Eric Florack on April 7th, 2015

Today I’m running from Carlisle Pennsylvania to Syracuse New York. Nice little run.

From there I’ll run back over to the yard outside Rochester, and have another go-round before the end of the week. The weather’s fine, trucks been good, no problems.

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The sudden change in the weather prompted an interesting exchange last evening.

“How can it be snowing? It’s 61 degrees outside.”

“That’s not snow, those are moths”.

Welcome to my world.

I see Jason Mc Whorter saying in part, out of all places the Daily Beast

To many, the Columbia Journalism School report on Rolling Stone’s account of an alleged University of Virginia rape case will seem to be a story about media addicted to seeking sensationalism over accuracy. But the whole sordid affair has been about something much larger: the idea that the pursuit of justice can be separated from facts; that metaphorical truth can be more important than literal truth.

Well, it certainly has been to left as politicians for years and years. That’s how these things get started. That for example is George Soros dumping a couple of million dollars into the riots in Ferguson, to fan the flames.

This is not to say that it doesn’t happen on both sides of the political isle. But it shouldn’t escape your notice that it does tend to happen more often when people have the power of government backing them. There is the key. And it is a key that you often gets ignored.

Another example of story over fact, is the laurels being thrown at the current occupant of the White House over the around deal which even the president admits is doing nothing more than kicking the can down the road, and that’s assuming the Iranians hold up their end of the deal.

Let’s face it, this was all about establishing a legacy, and the White House understanding that the press is all ready and willing to help him do it by spreading the myth, and not the fact.

A few other examples…  A.pizza place in Indiana that has never done catering, decided to not cater to someone because of their religious beliefs…. And the world supposedly is hurt by this.

Anti gun laws work so well, and yet the places with the strictest gun laws on the planet, say, Chicago and Detroit for example, are sheer slaughterhouses. our economy is recovering splendidly we are told, yet 92 million Americans are still out of work, haven’t given up looking for a job in this Obama economy.

Now we find out the salt is not as bad for us as they said it was. Wait, I thought this was settled science, like global warming. By the way, hand me my parka, would you?

We were told that we can’t drill our way to less expensive fuel. Yet the fracking boom has brought fuel prices down in spite of the best efforts of this administration.

If you look closely, you may notice a trend here. We’re being lied to, kiddies.

Is it any wonder, then, nobody trusts the news media anymore?

davidl on April 7th, 2015

I have had it. The Rolling Stone story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia was dubious from the start. Yet for some reason, the media kept referring to the fabulist, one Jackie Coakley, as a victim. Victim of what? Her web of lies!
FrCoakley_Jackieom Encyclopedia Dramatica (NSFW):

Jackie Coakley or Jacqueline Coakley lied about being raped in order to get attention and sympathy

From Naomi Schaefer Riley, New York Post:

As an AP article noted, “Despite its flaws, the article heightened scrutiny of campus sexual assaults amid a campaign by President Barack Obama.”

Despite its flaws? You mean despite the fact that as far as anyone can tell, the story was made up out of whole cloth?

From Megan McArdle, Bloomberg:

Moreover, Erdely’s reporting suggests at least two reasons Jackie might have made it up: She first told her story to the school when she got in trouble for failing classes, and connecting with anti-rape groups on campus plugged Jackie into a social network that gave her a feeling of purpose and fellowship. Had Erdely tried harder to contact the friends whose behavior she maligned, she would have heard a third reason: Jackie had a crush, not returned, on one of the friends she called for help that night.

Narratives without facts are called fairy tales.

As this is written, I’m waiting for an offload in the Bronx. 62 degrees, the sun shining, but traffic is honking, and it looks like it’s going to be hours before I get out of here. In other words a typical day.

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A few years ago I was at the George Washington Bridge one morning. There was an accident somewhere down the cross products, so traffic was backed up on the bridge. As soon as I got through the toll booth and the traffic stopped so I did too.

Traffic started up again and when I went to start up I checked all my mirrors out of habit. Looking down my right side I noticed a 3 series BMW parked directly in front of my ttandams with the nose all the way up to the windshield wipers under my trailer.

I sat and waited for a minute or so. Nothing. I wiggled the trailer. Nothing. I actually dropped my air in the middle of the George Washington Bridge and leaned out the right side window and glared at the secretary type driving it. Nothing. I hollered at the woman, what the hell you doing? Get out of there!!

About that time the Port Authority cops noticed that something was amiss and one of them started ambling over to see what was going on. She made him, and took off like a bat out of hell. How she managed to disappear in the traffic so fast I have yet to figure out, but she did. The cop looked at me shook their shoulders and turn around and walked back.

