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Southwest Airlines is apologizing for canceling 24% of their flights on Saturday and 39% of their flights on Sunday.

Passengers who had to wait in line for hours to find out the status of their flights said it was just as bad as having to wait to board a Southwest Airlines flight.


My wife and I went out for a leisurely drive to see the autumn leaves, when we noticed that one of the tires seemed to be getting low.

She was a bit taken aback when I asked her for some change and asked, "When in the world did they start charging for air!?!"

I looked at her and winked, "Inflation."


SEATTLE - A local property management company announced they will begin offering fully furnished punk houses which will include a guy who eats all the food and crashes on the couch all the time without ever chipping for rent.

“When we furnish a punk house, we go all out. We aim for authenticity. We have burnt butter knives on the stove, beer cans on the coffee table and of course some dude named Resin who has money for records and tattoos but never money for his tiny portion of the rent ,” said property supervisor Sly Stanley. “This guy has everything a punk house needs; he eats your food, is loud at all hours of the night, and his girlfriend will be in the only bathroom for an hour in the morning even though she clearly has no job. Just another precision detail from us at Allin Homes.”

Tenant Steve “Steveo” Maltin has been thrilled with his rental.

“It’s great to be able to have a genuine punk experience without having to spend a bunch of years creating social capital. And having Resin here has been great. He doesn’t say a lot, or really do anything around the house, but he is literally always home. So I really don’t even need to lock the door,” said Maltin. “I mean, sometimes it’s a little interesting having him around. Like this time I lost this cool Discharge shirt, only to eventually notice Resin wearing it. Which was weird because he had helped me look for it for like an hour.”

Allin Properties development director, Mike Henry, has been encouraged by early numbers.

“Since we’ve had such an excellent response to this project, we’ve gone ahead and added multiple units across every town. All with their own specialty touches, but everyone gets a Resin. Fortunately, there seems to be an endless supply of dudes who want to sit around and be total shitbags,” said Henry. “Next year we’re expanding the entire punk line. We plan on renting out half running Ford Ecolines to bands and providing opportunities for women to hold their boyfriend’s jacket while they’re in the pit. Finally, the true punk experience will be accessible to all.”

Resin was unavailable for comment as his phone was turned off and he is currently using his roommates.


Long ago, he sailed the sea.

To seek new lands, with his ships three.

Columbus did this, not knowing he.

Would one day be considered non-PC.


I’m always Frank with my partners.

I don’t want them to know my real name.

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“If socialists understood economics, they wouldn't be socialists.” - Hayek

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School Boards and Idiots by Clarice Feldman

Mark Twain famously said, “In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” If you ever doubted the wisdom of this observation, the conduct of the Loudoun County School Board, the National School Boards Association, and Attorney General Merrick Garland should put paid to your skepticism. A more patent a collection of idiots it would be hard to find.

The heroes in this story are Scott Smith, father of a young girl who had been sexually assaulted in a Loudoun County school bathroom by a “gender fluid” boy wearing a skirt, with an assist from the America First Legal Foundation (AFL), and the thousands of concerned parents of public school children around the country.

Attorney General Garland Sics the FBI on Parents

We were puzzled by Garland’s preposterous memorandum ordering the FBI to investigate angry parents showing up at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists,” but AFL, in a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, makes a credible series of factual assertions about the genesis of this outrageous order. The AFL correctly reminds that the “Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized ”parents’ right to control and direct the education of their own children.” They note the large, ongoing protests by parents against Critical Race Theory indoctrination, “anti-religious and anti-family gender ideology,” and forced masking and online education mandates.

The genesis of the Garland memorandum in AFL’s telling was an effort of Biden-supporting outfits, including the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, to intimidate dissenting parents. Senior administration officials met with such groups expressing concern “regarding the potential partisan political impact of parent mobilization and organization around school issues in the upcoming midterm elections” and on the “express direction” or “consent” of such officials decided to use an outside organization as a pretext for clamping down on parents’ constitutional rights and privileges.

Inside the Department of Justice, staff raised concerns about legal and constitutional authority to interfere with parent protests. The outside group chosen to provide a colorable nexus for interfering with those rights was the National School Boards Association, which wrote to Garland citing the Patriot Act and demanding federal aid. Within days, on October 4, Garland made public his memorandum. One day later, on October 5, administration public and career officials briefed those involved, apparently “to evade public scrutiny of these Biden administration activities.”

AFL concludes that it needs Horowitz to investigate “whether the Attorney General’s memorandum was formulated and issued based upon improper considerations. At this point, the dangers inherent in the undue politicization of the department's criminal and civil law enforcement authorities and in the corruption of the department's standard order and process, should be evident.” Congress has to call Garland on the carpet about this as well, and explore the serious charges AFL has made.

