Sunday, April 26, 2020


From Legal Insurrection we learn that some prominent Democrats, concerned over increasing evidence supporting Tara Reade's claim she was sexually assaulted by former Vice President and presumptive 2020 presidential nominee Joseph Biden, are calling on him to pull -- er, I mean drop out.

I think at this point there is only one viable replacement candidate, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (at right).

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020


Tha Ealasaid, le gràs Dhè Banrigh na h-Alba, 94 bliadhna a dh'aois an-diugh.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Keeping the Wild Elephants Away

Old story: A man was riding a city bus in a major Midwestern metropolis, with a set of old phone books on his lap and an open window beside him. As the bus moved through the city streets, he periodically tore a page out of one of the phone books and threw the page out the window.

The bus driver, growing increasingly concerned about this odd behavior, radioed to the dispatcher and asked to have a police officer meet the bus at the next stop.

When the bus rolled to a stop at the corner, a uniformed cop was waiting, and saw a page come flying out of the bus window. He boarded the bus and made his way down the aisle to where the man was sitting.

"Hey, buddy, why are you throwing paper out the window of the bus?"

"To keep the wild elephants away," replied the rider matter-of-factly.

"Say again?"

"I'm doing this to keep the wild elephants away. They're huge, dangerous beasts and they could trample an innocent man, woman or child if they're not kept off the streets."

The cop took a deep breath and sighed. Why do I always get the lunatics? he wondered. "Mister, there isn't a wild elephant for miles around here! The zoo doesn't even have one!"

"There, you see?" retorted the bus passenger. "It works!"

When the facts finally come out about just how many people ever actually got sick from the Wuhan bat fever (as opposed to what seems to be the asymptomatic majority), and what the actual mortality rate was as compared to the hysterical predictions amplified by the panic-mongering media, some will argue that these actual, much lower figures are proof that their response to the pandemic danger was justified.

I'm not saying there never were any wild elephants, but don't let anyone tell you that throwing paper out of the bus window is what kept them from trampling innocent citizens.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Oh, Don't Pretend to Be Surprised

Via Instapundit, this from AppleInsider:

Zoom has become a popular platform due to widespread coronavirus work-from-home policies, but it's been beset by multiple security and privacy blunders since its boom in usage.

Because of those concerns, various government entities, private corporations and public organizations have banned its members from using the app — including both Google and at least one chamber of the U.S. Congress.

Here's one of the specific privacy concerns (same AppleInsider link as above, emphasis mine):

In March, a Motherboard investigation found that Zoom for iOS app was sending data to Facebook analytics without explicitly outlining the practice — and even if a user didn't have an account.

I'll be on my fainting couch.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Joe Biden Interviews Prospective Running Mates, 6

Biden: "My story begins in nineteen-dickety-two. We had to say 'dickety' because Hitler had stolen our word 'forty'."

Senator Bernie Sanders: "Then after World War Two, it got kinda quiet, 'til Superman challenged FDR to a race around the world. FDR beat him by a furlong, or so the comic books would have you believe."

Biden: "We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere -- like the time I caught the ferry over to Harrisburg. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Harrisburg in those days."

Sanders: "Anyway, about my washtub. I'd just used it that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as a walking-bird. We'd always have walking-bird on Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder."

Biden: "Ah, there's an interesting story behind this nickel. In 1957, I remember it was, I got up in the morning and made myself a piece of toast. I set the toaster to three: medium brown."

Sanders: "Three wars back we called Sauerkraut 'liberty cabbage' and we called liberty cabbage 'super slaw' and back then a suitcase was known as a 'Swedish lunchbox.' Of course, nobody knew that but me. Anyway, long story short... is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling."

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Why I Have Nothing to Say About the Extinction-Level Event Going on Around Us All

I am not a physician nor an epidemiologist.

I've been so unsociable as a habit for so long that right now the greatest impact on my life from the Chinese disease pandemic is caused by other people who would have had no impact on my life whatsoever under normal circumstances. How's that for a kick in the head?

Even just going to the store is such an ordeal that I had gotten in the habit years ago of buying large amounts of consumables so that I can avoid going back for as long as possible. And yes, that includes what you think. It was fine when I was the only one doing it...

I saw a model output for a low-population-density state out west that anticipated the spread of the Chinese disease tapering off starting in the latter half of next month.

Let's all hope so. And let's all hope there's an effective vaccine and sufficient treatment resources if/when it comes back.

Our retirement savings are still down by almost 20% from before people started acting like it was the end of the world. If we could just get that turned around...

Yeeaaaaahhhh..... that'd be great...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

There's Trying Too Hard, and Then There's This Post

I've changed my mind. I'm going to vote for Joe Biden in November.

...April Fool.

It might be funnier if I'd used my phone to post it. 'Cause, you know, "phoning it in"...