moved twelve inches.
    The wall was one-foot thick steel re-enforced concrete.

    1. I spoke with a small boat longliner years ago. He fished in the Bristol Bay area, for cod IIRC, in the 1930’s. There was a schooner, and the dories were launched in the morning and fished all day. Then the schooner would drift down on them and pick them up at dusk- and if the wind changed or it got foggy a guy might never make it back to the boat.
      Long story to get to this- same thing, every week, the low guy got fired, and a new guy would get his dory. So they fished hard, in every kind of bad weather.

      1. I worked at a front end shop in Minnesota, one day a welder in a work truck came in and he really needed to get his front end rebuilt. They were building a pipeline and he HAD to be there in the morning, every morning or he’d lose the job, he wanted to get the work done on Saturday because he couldn’t be late to work.
        Seemed like a tough way to earn a living but maybe I’d just been lucky mt whole life…

    2. Similar story as heard from older relatives. During the Depression, despite prohibition, Coors in Golden, CO built a huge brewery building. All the concrete was carried by wheelbarrows up ramps. At the top, after the concrete was dumped, the worker was paid in coin, 5-10 cents depending on the height. In my youth no relatives would buy Coors beer. As far as I know, no family member has ever taken the Coors tour.

      1. At the risk of offending Coors drinkers, I always thought of their product as “panther piss”, meaning, not desirable. Not even as a back to Cuervo 1800.

          1. You need to drink a whole case to get a buzz going, unlike one can of domestic Fosters.

    3. There were some IT companies who did that “fire the person in last place” routine. It seemed like a good way to get the best of the newbies who were good…but also quite full of themselves. It wasn’t such a good way to get the experienced, stellar performers who had been around the block a time or two. Unless they were approaching independent wealth status and wanted to have a little fun first?

      1. (choking on my granola bar) – that would only apply to white males. You can’t fire the aggrieved because there is no “last place”. Everyone gets a participation trophy, Frank.

  3. Aircraft 1: Convair NC-131H Total In-Flight Simulator (TIFS)

    Aircraft 2: Avro 694 Lincoln B.2 with the Tyne mounted in the nose.

  4. “Mayor Eric Adams has constructed a massive shelter for” another year’s worth of grifing. Really, just how much money get siphoned off into the politically connected’s pockets? How many government jobs in NY (state and city) exist just to support the ‘new arrivals’ – and all the prior ones? Plenty of NGOs getting how much taxpayer funding exist for the same reason? It’s an entire industry that exists to aid human trafficking.

    The Congressional Review Act needs to be repealed and replaced with an act that requires congressional approval for all the regulations these agencies dream up to keep themselves employed.

  5. 1. tapping the strategic petroleum reserve:
    we are being led into an almost unwinnable conflict by the folks controlling the demented puppet in Washington who are deliberately diminishing our supply of materiel and the materials required to produce same as well as our means of production – or am I the only one with weird eye/foresight?
    2. rare Earth metals:
    and the MSM were laughing at The Donald when he wanted to enter negociations with Denmark to purchase Iceland – must’ve been one helluva meteor.

    1. 1. I think you have a lot of company, but none of them call the shots among the permanent administrative state

      2. The love Pedo Joe & Ho, and anything that The Donald wanted was evil…

  6. A “tax cut” to a politician is taking money out of their pocket!

    It gripes me when I hear of a long time “professional politician” complaining about the taxes that some rich person did not have to pay, the “professional politician” wrote the damn laws just to give those folks that break! They did it!

  7. The best politicians realize the money comes from taxes, and spend it wisely on things that can’t get them into trouble. The worst politicians don’t care if the money comes from taxpayers, spend it on anything that might yield a profit, and pay off those that can get them into trouble. Taxpayers never really win, until politicians are stacked like cordwood, and the process of governing starts again with a grand plan of liberty.

    It sure looks like following the Ten Commandments would yield a society that doesn’t need more laws than a dog has fleas.

  8. little off subject, but i just read that the classified docs of brandon’s amounts to a tractor trailer load, plus digital media. seems it had been archived at u of de, by unauthorized college employees. people should be shot.

    1. The Chinese students really needed access though. I’m sure that they paid the appropriate “fees”.

      1. From a longs ways off so they cantaloupe hear it coming. (Seems to be the theme here this week.)

  9. CCP has large investments in rare earths all over the planet, including the US. Some is immediately put out of production to keep their monopoly intact. Many times the ownership/control is hidden behind other companies. In a very small town I lived in CCP money came in to “invest and save” a rare earth mine. That week 2 Chinese family’s moved into town. The mine closed, one week later they both moved out.

  10. Late as usual, and Rel beat me to it. I’m sure Jules et al are having fun in Iceland. And eating a LOT of Ysa… After all, they have over 300 ways to fix it…

  11. The Hearst castle is a most delightful place. That guy sure knew how to spend money…

    Refill the SPR? Only if Slo Joe get his vig..

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