Not far from Garland’s office, in nearby Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County, the political consequences of overweening school board officials trying to prevent criticism of their failings was made crystal clear in the arrest at a meeting of Scott Smith, an arrest which was outrageous and exposed the county educational establishment’s incompetence, tyranny, and corruption -- an outrage which I predict will cost the county and the Democrats dearly. The fear of the Garland-NSBA-teachers unions-Biden administration cabal of an impact on the midterms was not baseless. Once cover was stripped, parents saw the harm the left's educational policies are creating, the emasculation of parents' voices, the tyranny of Democratic officials.

There was no factual basis for the NSBA’s stated fear of terrorism. Four of the members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wrote to Garland, stating in relevant part:

“We have combed the internet for signs that parents petitioning school boards are anything approaching a national problem: Nearly all of what we have seen so far makes us proud to be Americans: Parents care about the education of their children, and they are not willing to allow them to be indoctrinated into a radical ideology.”

NSBA has not escaped scrutiny either. Its officers are closely linked to the Democratic Party and education unions. “State school board association also rebuked the National School Boards Association, complaining that they weren’t consulted and in some cases calling its letter to Biden inflammatory. The Florida School Boards Association said it would not continue to pay dues to the national group because of this and other disagreements; school board associations from Virginia, Montana, Louisiana and Mississippi also issued statements condemning the national organization’s letter to Biden.”

The letter also caused the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to withdraw from the organization. It’s nice to see an ostensibly nonpartisan “public interest” outfit finally caught with its leftist pants down.

It looks, as well, as if the Loudon County School Board just tied a large albatross around Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s neck and may cost him his opportunity of a second term as Virginia governor.

The Loudoun County Case

As elsewhere (see Parkland school where the superintendent finally came clean) Loudoun seems to follow Obama era (non) disciplinary measures against violent students, sheltering them while endangering the rest of the students. Additionally, the left's nonsensical coddling of gender fluid and trans children (a very small percentage) has allowed them to use the restrooms of either sex as they choose with predictable results.

Over a four-year period Loudoun county schools failed to report multiple school rapes and sexual assaults despite state law requiring they do so.

On May 28 Scott Smith’s daughter was sexually assaulted in a school restroom by a boy wearing a skirt. The boy was transferred to another school where he committed yet another assault on another student. The only police action was against Scott Smith when, in June at a school board meeting, he was protesting the lack of action on this matter and parents raised objections to the Critical Race Theory curriculum; the school board called the police, who proceeded to make multiple arrests. Smith was dragged out of the meeting with his pants around his ankles.

Smith was given a no-trespassing order prior to the meeting that forbids him from telling his story. This was all part of an elaborative cover-up by the school district to not publicize the rape of his daughter. In fact, when Smith showed up at the school to complain about what had happened, they essentially accused him of lying and called the police, not on the transgender rapist, but on Smith himself for causing a scene. Luckily, he was able to get his daughter a rape kit that evening that confirmed the crime.

Further, moments before Smith’s arrest, the school board announced that they had no record of any rape regarding their transgender policies at their schools. That is what set the desperate father off. He had an Antifa “anti-racist” activist at the meeting claim his daughter was lying. When an argument ensued, police grabbed his arm. When he pulled his arm away, he was assaulted and thrown to the ground, handcuffed, and drug out of the room.

And while the far-left prosecutor’s office, which would eventually try to throw the book at Smith over his arrest at the school board meeting, insisted they were taking the rape case seriously, the same boy was let back into the school system. Within months, he had committed another rape.

But while it is clear the local school board put children at risk in order to cover for their own demented ideology, things didn’t stop there. Smith’s case was actually cited by the DOJ in their letter warning of “domestic terrorism” at school board meetings. AG Merrick Garland had to have been apprised of the details of the case, yet he chose to obfuscate and pretend Smith was a terrorist threat anyway.

The local fallout is substantial. The county superintendent has apologized, and the most leftist member of the board, a staunch advocate of Critical Race Theory, has resigned. The school superintendent has issued an apology:

On Friday, Ziegler said the school system is pursuing changes that would remove or erode these barriers to swift discipline of a student charged with sexual assault, including by lobbying for revisions to Title IX that would better protect victims. Ziegler said he spoke Friday morning about these changes with Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, as well as with the office of U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

In the meantime, Ziegler said, “to the extent we are legally permitted to do so, we will begin disciplinary action at the time of the incident, rather than suspending that action until the end of the Title IX or criminal investigation.”

