Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Easter 2018 +

Notice cuts in the plank.

'Boomer' shot a .22 for the first time and he was dead on! 

Pea Hen eggs

Hen eggs.

Cuong and Ti 2  below

Cuong's Escape
(Don't miss it)

4 extra doors hidden from view.  The big ones weigh about 250 pounds.

Extra  5x8x20 foot house supports.  Evidently they made extra at the time of building.

Bonfire ready!

Fire wood:  Non-usable fence posts and rails

 Two 28 foot ladders = ? :)

Old Saigon: The Neo-Baroque Opulence of the Norodom Palace in Its Heyday


In today’s Saigon, the Independence Palace is best-known as a sleepy tourist attraction, nestled in the middle of a green oasis in District 1.

While the building’s interior in recent years seems surprisingly modest for the title “palace,” not many know that the current structure is completely different than the one built in the late 19th century which was indeed an exercise in ostentatious opulence.

The photos in this collection show the original Independence Palace’s inside furnishings throughout the 1920s, when it was known by the name Norodom Palace – after the then king of Cambodia. From elaborate columns to detailed carpets to elegant chandeliers, the inside of the palace reflected the original architect’s neo-Baroque influence.

More @ Saigoneer

"Well, well, would you believe that? "

Via Daily Timewaster

Horrifying moment man is shot in the head on Facebook Live

Via The Feral Irishman

When will the media accept that Trump is not a criminal target?

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In terminal medical cases, doctors often deal with patients who move through “stages” that begin with denial. These so-called Kübler-Ross stages can be a long road toward acceptance. A weird form of Kübler-Ross seems to have taken hold of the media. Rather than refusing to accept indicators of impending death, many journalists and analysts seem incapable of accepting signs that the Trump presidency could survive.

More @ The Hill

President Trump to Send National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border

 Soldiers from the Florida National Guard patrol for suspected looters after last year's Hurricane Irma


Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced from the White House briefing room on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is deploying National Guard troops to the U.S. southern border immediately in conjunction with the border state governors.

Nielsen told reporters that she was not going to get ahead of governors on the size and duration of the effort, but that “it will be strong. It will be as many [troops] as are needed to fill the gaps today.” She said the action would be similar to Operation Jumpstart under President George W. Bush.

She said they are looking at options to build a wall along the border where they place military installations.

Nielsen said that replacing current border wall counts as new wall.

She said they are seeing more advertising from smugglers and traffickers as well as pitches to “borrow” children to appear as family units that may give them a greater chance at being allowed to stay in the U.S.

DHS has watched for current and emerging threats and despite steps the Trump administration has thus far taken over the past 15 months, they are still seeing drugs and people smuggled across the border, said Nielsen, who marked it as a threat to children and rule of law.

“Border security is national security which is homeland security,” said Nielsen. “The threat is real.”

She pointed out that despite a 40 percent decrease in crossing last year, they have now seen crossing surge to prior levels.

Nielsen said that the operation will be overseen by the president and expressed the administration’s hope that Congress will finally act on loopholes in immigration law. She pointed out that smugglers are using claims of “credible fear” to get their human cargo into — and remain in — the United States. She also pointed out that these traffickers are taking advantage of loopholes that make it harder for the U.S. to remove individuals from Central American countries due to immigration law. The secretary said the issue has been exacerbated by the deeply flawed Flores agreement, a courtroom settlement which contributes to catch and release.

The secretary added that these false claims of “credible fear” are also making it harder to help those with valid claims.

The National Guard’s activities are expected to include countering criminal activity, aerial support, and some infrastructure construction where able, and aerial support. Nielsen confirmed that there may be some wall built by these troops where military installations are placed.

Nielsen added that counterparts in Mexico have been informed about this action and they understand and respect U.S. national sovereignty. She said the Trump administration does do not expect this operation to affect the U.S. relationship with Mexico and that Congress has the ability and opportunity to provide the country with what it needs for border security.

The secretary emphasized that the U.S. welcomes legal immigrants, that the president is committed to securing the border, and that this is not a partisan issue.

"My comment to ATF on Bump Stock ban."

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 How about no......

The Government's War on Cancer hasn't cured anybody.

The Government's War on Drugs hasn't even slowed down drug use.
The Government's War on Fraud, Waste and Abuse hasn't saved me a nickle.

The Government's control of Forestry has only produces epic forest fires.

The Government's control of education has produced an epidemic of ignorance and illiteracy.

The Government's 'Free Shit' campaign has utterly destroyed Black Families, Culture, and Faith

The Government's control of the economy had utterly destroyed the fiscal balance in this country.

