Saturday, April 4, 2020

How to Cook Raccoon: A Forgotten Delicacy

Via Roy Goldammer

 How to Cook Raccoon: A Forgotten Delicacy

As a young boy, I would sit in motionless suspense as my grandpa Varney replayed the memories of his youth through storytelling. My mind could see the cascading streams and rugged mountains that he painted of his Appalachian home in West Virginia. He could make you feel the emotions of the moment, too. Like the anxiousness of sitting still in bed while a rat snake slithered through the drafty rafters of his old house. Or the disgust of finding an opossum crawling around inside a dead horse. I can still hear him snicker, “I never ate another opossum after that.”

Thinking back to those stories from so many years ago, I laugh at what is considered normal table fare today. For my grandfather and his rural neighbors during the Great Depression, it took a first-person disturbing event to remove opossum from the menu. I clearly remember my grandpa recounting eating chipmunks and raccoons, too. He’d always preface raccoon with, “It’s greasy, but good.” They literally lived off the land around them and nothing went to waste.

Unreconstructed. Unrepentant. Unvanquished.

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Peter Navarro Responds To 3M: Quit Complaining and Make Masks.


Fighting a Pandemic

Via Dinh Le

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 & Sew and No Sew Instructions

Via Cousin John

Applying a face mask - step 1

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should—
  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings


CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

More @ CDC

NEW Mega Battle Flag Raised in Franklin County - Va Flaggers Vow To Continue Push Back Against the Left's Onslaught

Earlier today, the Va Flaggers raised a 10’x15’ Memorial Battle flag on a 50’ pole on property adjacent to Route 40 in Franklin County. 
At the request of the landowner, the flag was dedicated to the Glory of God, in memory and honor of all Confederate soldiers, and specifically to honor the men who fought in the 10th Va Cavalry, Co K along side his ancestor, who is buried nearby.

North Carolina’s First Legendary Klan

 My great great grandfather, The Father Of The NC Bar, words below.
"Holden's impeachment is demanded by a sense of public virtue and due regard to the honor of the state. He is an exceedingly corrupt man and ought to be placed before the people as a public example of a tyrant condemned and punished."
William Woods Holden might be said to have been the governor of postwar “Vichy” North Carolina, installed by President Andrew Johnson in 1865. Most contemporaries of Holden characterized him as “a bitter, unscrupulous and arrogant demagogue who frequently changed his political stripes to advance his own ambition.”

Trump Drains The Swamp, Keeps His Promise with Judge Justin Walker

Via Billy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Justin Reed Walker on Wednesday July 31, 2019.

President Trump continues his record-breaking transformation of the federal judiciary with the selection of Judge Justin Walker -- a young, brilliant conservative legal mind and everyday American -- for the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Walker, a new federal trial judge in Louisville, Kentucky, is a first-generation college graduate, an outside-the-beltway legal powerhouse, and a committed constitutionalist who understands a judge’s modest, but critical, role is to interpret the law as written -- not how that judge wishes it were written if he were a senator. Very few Trump could pick for this sought-after seat would better demonstrate the president’s commitment to draining the swamp.

More @ Townhall

Mark Meadows moves to Trump’s White House. Will his new job help NC?


Mark Meadows started his political career as the chairman of the Macon County Republican Party in far western North Carolina.

He’ll take the next step in the White House as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, helping the president navigate a global pandemic that threatens to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans, derail the nation’s economy and become the central issues in the president’s re-election bid.

Meadows resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday evening in a short letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He will officially start as chief of staff Tuesday morning, according to an aide, though Meadows has been transitioning to the role in the three weeks since Trump tapped him. He participated in negotiations over the latest coronavirus aid package with administration officials and members of Congress.

 It’s been a rapid rise for the 60-year-old Meadows, whose small band of House conservatives proved a thorn in the side of Republican leadership and who, with the election of Trump, pivoted to become one of the new president’s staunchest defenders.

More @ Yahoo

Here's How Walmart's Wuhan Coronavirus Policy Change Will Impact You

Via Billy

Here's How Walmart's Wuhan Coronavirus Policy Change Will Impact You

Retail giant Walmart on Friday announced changes to its retail stores across the country. The changes are geared to protect staff and customers from the Wuhan coronavirus.

"While many of our customers have been following the advice of the medical community regarding social distancing and safety, we have been concerned to still see some behaviors in our stores that put undue risk on our people," Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said in a post on the company's website. "We want to encourage customers to bring the fewest number of people per family necessary to shop, allow for space with other customers while shopping, and practice social distancing while waiting in lines. We’re also seeing states and municipalities set varying policies regarding crowd control – which has created some confusion regarding shopping."

More @ Townhall

Pols Face a Coronavirus Test

 Pols Face a Coronavirus Test - WSJ

“Crises have a way of separating the leaderlike wheat from the opportunistic chaff,” Kimberly Strassel writes. “Example: The Trump administration spent this week distributing ventilators, standing up small-business loans, dispatching hospital ships, erecting alternate care facilities . . . 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent this week setting up a new House committee to investigate Donald Trump.”

 More @ WSJ

All Roads Lead to Dark Winter

Via Richard

The leaders of two controversial pandemic simulations that took place just months before the Coronavirus crisis – Event 201 and Crimson Contagion – share a common history, the 2001 biowarfare simulation Dark Winter. Dark Winter not only predicted the 2001 anthrax attacks, but some of its participants had clear foreknowledge of those attacks.
During the presidency of George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s, something disturbing unfolded at the U.S.’ top biological warfare research facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Specimens of highly contagious and deadly pathogens – anthrax and ebola among them – had disappeared from the lab, at a time when lab workers and rival scientists had been accused of targeted sexual and ethnic harassment and several disgruntled researchers had left as a result. 

In addition to missing samples of anthrax, ebola, hanta virus and a variant of AIDS, two of the missing specimens had been labeled “unknown” – “an Army euphemism for classified research whose subject was secret,” according to reports. The vast majority of the specimens lost were never found and an Army spokesperson would later claim that it was “likely some were simply thrown out with the trash.”