He added that, while continuing to obey Title IX, Loudoun will take steps “to separate alleged offenders from the general student body.” He said he will recommend changes to school policy to ensure that this separation takes place. Additionally, he said, he has directed his deputy superintendent to fast-track the debut of “alternative placement” options for students involved in serious disciplinary actions.

Smith and his family are suing the school district. The Smiths contend:

The sexual assault on our daughter and the subsequent sexual assault by the same individual were both predictable and preventable, Subsequent to the sexual assault on our daughter, Loudoun Country Public Schools formalized a policy regarding restroom use that was easily exploitable by a potential sexual assailant. Because of poor planning and misguided policies, Loudon schools failed to institute even minimal safeguards to protect students from sexual assaults. And contrary to statements from the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s office our family was never informed that the student who sexually assaulted our daughter was being returned to the schools. Had we been informed, we would have been outraged.

The facts are that a male student claiming to be ‘gender fluid’ was permitted to enter the girls’ bathroom on May 28 and sexually assault our daughter. Making matters worse, the school system repeatedly failed to protect her thereafter. Then they concealed the sexual assault from the public while considering formalizing a bathroom access policy that would have--and now has--increased the likelihood of sexual assaults like these.”

Northern Virginia suburbs have increasingly turned Democratic as federal workers and contractors have moved there, but I think the Loudoun case which exposed how little the Democrat officials care for the law, the constitutional rights of parents, the protection of students and their right to an education free of left-wing propaganda may have ignited a rebellion. McAuliffe lied when he said Critical Race Theory is not being taught in Virginia schools; nevertheless, it is telling that the candidate who in the most recent debate said parents had no right to determine curriculum was forced to lie to hide the curriculum parents abhor.

He’s in an unexpectedly tight race for the governorship. The plotters in the administration who wanted to intimidate parents from objecting to the nonsense being propagated by idiot school boards were not wrong -- it will adversely affect Democrats in the midterms, I predict. It’s just that their overreach will multiply that consequence.

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My favorite part of Fall?

Walking through a hundred spider webs a day and screaming every single time.


A naked man runs into a tailor's shop.

The tailor says, "You can't be in here with no clothes on!"

The man says, "Come on mister, cut me some slacks?"


SEOUL - The next season of Squid Game is in the works, and writers are upping the excitement. While the first season had a creepy little girl robot that would detect if you moved during "Red Light Green Light" so you could be shot, the new season will replace her with a giant Dr. Fauci robot who will flag you for death if you don't put on your mask.

"Red light!" Fauci will shout as players frantically scramble to get their mask out of their pockets and put it on. When he shouts "green light" and turns around, players are free to take off their mask and interact freely like normal humans. But he'll quickly turn around again, and if he catches you without your mask, you'll be shot on sight.

"No mask detected," the robot said in some early footage we've obtained from Netflix. "Human mouth, smile, and happiness recognized. Deploying snipers." Then, a gruesome sight: hundreds of people being gunned down in cold blood. The robot also has a glitch and some bugs to work out and just murders people with a MAGA hat, even if they're wearing a mask, according to showrunners.

The next season of the series already has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, raising concerns from normal people that it will be terrible.


Q. How can you tell if your baby is an Italian?

A. He'll only take his pacifier if the nipple has hair on it.


Dear life, could you at least start using lubricants?

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Government has to be cut back like asparagus, every day, or it gets away and goes to seed. Ours did. When there’s too much of it, the flower becomes a weed. – Harvey

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Secretary of the China Lobby by Tom Cotton

Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo is actively undercutting efforts to separate America’s economy from China’s.

China’s most loyal and lucrative partner is not a foreign government or national leader. It’s a group of multi-national businesses, Hollywood elites, ivory-tower intellectuals, weak-kneed diplomats, and entrenched bureaucrats located here in the United States. This group has championed economic integration and appeasement for decades, relentlessly demanding that America forgive every act of aggression committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), no matter the cost to the American people. Some in this group are drunk on Chinese money, and some are blinded by a naïve hope that China will moderate. But all live in fear of CCP reprisal.

Now, this “China Lobby” has a new leader: Joe Biden’s secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo.

Secretary Raimondo recently stated that she thinks “robust commercial engagement will help to mitigate any potential tensions [with China].” This is simply wrong, and has been for over a quarter century. Since 1995, our goods trade with China has exploded nearly 900 percent, to over half a trillion dollars a year. Last year, China was our largest trading partner, and was responsible for more than a third of our trade deficit. It’s hard to imagine a more “robust commercial engagement” than the one that currently exists.

Far from moderating as a result of this generous and highly lucrative trade relationship, China has become increasingly repressive at home and belligerent abroad. China is now the most aggressive and prolific abuser of free trade anywhere in the world, responsible for up to 80 percent of all intellectual-property theft and the subject of nearly half of all FBI counterintelligence cases involving economic espionage. China’s economic predation has destroyed millions of blue-collar American jobs and costs the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars a year. There is no reason to believe that further engagement will yield different results.