The Government causes higher prices for most everything; food shortages; collapsing infrastructure.

The Government's military forces cannot defeat a few miserable goat herders and rock farmers.

The Government's Top Cops lie, cheat and steal . . . and walk. I'm supposed to trust you?

I wouldn't trust the Government to walk my dog on a lead in a 600 acre fenced pasture.

You now have approximately 50,000 gun laws . . . how's that working out for ya, Detroit, Chicago,
Baltimore, Philly, Memphis, Nashville, Sacramento, LA, New Orleans?

The Government's control of itself has proven a dismal failure.

Bump stocks are expensive novelties. They degrade accuracy when they're used to the extent that
maybe it'd be a good thing for ATF to hand 'em out to their clients in all those cities named above.

Make the slugs and thugs shoot even worse than they do now. Kind of a Domestic 'Fast and Furious'.

I don't want one, I won't buy one, I wouldn't use one . . . but that's MY CHOICE, not yours, Alfie! 

Reconsidering William Jennings Bryan


When William Jennings Bryan died in 1925, H.L. Mencken wrote a scathing eulogy stating:
“There was something peculiarly fitting in the fact that [Bryan’s] last days were spent in a one-horse Tennessee village, and that death found him there. The man felt home in such scenes. He liked people who sweated freely, and were not debauched by the refinements of the toilet…He liked getting up early in the morning, to the tune of cocks crowing on the dunghill. He liked the heavy, greasy victuals of the farmhouse kitchen. He liked country lawyers, country pastors, all country people…The Simian gabble of a country town was not gabble to him, but wisdom of an occult and superior sort.”
The truth is that Mencken, the son of German immigrants, could never understand why William Jennings Bryan had such a strong following in the south.

Forget the Confederacy, Now Social Justice Warriors Go After Union Statues

Via Billy

The statue of Union soldier and one of America’s more effective presidents is meeting the fate as Robert E. Lee's did.

Anyone who thought last year’s war on Confederate statues was a passing phase doesn’t know Social Justice Warriors very well at all. They are continuing to push us into an era where if you aren’t feeling aggrieved, offended, or persecuted, you aren’t doing your part for “justice.”

And now, the statue of a former Union Civil War soldier and one of America’s more effective presidents, William McKinley, is meeting the same fate as Robert E. Lee did just months ago:
More @ The Maven

I’ll Take My Stand


A review of I’ll Take My Stand by Twelve Southerners (LSU, 2006).

In this age where the homogenization of our culture is nearly complete, thanks largely to widespread media and rampant industrialism, I’ll Take My Stand remains as fresh and relevant as the day it was published more than seventy years ago. Instead of indulging in reactionary daydreams or nostalgia, as some of the book’s less perceptive critics have claimed, the Twelve Southerners marshalled all their intellectual and literary powers to defend a way of life, rooted in the land and in the customs of small town living, that was very much in evidence prior to the War for Southern Independence and which really provided the anchor for the freedoms and liberties Americans enjoyed up to that time. Their criticisms circa 1930 have proven frighteningly prescient for our own times in which any individuality we might have as separate regions of a great nation have been almost entirely swallowed by mass production, mass culture, and centralized government.

There are some truly astonishing pieces here, all forthright, honest, and so logically argued they are hard to refute. Among them I would cite Ransom’s opening “Reconstructed but Unregenerate”, Owsley’s “The Irrepressible Conflict”, and Lytle’s “The Hind Tit.” Most impressive of all is John Donald Wade’s beautiful “The Life and Death of Cousin Lucius”, really a novel encapsulated into little more than thirty pages, in which the Agrarian ideal is exemplified in the life (and death) of one simple Georgia farmer. Other essays I find less satisfactory if not downright obtuse – Tate’s “Remarks on the Southern Religion” (disappointing and inconclusive by his normally high standards) and Stark Young’s rather coy “Not in Memoriam, But in Defense.” But even the lesser essays leave one much to think about and ponder over and worry about.

You can scoff at the Twelve Southerners and consign them to the intellectual dustbin as daydreaming rednecks and mossbacks, but you do so at your own peril. In any event they should be read before they are condemned. And I predict they will be read a hundred years from now and beyond, so long as there are people concerned about the state of their communities, their liberties, and their own souls.

Here We Come And Here’s What We Want!

Via Billy

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There was a time when immigrants came to this country from other places to make a better life for themselves and they were willing to work hard to do that. And mostly they did it. They found jobs and made a place for themselves and their families and in so doing made themselves part of this country.

My grandfather was one of them. He went to work in a factory at nine years of age. His family didn’t come here and demand favors and freebies. In those days there was none of that foolishness.