The only thing I can figure is that she was interested in the insurance money. Given I had a full load on that day, I think she probably would have ended up with more damage than she thought she would. She was in for more than she bargained for.

It’s one reason I stress with my trainees, to always check the rear view mirrors, every single one of them, before you move the truck. You never know the kind of crazies that you’re going to run into out there, literally.

Welcome to my world.

I see Billy Hollis over at Q&O reporting that newspaper circulation has been down about half in the last 10 years, permit already record lows.

He goes into some detail on it, complete with table will fall of these major out much better losing their shirts. He suggests, & I concur, that the recent successes of the right are largely due to the lack of penetration of the traditionally leftist newspapers that he lists in his table. You might want to check all of it out.

The success of Fox News however, may point a solution to the problem. Actually giving news. Yes, I know that’s not their purpose. It hasn’t been for decades. But it’s the only way they’re going to survive short of governmental intervention, which I wouldn’t put it past the big government types.
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And down the road I go. See you tomorrow.

Editor’s note… I was so tired on Friday that I forgot to send this. So, it doesn’t get posted until today. My bad.
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I have a cold today, so my writing is going to be a little shorter than usual, I think.

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The truck behaved well  week, and without all the vibration I had last week it’s a pleasure to drive again. I’ll be going home tonight, and probably not coming back out again until Sunday afternoon sometime. We all look forward to the weekends, but I look forward to them particularly, because they’re the only time I get to spend with those I love. Welcome to my world.

With the little side show going on with this supposed treaty with Iran, maybe it’s time to come back to reality. It’s as I explained it several years ago…

Clearly, the peace movement in this country thinks that peace is the absence of war.  That’s not true.

They also think that peace can be negotiated.  That is also untrue in large part.

Negotiated peace very seldom lasts for very long, and usually works out to a serious disadvantage for one side or the other.  A close look at North Korea, certainly the product of a negotiated peace and of an antiwar sentiment here in the United States and back in the days of the Korean war, will demonstrate that clearly. I suggest you ask the south Koreans if they think their existence has been a peaceful one since those days. I suspect that they will not.

Consider also, the negotiated peace of World War One. What was negotiated, most scholars will advise us, led directly to World War Two, which was an even bigger and bloodier conflict.

I dare to propose to you, that peace is the product of having overwhelmingly won the war, and of showing the resolve to take on all those who would disturb that peace, thus removing war as an option for them.

As examples of this, let’s look at Germany and Japan in the years following World War Two.  I suspect and suppose that there are very few indeed who will complain that the actions and intentions of the German and Japanese peoples following World War Two, were anything but peaceful.

Demonstrably, these two countries have been among the most peaceful countries on the planet, and have been stalwart friends of freedom.  I suggest this is a direct result of having won the wars against Germany and Japan in overwhelming fashion, and showing a continued resolve to take it on any world power who decides for whatever reason to act unpeaceably.

The leftist “peace” movement in this country with its call to unconditionally separate us from our ability to respond to war making is in fact exposing us to aggressors, thereby causing more bloodshed, and certainly causing a loss of freedom throughout the world.  They would have us negotiating with every ten pot dictator that comes along, in the hope of avoiding bloodshed.  ( The name of Neville Chamberlain pops into mind, unbidden.)

Now, all of that addresses the general concept of trying to negotiate this through. Then we get into the specifics of who it is we are trying to negotiate with.

History shows clearly that those under the influence of Islam, use negotiations as they would any other weapon… Against their enemy. There has been no case in history where they have held to any peace treaty. None. On what basis are we to assume that it’s going to work this time?

Then we have Obama. Who has made so many promises, none of which have come true, that he is deserving of absolutely zero trust from either us or the Iranians. This deal is so important, that we can’t hear the details. We just have to pass it to see what’s in it. We tried that with Obamacare if you’ll recall. How’d that work out?

No. There is nothing about this that is deserving of our trust. This administration’s bumbling will succeed in getting nuclear capability into the hands of Mad Men. And that works counter to peace. No matter how you look at it.
And down the road I go. I’ll see you Monday.

davidl on April 3rd, 2015

How much does the lame stream media react to the a failure to embrace, support and indeed celebrate the homosexual lifestyle, what the media calls homophobia?  Will it all depends.  The lame stream media has different standards for different communities who happen to chose not to celebrate the homosexual lifestyle?

A family owned pizzeria in Indiana, when asked by a reporterette with an agenda, if they would cater to small sex wedding, says no.   The media goes nuclear.