Nevertheless, Secretary Raimondo announced plans last week to bring American executives to China and further entangle our economies. Secretary Raimondo is not only doing the bidding of the China Lobby — she’s actively recruiting for it. In an irresistible feedback loop, American businesses go to China, get hooked on cheap Chinese capital and labor, turn a blind eye to the CCP’s human-rights abuses and technology theft, and then lobby in Washington for greater entanglement with the PRC. Secretary Raimondo is contributing to this vicious cycle, which allows China to maximize the economic harm to, and internal divisions within, the United States.

Perhaps most outrageously, Secretary Raimondo has asserted that “there’s no point in talking about decoupling” our economy from China’s. In just seven words, Raimondo threw away all leverage she may have had in negotiations with the Chinese. The possibility of economic decoupling is one of the most potent threats the U.S. can wield over China. It would cost China trillions of dollars and access to the most reliable and desirable market for Chinese businesses. By taking it off the table, Raimondo guaranteed that negotiations would be a failure before they’d even begun.

Although immediate economic decoupling could be disruptive, gradual, targeted decoupling is both possible and badly needed. The United States currently relies on our greatest adversary for everything from medicine to machine tools. This dependence is not sustainable and must be ended.

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J.D. Power released their rankings of the best airlines to fly and Southwest top them all.

Of course, that makes them the best airline no one is flying.


My friend seemed really down as we were having an after work visit to the local bar. After a few beers he finally shared his story. "I finally snapped. Last night while I was going over the bills, I discovered how much money my wife squanders and I hit the roof. I stormed into the bedroom and gave her a lecture on economy and thrift.”

“Did it help?”

“I’ll say. Tomorrow we’re selling my boat and sailing equipment.”


The reason why baby diapers have brand names such as Luvs and Huggies, while undergarments for old people are called Depends:

When babies poop in their pants, people are still gonna Luv'em and Hug'em.

When old people poop in their pants, it Depends on who's in the will!


I struck a deal with my local gym.

They wanted $24 a month if I show up, but only $12 a month if I don't show up.

That's 50% off!


I lost my wife's audiobook.

I'll never hear the end of it.

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When you can't tell where a man stands, you already know. – Rogers

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Why The Left Tells Lies About Christopher Columbus by Armando Simon

For over a decade, Columbus has been painted as a mass murderer, committing all sorts of crimes in the New World, including genocide.

So far, though, he has not–at least, not yet–been accused of not providing transgender bathrooms in his ships.

Those accusations are complete fabrications, unsupported by even one shred of historical evidence. Let me repeat that because it is very important: there is no historical basis, no contemporary documents, nothing, that indicates that he engaged in all of the “crimes” that present-day activists have promulgated. None! Zip! Nada!

The “accusations” (which often sound more like insults than rational accusations) range from the gruesome (claiming he chopped off Indians’ hands for not bringing gold or carrying out genocide—total fabrications) to the infantile (ridiculing the fact that one of his ships sunk—he was not the captain of that particular ship and they were sailing in uncharted seas abounding in hidden reefs), to the stupid (Democrat politicians and Native Americans claiming that Columbus carried out genocide in North America, where he never set foot nor sail).

Nonetheless, we can expect the usual posturing and sloganeering on Columbus Day by historically illiterate leftists and “indigenous people,” some of the latter being about as Native American as Elizabeth Warren.

One should consult primary sources (preferably in the original Spanish and not in translations): his logbook, the “Capitulations” (legal documents, also known as the “Book of Privileges”), the contemporary biographies, and especially “Los Cuatro Viajes del Almirante y su Testamento,” and, “Brevísima Relación de la Destrucción de las Indias,” both written by Friar Bartolomé de las Casas, who as every schoolchild in Spain and the Caribbean knows, was the Apostle of the Indians for working indefatigably to protect the Indians from his fellow Spaniards.

De las Casas never mentions Columbus committing any crimes, and De las Casas did not shrink from accusing anyone. On the contrary, he mentions Columbus as constantly protecting the natives from his crew and the settlers. The explorer often had trouble controlling the men under him because he was a foreigner and the Spaniards resented any foreigner ordering them; in fact, because he was a foreigner, some contemporary Spaniards even downplayed his discovery. On top of that, the natives were helpless, had gold nuggets, and the women and men were completely naked. Picture the problem.

