Mass shooting you won’t hear about

You won’t hear much about this story in the US Media:

Nine Phoenix police officers were shot and wounded at a home early Friday morning, including four injured by a barrage of gunfire after being lured into a trap while rescuing a baby during a five-hour armed standoff.

Wow, that sounds like exactly the type of story that would get clicks and reads and garner interest, but if you see it in the MSM at all, it will be on the back pages and won’t last long.

Why? Two reasons: The victims here are not an authorized victim group. Cops are the bad guys, remember? They can’t be cast as victims of a brutal sneak attack…especially not when they were risking their lives to save a baby. That makes them look WAY too good.

Secondly, the perpetrators also don’t fit the narrative.

Doesn’t exactly scream “White Supremacist” now does it?


“Beto” O’Rourke and “Candor”

I happened to run across across a story today about Beto O’Rourke.

What drew my attention to it was that he was “backtracking” on his stance regarding gun bans.

I didn’t realize I was going to get a laugh out of it. The article cited one of his supporters as saying:

“I’ve just been so impressed with Beto,” said Gary Gross of Tyler. “I find his candor is amazing. Some people just seem like they’re always telling us the truth and some seem like they’re never telling us the truth.”

Hm…just a few years ago while running for the Democrat nomination for President, Beto said:

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,”

And then doubled down on that statement several times.

Then, at the rally this supporter attended, when challenged about this statement he said:

“I’m not interested in taking anything from anyone. What I want to make sure that we do is defend the Second Amendment,”

I’m pretty sure “candor” is not defined as “say whatever your target audience wants to hear”.

Leftism is a religion more than a political stance. It requires faith even in the face of clear evidence to the contrary. My guess is it would cause too much cognitive dissonance to admit “He’s just a typical politician who tells us what we want to hear at any given time” so they ignore the obvious contradictory positions and have faith that the leftist they support is being honest and forthright…this time.



I’ve traveled a lot in my life. 21 years in the military and subsequently having jobs that required business travel.

I dislike traveling by commercial air. I do it a lot because I have to, but my general rule is if I can drive it in 12 hours or less, I’ll drive rather than fly.

One of the things I do while driving is listen to audio books. That’s how I was introduced to Jack Reacher. I started with Lee Child’s first Jack Reacher novel “Killing Floor” several years ago and have listed to a few others since then.

When Tom Cruise played Reacher in the movies, I was a bit incredulous. Jack Reacher’s size is one of his defining characteristics in the novels so having a diminutive 5’7″ actor trying to play the role strained credulity a bit. I watched both of Cruise’s movies and enjoyed them, but I avoided the cognitive dissonance by considering it a completely different dude, who just happened to have the same name as Lee Child’s character. It helped that the two Cruise movies were not based on any of the books I’ve listened to (so far).

My wife and I recently watched the Reacher series on Amazon Prime.

Highly, highly recommended.

No woke BS. No kindler, gentler wussification of the character. Jack Reacher is an unrepentant, masculine, very large badass. The first season of the series is based on the first book…the first Jack Reacher novel I ever listened to…and follows the storyline very accurately and correctly.

I’d never heard of Alan Ritchson before this so I had no idea what kind of actor he was going in, but he pulled off Jack Reacher beautifully. I’m now a fan.

The series was so good, once we started, we couldn’t stop and ended up binging the whole series over last weekend.

Kudos to Amazon and the production crew for living up to the novels and resisting the current urge to wokify everything under the sun. I can’t wait for the next season.


From the Department of Redundancy Department

Something’s been bothering me lately.  Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older and more curmudgeonly, but it’s really starting to get on my nerves.

I see an article or column that looks interesting to me so I click on it and I see this:

Can someone please explain to me why they have to repeat the same information that was contained in the headline in the subhead and then again in the first sentence of the column?

I kind of get tired of reading the same words over and over and over again.

After the third time reading the same thing, I gave up and never even bothered reading the article. It annoyed me that badly.

I know I get a bit wordy on my blog (from the department of understatement department) but at least I don’t continually just repeat myself.

Another thing that bugs me is when commentators are quoting twits from twitter, they type the entire tweet, and then copy the tweet. In my feed reader, it just appears as if they said the same thing twice. Even if you go to the article and the copied tweet is formatted differently, why do you have to type the quote if you’re going to post it in its entirety anyway?

Maybe they do that if they fear the tweet will disappear? If so, why not just screenshot it for posterity? still no need to quote the whole thing. It bugs me to read the exact same words twice.

Anyway, just thought I’d vent after the Ron Perlman story above grated on my last nerve.



