A Sign of the Times


The Dangerous Rise of Populism

(zero hedge) Former Senator John (Swiftboat) Kerry made it clear that this “great reset,” which is merely a re-branding of the same new world order that has faced stiff resistance for the past two decades, is necessary to extinguish populism.

The love between Europe and Barack will re-kindle. I just know that it will.


Before the Plague

You can understand why the global elite were panicked with President Trump in office. Think about what would happen had the trend continued and America just kept getting stronger and winning-winning-winning. What if everyone in the world started thinking like Trump?

You can understand why they’d want Obama back. And let’s get some wars started, OK? Any pretext will work if it’s about nation building – because we’re so good at it.


Even the Romans had trouble with nation building in Germania (see below). In Britain they built Hadrian’s Wall, and Antonine’s Wall. Walls worked so long as there were legions on the other side of them. But when they withdrew the legions, the barbarians just walked across. I think that there is a lesson in that for those who have eyes to see.


Varus, where are my Legions?

Of course, when Octavian asked the question, Quintili Vare, legiones redde!  Varus’ bones were bleaching in the forest following his suicide. Three legions, wiped out almost to a man.

Roman General Varus trusted this barbarian guide who lead them to their doom. The German hoard ambushed them in the Teutoburg Forest. Romans were not at their best fighting a guerrilla war, ambushed as they were stretched out on a march through the forests.

Their style of fighting favored a set piece battle where their organization and tactics would take the day. Of course Arminius (the “barbarian” guide), was a Roman auxiliary officer of equestrian rank who had been trained by Rome. He knew all that.


If you Travel for the Holidays…

It’s useful to learn to speak TSA lingo. While it’s crucial that you wear a mask, they’re cool with grabbing your junk. Sure, that hard barrel could be a weapon. Yes, hot, TSA groping female officer, it’s loaded, and no, I’m not trying to smuggle an anaconda onto the airplane.

Alfalfa: TSA malespeak for an attractive female passenger.

Bin Loader: What a TSA employee is for the first month of his or her employment.

Code Red: Officer malespeak. Denotes an attractive female passenger wearing red.

Fanny Pack, Lane 2: Code for an attractive female passenger.

Opt out: A smart passenger.

Retaliatory wait time: What happens when a TSA officer doesn’t like your attitude. There are all sorts of ways a TSA officer can subtly make you wait longer to get through security, citing imaginary alarms, going “above the SOP” for “a more thorough screening,” pretending that something in your bag or on your full body image needs to be resolved—the punitive possibilities are endless, and there are many tricks in the screener’s bag.

Run the Cat Through the X-Ray (idiomatic): Denotes a passenger, usually someone from out of country, who is so unfamiliar and lost in U.S. airport security that they are likely to make significant errors, such as running their cats through the x-ray tunnel. Ex: “We need an officer to go out and help that flustered gentleman out front before he runs the cat through the x-ray.”

Suitcase Surgeon: Informal term for a TSA employee, derived from the blue gloves they wear. Used ironically, because it’s not like what the TSA ever does requires anything remotely approaching the mental capacity of a surgical procedure anyway, even though you may feel as though you’ve undergone a surgical procedure after they’re done with you.


  1. I have nothing civil to say.
    I did once get a pass from a TSA employee when he opened my pistol case in checked luggage and we discovered that there was still one in the chamber. But it was tense.
    He had asked me to remove the magazine and I did, racking it before handing it back.
    Both our pairs of eyes followed the bullet as it arced up and down to the floor.
    Pretty tense.

  2. I’m with Ed…have nothing good to say about these scumbag elites who have wrested power from the people for themselves, the Constitution be damned. Never enough for them, just “more” at every turn. They hate “Us”.

    As for DJT…IF what I suspect will happen even with the fraud being in the wide-open, I say: “It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it.” And he did, in spades. The man deserves to spend the rest of his life doing whatever the hell he wants.

    Having Thanksgiving with family at an agreed upon location with a lot of open country between here and there, and most of that state thinks like I do.

    • BTW, I’m considering many things these days as I watch the Covid testing lines in Illinois be a mile long (who would do that?), realizing half the people in the USA like this crap. The other aspect of the piling-on is what to do if the Cheater’s get into office, dragging all their loser compatriots in with them? (John Kerry, seriously) Thankfully I have options.

      I say to DJT: “You did exceptionally well sir, take the rest of your life off and flip the haters the bird while boarding your private jet for a much earned vacation at your private spot.”

      • I’m concerned in much the same way that you are.

        DJT was able to stop the tide for four years and I am thankful for that.

        I don’t understand the testing frenzy for plague. I don’t understand people’s love for Joe and Ho. I’m thankful that I’m old and not starting out.

  3. I like the way the TSA stopped all those terrorists.

    It seems we’re confronted with fraud, deceit, croneyism and corruption at every turn. At some point, surely, it’ll collapse under its own wicked weight.

    • Destroying joy was an obvious goal, way back with car seats and “adult content warning stickers” on Classic Sesame Street DVDs.


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