Sometimes, the accusations/insults hurled at him are of events that occurred decades after he was dead, carried out by the Spaniards, who worked the natives to death after he was gone, to the point that, unlike the North and South American continents, no natives were left alive in any of the Caribbean islands. When he is not directly accused of committing those acts, he is accused of being responsible for them because of his discovery of the New World, which is like arguing that Henry Ford was responsible for all of the traffic accidents and the deaths from tank battles, almost a century after Ford’s death.

Furthermore, Spain was in a race with Portugal for finding a route to Asia to establish trade. Columbus’ expedition was seen as a commercial voyage, which at the very least would hopefully pay for itself, if not actually be lucrative. The discovered islands were henceforth seen as trading posts and as stepping stones to Asia. His first voyage cost relatively little compared to the massive expenditures of subsequent voyages (huge supplies had to be sent because the climate and the land were not conducive to raising European crops; additionally, hundreds died from yellow fever; Columbus himself was stricken). This explains the preoccupation with finding gold. Fortunately for Spain, Cuba and Hispaniola had gold.

Something that has to be understood, which is counterintuitive to us, is that European monarchies were poor. Much of Europe’s mineral wealth had been sent east for spices, and the silver and gold mines of the continent had been long exhausted. The splendor and wealth that we associate with monarchies really begins in the 1500s, partly as a result of the discoveries of the massive presence of silver and gold in Central and South America (Potosí practically had a mountain of silver with some dirt sprinkled on it).

An additional result of finding the New World, according to Wootton’s “The Invention of Science,” Columbus’ discovery of a new continent was a tectonic shift for European minds. Hitherto, it had been assumed by everyone that the Ancient Romans and Greeks had discovered everything that there was to know about anything. It came as a shock that there was an unknown antipodal continent, with unknown people, animals, vegetation, and geography. And many discoveries awaited. By anyone.

Nowadays, it is seen as fashionable to dismiss Columbus’ Promethean effort because the New World had already been discovered by the Vikings and the natives. However, Hans Selye clarified it best in “From Dream to Discovery:” “The important difference between the discovery of America by the Indians, by the Norsemen, and by Columbus is only that Columbus succeeded in attaching the American continent to the rest of the world.”

The propaganda against Columbus has come primarily from Marxists, best exemplified by Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” (anytime that you see the word “People’s” in the title of a publication, a Marxist probably wrote it). Zinn was an admitted Communist and the purpose of his textbook (which is presently being used for indoctrination in American schools through the innocent-sounding Zinn Project) was to make gullible, naïve, students hate their country and motivate them to destroy it. It has succeeded. And Christopher Columbus has been one of his victims. Nor is Zinn alone in such efforts.

Similar propaganda is found in Huffington Post, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and many, many other publications which have saturated the culture, all stating the same message, all written by smug, self-confident leftists with a colossal ignorance of history. One can also find examples on YouTube. They are even briefly inserted in television programs (“The Sopranos,” “The Office,” “The Good Place”), like intellectual drive-by shootings. That illustrates how thoroughly saturated our society has become with leftist lies.

Ultimately, the matter boils down to one question: who do you trust more, writers for Huffington Post and The Guardian, who cannot even read Spanish, or, documents and historians writing at the time of Columbus and witnessed events?

Marxists have a long-standing record of mutilating history for ideological purposes. In the first half of the century, Soviet historians claimed that Russia had invented the car, the plane, the light bulb, soccer, baseball, etc. In the comedy film, “The Mouse That Roared,” a group of ambassadors pass the time playing Monopoly; the Russian ambassador claims that they invented the game.

At any rate, the attack on Columbus is not an isolated incident. His statues have been vandalized, or toppled, as have been the statues of Lincoln, Jefferson, Lee, and many, many others. The falsification of Columbus’ history is not an isolated case either, just look at the 1619 Project, to cite simply one of the most obvious cases, not to mention the CRT movement.

All these are actually attacks on America, on civilization. This is not hyperbole. The leftists say so. Why? Perhaps Milan Kundera, a former resident of a Communist country can best put it together: “The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long that nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was. The world around it will forget even faster.”

The question remains, then, whether Americans will permit this sacrilege. From what I have seen so far, yes, they already have. Their only response to this outrage has been to whine.

Armando Simón is a former, trilingual, native of Cuba experiencing déjà vu. A retired psychologist with a degree in history, he is the author of “A Cuban from Kansas,” “When Evolution Stops,” and “The Book of Many Books.”

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In China, a construction company put together a 10-story apartment building in just 24 hours.

The phrase that immediately popped into my mind was, "Uh, you first!"


Contractions function almost identically to the full two word phrase, but are only appropriate in some places in a sentence.

It's one of the weird quirks of the language we've.

Some people say English is a confusing language, to which I say . . . It's. That's the kind of linguist I'm.