Reax, Patterico:

Stop the presses! A family-owned pizza parlor in a small town in Indiana says, not they would refuse to serve pizza to gays, but that they would not cater a gay wedding if asked to . . . which they certainly never would be. I see no evidence that the owners sought out the media to make this statement; rather, it sounds like some ABC reporter was walking from business to business asking if they would cater gay weddings, no matter how unlikely, and found someone who said they wouldn’t.

The media is not afraid, and more than willing, to offend a Christian. Get a Christian, and he is apt ask for you to be forgiven. Then on the other hand, offend a Muslim, he is apt to seek to kill you, video:

Hat tip and reax from Darleen Click, Protein Wisdom:

Now, anyone want to take bets on if any of the Left fascists who have gone after Memories Pizza, forcing it to shut down due to threats, will make even one peep about these particular businesses?

Bravo to Steven Crowder!

Does the media just hate Christians or is it just plain afraid of Muslims?  What difference does it make?  Apparently, the lame stream media believes it acceptable for you not to cater to homosexuals, provided you also believe they should be hanged.

Chris Christie has about as much chance of being elected President of the United States, but he did make on small step in the direction, from Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review:

Herewith, a beautiful sight: This is Chris Christie pardoning Shaneen Allen, a single mother from Pennsylvania who had been prosecuted for taking a concealed weapon into New Jersey in violation of the law:

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Allen has come a long way. At first it looked as if her mistake — she did not realize that her Pennsylvania concealed carry license wasn’t valid in every other state — was going to land her in prison for more than a decade, cost her her job as a medical practitioner, and take her away from her children.

Christie and his Peoples Republic of New Jersey leave of dirty taste in the mouths of freedom loving people.   One small step for liberty in New Jersey, and one painfully small step on Christie’s road to credibility.

Would it be remiss of me not to give a warm Joe Biden shout out to the Reverend Al Sharpton loud and vocal efforts to free Allen?

Hat Tip: Ace.

So, because of the intricacies of DOT regulations and the way I spent my time yesterday, I ended up having to take a 10 hour rest period last night instead of my usual eight.

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Trouble is, that’s going to put me well behind in terms of where I was supposed to be. You see I have a load of canned vegetables bound for Jersey City New Jersey, that was supposed to be there at 8 o’clock this morning. As it stands I’m probably not going to make it there until quarter of 12. We always planned on my being a little bit late, but the way the regulations fallout made me a great deal later.

Oh, and one more thing. When I stopped to get fuel this morning, after waiting in line for about 15 minutes for one of the pumps to open up, of a gentleman was parked in front of me also waiting for fuel, drove forward and hit the fuel pump. This caused the entire system to go offline and I didn’t get my fuel. Now fortunately, I have enough fuel to make it to the next truck stop which happens to be in New Jersey. Trouble is, I wasted additional time, making me even later.

Welcome to my world.

I said yesterday that it seems to me we face a question at this next election about who we trust less… The Democrats here in the United States or the Iranians. And then thinking about it, I think I’ve come up with the answer.

I trust the Iranians more than I do the Democrats. No, I’m not suggesting that we should complete any deals with the Iranians…not at all.

You see, the difference between the two is that of the two, the Iranian are the ones who do what they say they’re going to do. As such, I take them at their word when they say the destruction of Israel is item one on their agenda.

The Democrats, meanwhile promised us shovel-ready jobs. They promised us an economic recovery. They promised us that if we liked they promised an improved health care system. They promised us a transparent administration. That most certainly has not happened.

In short, they’ve done nothing that engender trust.

The Democrats have been successful at opening up travel to Cuba, and have put a ban on travel to Indiana. Kind of makes you wonder whose side they’re on, doesn’t it? Actually, it doesn’t make me wonder at all. I’ve known from the start.

See, the Iranians have been quite open about their goals, saying among other things “death to America”.
The problem right now is that the Democrats seem interested and beating them to that goal.

Is driving while transgendered a threat to public safety?  Could it be that Saudi Arabia has the right idea, don’t let women drive?

from Demanjo:

Bruce Jenner ‘facing wrongful death lawsuit’ following horrific car crash which left one woman dead

The step-children of Kim Howe, the woman who died during the horrific car accident involving Jenner, 65, back in February, may file a wrongful death suit, according to TMZ.

Kim Howe was driving her Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway on February 7th when Bruce slammed into her, sending her car careening into the lane of oncoming traffic where a Hummer demolished her car.

from Jack Cashill, American Thinker:

Ah, you ask yourself. Just who is Ricky Shawatza Hall? Ricky is the driver of the SUV that NSA police killed as he drove wildly on the National Security Agency grounds at Fort Meade on Monday.

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Hall and his passenger were dressed as women at the time of the crash. According to the FBI, they did not dress this way to disguise themselves from authorities. They did not seem to have terror in mind.