Immigrants came here, mostly legally, willing to work and make a better life for their families.

Today all that has changed!


The United States has 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, 39,000 in Japan, 34,805 in Germany, 23,000 in South Korea, and around 5,200 in Iraq. Our military protects the borders of countless nations.

Except our own.

In 1919, we had 18,500 soldiers on the border. “Twice a day every foot of the border line is patrolled by cavalrymen and infantrymen,” the New York Times noted.

A hundred years later, President Trump’s proposal to use the military to secure the border is controversial even though Marines fighting drug cartels have come under fire from drug smugglers.

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A Last Look at The West That Was

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Sputnik 1 was launched in October, 1957. I remember exactly where I was when the news story broke on the radio. My friend and I were being driven to a high school football game by his father, an aeronautical engineer at one of the largest manufacturers of helicopter rotor blades in the world. News of Sputnik was so important that he pulled the car to the side of the road so the three of us could listen to the lengthy newscast without distraction.

The following year in 1958, at the height of the Cold War, an unknown 23 year old American pianist won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Despite the tension between the two countries, the Soviets treated him graciously before he returned home to a hero’s welcome. A fine example of the “promotion of world friendship through the universal language of the arts”, which was a sentiment inscribed prominently at the venue where I met Van Cliburn less than a decade later.

At age 11 I joined the Boy Scouts.

More @ The Saker

Goodies From Ol' Remus


Oleg Volk at Live Journal tells anti-gun fanatics to have a care:
"When Germans came into Poland, Poles made no more sporting shotguns.They made Sten clones. When Russians went into Chechniya, Chechens made no sporting shotguns, either. They made various submachine guns.
Should US anti-gun creatures succeed in driving regular rifles and shotguns out of legal circulation, they will see more submachine guns as well. American anti-gun activists don't understand just how simple open-bolt weapons really are".
Found this on the 'net. If genuine, and it's widely accepted as such, it's evidence students didn't organize the anti-gun rally, much less to memorialize the murdered students of the Parkland school. Further, reputable sources say only ten per cent of the marchers were 18 or under, and the average age of the rest was 49.

Western Journal - Delta Gave Free Airfare to Hundreds of Anti-Gun Activists ... when Delta severed its connection with the NRA, it said that neutrality would be its watchword

Gateway Pundit - Anti-Gun Activist David Hogg Raises Some Eyebrows After Recent Interview
"Hogg initially told the media he was in his AP Environmental Science class when he heard a “pop” sound and immediately recognized it as a gunshot. The 17-year-old student describes being huddled in a hot closet with other students during the shooting; he even filmed himself with a camera cell phone.
In a new CBS documentary about the Parkland students called “39 Days,” which aired on Saturday, Hogg says on the day of the shooting he grabbed his camera and quickly rode his bike 3 miles from his house to the school to get interviews."

Preparedness Advice - Sleeping Dry While Camping in the Rain ... no way is your tent waterproof, even with the rainfly if there’s enough rain

Demerit, Unz Review - When the best-person-for-the-job ethos gives way to racial and gender window-dressing and to the enforcement of politically pleasing perspectives; things start to fall apart. A spanking new bridge collapses, new trains on maiden trips derail, Navy ships keep colliding, police and FBI failure and bad faith become endemic, and the protocols put in place by a government “for the people” protect offending public servants who’ve acted against the people. The U.S. government hasn’t had an entrance test since 1982. Universities run a “dual admissions system”—“one admissions pool for white applicants and another, far less competitive, pool for minorities.”

Hardest Course in the Humanities, Chronicle of Higher Education - It’s modeled on Auden’s 1941 course, with a few changes. When enrollment opened last semester, the unexpected happened. The course filled up within minutes. Harper had already warned his students, "This is the hardest class you will ever take." The syllabus was posted online in advance, so that students knew exactly what they were getting into. To accommodate the unexpected demand, the class was expanded from 22 to 30 students, the maximum number that the assigned classroom could hold. The Auden-based course at Oklahoma is a small but significant instance of how it may be done.

Hardest Course in the Humanities, Chronicle of Higher Education - It’s modeled on Auden’s 1941 course, with a few changes. When enrollment opened last semester, the unexpected happened. The course filled up within minutes. Harper had already warned his students, "This is the hardest class you will ever take." The syllabus was posted online in advance, so that students knew exactly what they were getting into. To accommodate the unexpected demand, the class was expanded from 22 to 30 students, the maximum number that the assigned classroom could hold. The Auden-based course at Oklahoma is a small but significant instance of how it may be done.