Instead of cleaning the house, I just turn off the lights.

Alligators can live up to 100 years, which explains why they will probably see ya later.

I'd give up sarcasm, but then that would leave only interpretive dance as my only means of communication.

I miss the 90s when bread was good for you and nobody knew what kale was.

My superpower is picking the slowest moving checkout line at the grocery store.

I've finally reached the Wonder Years: I wonder where I parked the car. I wonder where I left my phone. I wonder where my car keys are. I wonder what day it is.

Bury me with my old records, it'll be my vinyl resting place.

In Israel, archeologists have discovered a 2700-year-old toilet and, as you would expect, the lid had been left up.

Fart when people hug you, it makes them feel strong.

I survived the social media blackout of 2021.


Georgia's Secretary of State announced Friday that over 100,000 names will be removed from Georgia's voter registration rolls in an attempt to keep the state's voter files "up to date."

Among those names removed from the official rolls: Amanda Hump, Annie Position, Ben Dover, C. Mike Rack, Curley Pubes, Harry Johnson

Oh, I could go on and on. So I will: Howie Feltersnatch, Iva Biggin, Ivanna B. Spanked...

Okay, I'm good.


First Freshman in Math Exam: "How far are you from the correct answer?"

Second Freshman in Math Exam: "About two seats away."

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They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here? – Harvey

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Decriminalizing Gang Bangers by Thomas Lifson

Soros prosecutor Kim Foxx declines to charge five arrested in fatal gang shootout, citing ‘mutual combatants’

Chicago now is like Dodge City before Marshal Dillon arrived: a fatal shootout on its streets is no crime because both sides were shooting. The Windy City already is world-famous for shootouts on its streets, with an astounding 3,625 shootings so far this year, 623 of them fatal. (That death toll would be higher save for the city’s superb medical care for gunshot victims, made possible by all the practice its trauma surgeons receive.) But how many more shooting matches will start now that the word is going out that you can escape charges in a gang shootout -- even if someone is killed -- if both sides are shooting?

An escalating number of shootouts is the inescapable implication of the decision of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to release all five suspects arrested in a fatal shootout between rival gangs in the city’s Southside Austin neighborhood, not too far from the Obama Monument. The head of that office, Kim Foxx, was elected with considerable financial support from George Soros, who has helped elect many soft-on-crime prosecutors across the US. Tom Schuba writes in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Five men linked to a deadly gang-related shootout Friday in Austin were released from custody after prosecutors declined to charge each of them with a pair of felonies, including first-degree murder, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The brazen mid-morning gunfight, which left one shooter dead and two of the suspects wounded, stemmed from an internal dispute between two factions of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang, according to an internal police report and a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

The source said police sought to charge all five suspects with murder and aggravated battery. By Sunday morning, a Chicago police spokeswoman acknowledged the suspects had “been released without charges.”

In a statement later Sunday, Cristina Villareal, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, explained that prosecutors had “determined that the evidence was insufficient to meet our burden of proof to approve felony charges.” Police officials agreed with the decision, Villareal added.

While she wouldn’t specify what other evidence prosecutors needed to file charges, the police report acknowledged that victims of the shootout weren’t cooperating with investigators.

But the report also framed the state’s attorney’s office’s decision to decline charges in a different light: “Mutual combatants was cited as the reason for the rejection.” Mutual combat is a legal term used to define a fight or struggle that two parties willingly engage in.

WGN-TV provides more details on the show the “mutual combat” shootout went down:

Friday morning, residents in North Austin were surrounded by a heavy police and SWAT presence after officers were called to a home near the corner of West Potomac Avenue and North Mason Avenue.

According to this account, SWAT already was there, and then:

Two vehicles then pulled up, with occupants leaving the cars and firing shots towards a home.

The people inside the home returned fire, eventually killing one of the gunmen from outside, with multiple other people being injured.

So, if the people being shot at return fire, no charges? Even Lori Lightfoot, the city’s equally eccentric Democrat mayor can’t handle that. Craig Wall of WLS-TV:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and some West Side aldermen called on Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx to reverse her decision on the case.

"If they do not feel like the criminal justice system is going to hold them accountable, we're going to see a level of brazenness that will send the city into chaos and we cannot let that happen," the mayor said Monday. (snip)

Lightfoot, herself a former prosecutor, believes there's evidence to make a case.

"I think that there's evidence there. We've got videotape, we have a marked squad of uniformed officers who were on the scene observing it," she said. "At a bare minimum, the individuals who initiated the firefight must be prosecuted."

"I think it goes beyond frustration, I'm furious about it," said 29th Ward Alderman Chris Taliaferro, who oversees the ward where the shooting took place.