I’ve always told my mother that, although I’d be grateful for anything left to us after she passes, I’m not expecting any inheritance and that she should work very hard to spend every penny that she and Dad saved up on herself and living her own life. She and Dad earned it, we kids didn’t. It’s our job to earn our own way.

What made me think of this was this sentence in a finance story I was reading today:

Fink told CEOs that the $24 trillion of wealth Millennials expect to inherit from their Boomer parents…

Anyone who “expects” to inherit wealth when their parents pass is doing life wrong. My parents earned their own way, I expect to do the same and I hope my kids have the same attitude. I sincerely hope they’re not “expecting” to inherit one red cent from me.

That’s not to say they won’t get anything…timing it perfectly so that the last penny in my retirement accounts is spent just as the last breath leaves my body is a pretty much impossible feat, but I’m not going to overly concern myself with scrimping at this stage of my life so that I have something left to leave them. Whatever’s left after I’m gone is whatever’s left. Like all parents, I sacrificed and scrimped and delayed gratification to provide for them while they were kids. They aren’t kids anymore. If I did my job right, they shouldn’t need me to take care of them after they’re adults.

Any wealth inherited when parents pass should be a bittersweet surprise, not the fulfillment of an expectation.

What I expect of my mother is to enjoy her life and use the wealth that she and my father worked so hard for in fulfillment of that. I hope my kid’s expectations for me are the same.


Another Liberal ventures out of the bubble…

…and discovers that it isn’t the right that’s full of intolerant, hate-filled bigots.

Someone on Twitter cited my migration to Hillsdale as an example of following an ideology to my own peril. I think just the opposite happened; I rejected an ideology and it set me free. When I stopped being scared to say what I really thought and surrounded myself with people who put their principles into practice, I was able to begin really thinking for myself.

To be clear, she’s still a liberal (for the moment) but discovered that, unlike the liberal university she attended before the Chinese Virus hit, at a staunchly right wing university, not only was she not subjected to Kung Flu Mania, but she was able to express her opinions freely, even when she was at odds with the professor and fellow students.

Interestingly, back in the stone age, when I was taking college classes, I experienced the same thing from the other direction. Back then I had no idea of (nor cared about) the political leanings of most of my professors, but I had one militantly feminist English Lit professor with whom I strongly disagreed and wasn’t shy about sharing my opinions; we had many very…um…high energy…discussions in class, but I was never shouted down, called names or even had my grades suffer over it. In fact after giving me the A for the class that I’d earned, she told me that I should become an English teacher.

Oh how times have changed.

At any rate…I was going to reply to the commenter who said:

“But often, religiosity in this country aligns with policies that I could never endorse, including banning or severely limiting access to abortion, opposition to gun control and universal health care, and climate change denial.”

But I didn’t feel like subscribing for the privilege of engaging in conversation so I’ll say it here:

I agree with every position he voiced opposition to above, even though he confuses “health care” with health insurance and caricaturizes the right’s position on global warming*; but where the difference between the right and the left becomes clear is the fact that no one on the right tries to prevent him from expressing those positions. No one accuses him of being morally inferior or calls him names just because he holds beliefs and opinions that we feel are incorrect. Heck, many of us, myself included, dedicated significant portions of our lives in the military, pledging our very lives in the defense of his right to express opinions that we think are incorrect, morally wrong or even evil.

The left is right that there is plenty of hate, and intolerance and institutional bigotry in this country, but it’s not coming from the right – as any leftist who wanders outside their bubble and stumbles into an enclave of right wing thought will discover.

Basing your opinions of “the other side” on a caricature is usually not the most effective means of gaining true understanding about them.

*For any leftist who might stumble across this: There is no significant number (there are always a few nutballs in every demographic) of people on the right who deny that climate change is happening. That would be silly…climate change has been happening since God created the earth. The climate is constantly changing. Most of us even agree that human activity is having an impact on the climate. The only thing that we deny is that “the science is settled” about how much impact humans are having, whether the changes in climate are going to result in disaster, and whether the “solutions” proposed by the left will be effective or are just expensive boondoggles that will do more harm than good. Screaming “DENIER!!!!!111!!!” at us neither negates our arguments, nor convinces us to change our minds.


I’m back

Did you even notice I was gone?

For OPSEC purposes, I generally don’t announce it when I’m going to be out of town for awhile. I’m back now so I can tell you I was on the Left Coast for two weeks for work.

Here’s where I was staying.

Seattle is not a fun place to visit right now. Urban Outdoorsmen just pitch their tents wherever they feel like with no consequences. The Chinese Virus has the population in the grip of panic. Most people wear masks even when outside and it’s mandated inside whether vaxxed or not. Vaccine papers are required in bars and restaurants and the fear in many is palpable.