Elizabeth Matthews of Fox32:

It happened in the 1200 block of Mason in Austin around 11 a.m. last Friday. The shooting was caught on a pod camera and police say more than 70 shots were fired. Two groups of gang members were shooting at each other. One of the alleged shooters died and two others were wounded.

"She's got to explain to the public, why? Given that evidence, a pod camera right there that captured the entire thing and police officers on the scene in uniform, and a squad car there, why that isn't enough," said a furious Mayor Lightfoot. (snip)

"If the bad guys that are out there that are picking up guns and shooting without any regard for the sanctity of life, do not believe that there's accountability for them, the brazenness will not end. It will escalate, it will continue and our communities will not be safe," Lightfoot said.

Foxx’s office is explaining that there is not enough evidence, but what about gunpowder residue tests on the hands of those arrested? Even if you can’t prove that a specific individual’s shot killed someone, firing a gun in a fatal shootout is a crime. If it is a felony, then the doctrine of felony murder should apply – all who participated in a felony that resulted in a murder are equally guilty of murder.

Less than a week ago, Foxx’s office declined to prosecute another murder, this time with a knife, that was also recorded, where lack of evidence shouldn’t have been a problem, because only two people were involved, and the attack was recorded. It was the same excuse: “mutual combat”:

This is the same result that came from a deadly fight between two teens in Schaumburg last Tuesday.

Manuel Porties Jr. died after being stabbed during a one-on-one fight that was recorded by bystanders. Porties Jr.’s family told WGN that prosecutors declined charging the other teen, saying it was mutual combat.

It looks a lot like the Foxx standard for prosecuting now is to let everyone off unless one side fails to respond to an attack by fighting back.

Foxx’s office is sticking to the lack of evidence story, blaming the police, but leaving the door open for future prosecution (just in case public pressure becomes irresistible?)

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office released a statement in response to the mayor's calls, saying: As a former federal prosecutor, the Mayor knows of the ethical obligation of the prosecutor to only bring forth charges where the facts, evidence, and law support it. She is also fully aware that as a prosecutor we are obligated not to try cases in the media. It is unclear why she has chosen to make such statements, especially absent the full information that was presented to our office by CPD. The detectives reached out to our office on Friday and acknowledged at the outset that given the chaotic nature at the scene they were unable to determine how the events unfolded. We reviewed the evidence that was presented to us in consultation with the detectives and they agreed we were unable to approve charges based on the evidence presented. However, as always, as additional evidence is gathered we stand ready to bring charges when appropriate. Additionally, the facts the mayor presented today simply are not in line with what was presented to us by CPD, and not born out by the evidence we received. The staggering violence that is devastating our communities is horrific, however, we must still adhere to both our ethical and legal standards in evaluating charges. As a former prosecutor, she knows that.

Better see what George Soros has to say. His prosecutors have been alienating a lot of voters lately.

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Threw a ball for my dog.

It's a bit extravagant I know, but it was his birthday and he looks great in a Tuxedo.


What's the difference between a train wreck and the Biden administration?

With a train wreck you know the disaster is going to end!


A 4 year old boy was asked to give thanks before a big dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles.

Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool Whip. Then he paused, and everyone waited and waited.

After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, "If I thank God for the broccoli, won't he know that I'm lying?"


These glorious insults are from an era; "before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words":

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy."
Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."
Moses Hadas

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."
George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."
Winston Churchill, in response

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
Paul Keating

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."
Andrew Lang

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
Billy Wilder


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“Last month, Joe Biden claimed that no military leader advised him to leave a small troop presence in Afghanistan. Today, General Milley and General McKenzie both confirmed their recommendation that 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan. Which is it?" - Senator Tom Cotton

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Laconia Incident by David Stubblebine
12 Sep 1942 - 17 Sep 1942

The British RMS Laconia was a 600-foot long, 20,000-ton ocean liner of the Cunard Line launched in 1921 and capable of embarking 2,200 passengers. At the start of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and armed with deck guns, depth charges, and asdic equipment.

The German U-156 was a Type IXC submarine launched in 1941 and commanded from the beginning by the very capable and very successful Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartenstein. The U-156 was lost with all hands, including Hartenstein, midway through the war on 8 Mar 1943 but not before Hartenstein had sunk or damaged 21 ships totaling 116,000 tons. But that came later.

In the late summer of 1942, Laconia sailed to Cape Town, South Africa loaded with Italian prisoners of war. She left Cape Town bound for Freetown in West Africa carrying 463 officers and crew, 80 civilians (including the wife of the British Governor of Malta), 286 British Army soldiers, 1,793 Italian prisoners of war, and 103 Polish soldiers acting as guards. When Laconia was still 950 miles south of Freetown and 700 miles off the African coast, U-156 fired two torpedoes at her shortly after dark on 12-Sep-1942. Both torpedoes struck Laconia causing her to immediately go dead in the water and take on a heavy list. Hartenstein brought U-156 closer and saw several full lifeboats with hundreds more people in the water. He was surprised to hear the survivors shouting for assistance in Italian. Once Hartenstein learned what Laconia's compliment had been, he began straightaway conducting a large-scale rescue operation. Several survivors were taken inside the submarine, several more were put on the U-Boat's deck, and lifeboats were taken in tow.

About an hour after being torpedoed, the Laconia sank.

Hartenstein requested instructions from his headquarters and Admiral Karl Dönitz assigned three other submarines to assist. The Vichy-French Government also dispatched three ships toward the area. Hartenstein then broadcast a general, uncoded call for assistance in plain English and the British redirected two merchant ships to the area. U-156 remained on the surface for two days with her decks packed with survivors until joined by the other submarines. Together, they began heading for the African coast.

Four days after Laconia's sinking, the submarines were still making for West Africa but U-156 had become separated from the other submarines. In the middle of the day, Hartenstein was overflown by a B-24 Liberator long-range bomber from the 343rd Bombardment Squadron. The aircraft was transiting eastward from a very secret base on Ascension Island on toward Africa. U-156's deck was still crowded with survivors, she was towing as many as four lifeboats loaded with people, and she had a large Red Cross flag draped over the gun deck. The B-24 circled low over the U-Boat for 30 minutes assessing the situation and then flew off to the west. The B-24 pilot radioed a report of what he had seen and asked for instructions. The reply was clear and direct: "Sink the sub."

The B-24 returned and the pilot tried his best to do as he was ordered. He dropped bombs and depth charges that caused only minor damage to the submarine but destroyed two lifeboats and killed dozens of Laconia survivors (perhaps hundreds). Hartenstein had no choice but to cast the lifeboats adrift and put the survivors on his deck back into the sea so that he could dive and save his boat. As the B-24 was beginning its second pass, U-156 submerged. The B-24 pilot saw this and reported that the sub had been sunk. He was credited with a submarine "kill" and was later decorated for this action.

The following day, the Vichy-French ships arrived in the area and began collecting survivors. In all, 1,113 of Laconia's original compliment of 2,732 survived the sinking. Nearly all of the dead (88%) were Italian prisoners of war.

The attack on a submarine that was engaged in a mission of mercy while flying the flag of the Red Cross angered the Germans generally and Karl Dönitz in particular. In response to this attack, he issued a sweeping order to the entire U-Boat fleet that became known as the Laconia Order. The central portion of this order said: "All attempts to save survivors of sunken ships, also the picking up of floating men and putting them on board lifeboats, the setting upright of overturned lifeboats, and the handing over of food and water are to be discontinued. These rescues contradict the primitive demands of warfare to destroy enemy ships and their crews." This order changed the very definition of submarine warfare. Up to this point, German U-Boats operated more or less under the prevailing maritime doctrine known as the Cruiser Rules, which called for ships to engage in the kinds of actions Hartenstein had done in this case. The Laconia Order unleashed the new and brutal doctrine of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare that remained in place for the rest of the war with dire consequences for many merchant seamen.

During the post-war Nuremberg Trial of Karl Dönitz for various War Crimes, the Laconia Order was displayed prominently in the case against him, a decision that squarely backfired on the prosecution. The German side of the Laconia Incident came out for the first time and US Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz provided unapologetic written testimony on behalf of Dönitz saying the US Navy in the Pacific had engaged in very similar unrestricted submarine warfare since the very first day the US entered the war.

There were no War Crimes charges brought against the American officer who ordered the B-24 pilot to attack U-156, Captain Robert C. Richardson III; there was no discipline at all or even much of an inquiry from the Americans. Captain Richardson's reasons for giving the order to attack were that he believed the rules of war at the time did not permit combat ships to fly Red Cross flags, he feared the German submarine would attack the two British freighters responding to the area, and he assumed the German submarine was only rescuing Italian prisoners of war. Further, he believed the submarine may have discovered and shelled the fuel tanks at the secret Ascension Island base, cutting off a critical Allied resupply route to Africa and Asia. Captain Richardson went on to become a career US Air Force officer, retiring in 1967 at the rank of Brigadier General.

Werner Hartenstein, along with U-156 and all hands, were lost on their next cruise. They were victims of another aerial depth charge attack on 8-Mar-1943 while 350 miles east of Barbados, this time from a PBY Catalina patrol aircraft from US Navy Patrol Squadron VP-53 flying from Chaguaramas, Trinidad.

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