Inflation is out of control. Gas was about $4.50 a gallon. A pound of hamburger was around $8. A decent steak (at the supermarket, not a restaurant) was over $20. A gallon of milk was about $5. A dozen eggs $4. etc etc etc.

Nuts. It’s hard to believe that there are people who live there willingly.

I’m never going to be one of them.


Cowboys and Indians

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but according to “family lore” I’m 1/16 Blackfoot Indian by blood.

My Uncle is the family historian and has traced our family tree as far as he has been able. He’s actually my Dad’s brother, but in following family lines, he’s even chased down the connections of spouses. While following my Mom’s family lines backward, he discovered the gravestone of my mothers grandmother upon which was inscribed her status as a Blackfoot Indian.

So, assuming my Great Great Grandmother was full blooded, my Great Grandfather would have been half, my Grandmother 1/4, My mother 1/8 and I’m 1/16 (and my kids 1/32…the same ratio that Elizabeth Warren claimed before her claims were debunked by DNA testing).

I’m tempted to get a DNA test to verify this just for curiosity sake. I’m interested in where I come from but I’d never claim “minority” status as an Indian because I’m not. I wasn’t raised in an Indian culture, I don’t look Indian, I wouldn’t even be aware of that potential heritage if it hadn’t been for the research of my Uncle and it’s completely unverified except for that inscription on a gravestone.

I also have a tenuous and unverified family relationship with a signer of the Declaration of Independence (Thomas Stone of Maryland) that I find equally interesting, and equally irrelevant to my daily life.

I have never and will never mark any box other than “non-hispanic white” on any form where racial discrimination is embodied. The color of my skin, racial heritage and DNA define physical characteristics, not who I am. Who I am is a function of the culture in which I was raised and the choices I’ve made throughout my life that have gotten me to where I am. The culture only provides the foundation. The choices are the part that really define me.

If I’m not happy with who I am (and, of course, in some ways I’m not), the blame rests solely upon the shoulders of the person upon whom I gaze in the mirror every morning.

What brought this on is my disbelief at the numbers of people who recently have begun claiming Indian ancestry (a la Elizabeth Warren) either for personal gain (preferential treatment based on minority status…also a la Elizabeth Warren) or for points in the Victimhood Olympics.

America has a huge “Fake Indian” problem. It’s hard to know exactly how many people, often white leftists, falsely claim to be descended from the nation’s early Indian population, but census numbers show either a massive population boom or a sharp growth in fake Indians.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the party who’s platform involves declaring that anyone can “identify” as pretty much anything they want regardless of minor things like facts and reality would sport a growing number of people who would succumb to this, but it doesn’t mean I have to celebrate it.

It’s very sad that so many are either so insecure in who they are, they feel it necessary to concoct a heritage they can feel some pride in, or are so dishonest, they do so for personal gain. But I guess there are so many disappointing things about our current society that this one is pretty minor.


US Trained Doctors

I used to lament the fact that (at least around here) it’s becoming difficult to find a family doctor who went to medical school in the US these days. Lots of Hispanic, Indonesian, Indian and Pakistani doctors, not so many who went to EVMS or Johns Hopkins.

It’s not about immigrants per se…I was OK with, say, a Somali immigrant who went to medical school in the US; this is about immigrants who attained their medical degrees in their home countries before immigrating. And it’s not at all about race, it’s about trusting the quality of education they may have received in Mogadishu or Karachi or Belmopan.

However that’s now completely reversed for me. I mean, how bad can the quality of education in third world countries be as compared to this:

The “dominant medical practice in the United States has been built on the dehumanization and exploitation of Black people,” the document read, and WC4BL exists to rid the medical system of this allegedly pervasive racism. Doing so requires not only “dismantling anti-Black racism, white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, colonialism, and cisheteropatriarchy,” but also “dismantling fatphobia,” embracing “Black queer feminist praxis,” and “unlearning toxic medical knowledge.”

If that’s the focus of modern US Medical training, I’ll take a graduate of the Abrar University College of Medicine and Surgery any day.

The study of medicine used to be considered a science. Now it’s just politics as usual. Science as a discipline no longer exists. “Trust the science” is a catechism and statement of political faith, not an exhortation to follow any established practices of the scientific method.

“It’s such a shame ze had to have most of zer limbs amputated due to diabetes and died of heart failure at 55, but at least ze wasn’t a victim of fatphobia.”
-no real doctor – ever


Virginia Weather

Since I moved to Virginia almost 30 years ago, I’ve heard, time and again, the old saw “Don’t like the weather here? wait a few minutes, it’ll change”; but this is ridiculous.

Yesterday the high was 72 degrees.

Today it’s snowing.