Could it be that the mere fact of dressing like a girl is enough to make an otherwise responsible man drive like a women?   Does a transgender fard while he drive?

Eric Florack on April 1st, 2015

This morning I find myself at a food distributorship outside of Syracuse New York.

If snails were to design a distribution center, this place would undoubtedly be too fast for them. Not for many other humans, though.

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Nothing against the people that work here, but against the people who designed the system that they work in.  It can be best described by what I call the alligator theory. That being when you’re up to your backside in alligators it’s difficult to remember your original objective was to drain the swamp. Like any large organization, filled with regulations, but people are so busy dealing with regulations, that they can’t actually move freight.

To that point, I’d like you to check out Glenn Reynolds column, the other day. Glenn says “You’re most likely breaking the law right now.”

For those who have been reading along, I made a comment about laws we don’t know we’re breaking a couple of weeks ago, I still haven’t heard how that one came out, exactly, though I gather that the company paid off.

Interestingly enough, the place where that driver was delivering, is where I’m sitting as I write this.

What Reynolds describes, is what happens when you make government “cool”. Wasn’t that one of Mr Obama’s objectives? Now that we have a direct result, maybe we can learn from that mistake, and reverse course. That’s only going to happen if the GOP decides to nominate somebody who understands that the government is not the solution, but as Reagan said, government is the problem.

I was once asked by a reader why drivers tend to be so very anti-government. Without even pausing for breath, my response was because they’re the ones that deal with it most often.

Described another way, the situation in terms of governments can be described as the government instilling fear in the people. They are afraid to move, to do what people do normally, for fear of running afoul of some government regulation or other. Is there any way such a situation cannot be described as a lack of freedom, and the lack of progress?

I believe it was Jefferson who suggested that when people fear the government there is tyranny and when the government fears the people there is freedom. Which of those two situations would you say we have now?

Meanwhile, the Iranian peace deal has predictably fallen apart. Iran has refused to give up its nuclear material, and we have at least one general and record saying that the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable.

At some point in the distant future, somebody, somewhere, will be able to explain to me perhaps the reason Obama has been playing this game. They may even be able to give me a reason that involves actual peace, but, I doubt it.

I doubt that there was anybody in this administration who wasn’t smart enough to recognize that the Iranian wouldn’t change their direction at the negotiation table. As I suggested repeatedly negotiated peace never works. Not for long, anyway. And with these animals not at all.

History has shown very clearly the path to take. Let’s consider a couple of high points. We removed Saddam Hussein, we removed Moammar Qaddafi we remove the Shah of Iran, why again? Because they were brutal dictators and we freedom-loving people don’t like brutal dictators.

Our current dealings with Iran, the Palestinians, and so on suggest however that brutality and naked aggression is all that some people… Some cultures… understand.

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How is it that clear mindedness and thinking unadulterated by emotion, so completely escaped us in the West?

If a western style democracy had a hope in hell of succeeding anywhere in the Middle East it was going to be in Iraq, and that was going to be a decade-long situation.  But because the current resident of the White House gave all that up, and all the blood that was spilled to that end, when he prematurely pulled us off the plan supposedly for the benefit of his own political future we are now in a much more volatile situation. Exactly the opposite of his stated purpose, granted, but it was widely predicted. He didn’t listen.

The bumbling of this administration has now pushed us into a situation where military action is the only solution. Even absent Iran getting nuclear capability, that would be happening within the next decade. But because of the bumbling of this administration, our opponent will be having and using nuclear weapons.

Welcome to hope and change.

And down the road I go. See you tomorrow. Maybe.

davidl on March 31st, 2015

New super bug meets Granny, Granny wins, from Liz Neporent, Good Morning American:

A relatively new super bug may have met its match in a 1,000-year-old eye treatment, according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.

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The tenth-century concoction contained two species of allium (garlic, plus either onion or leek), wine from a vineyard that has existed since the ninth century and oxgall, the bile from a cow’s stomach. A very specific set of instructions included brewing the solution in a brass vessel, straining it through a cloth and then letting the mixture sit for nine days before use

Don’t doubt those old wives tales.

davidl on March 31st, 2015

snark2.jpg The Snark of the Day, Dagny’s Law, from Aurora Dagny:

“One way to define the difference between a regular belief and a sacred belief is that people who hold sacred beliefs think it is morally wrong for anyone to question those beliefs,” Dagny wrote. “If someone does question those beliefs, they’re not just being stupid or even depraved, they’re actively doing violence. They might as well be kicking a puppy. When people hold sacred beliefs, there is no disagreement without animosity.”

Hat tips: Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit; Ashe Schow, Washington Examiner.

Dagny’s Law not only explains the mythology of the so-called rape culture, it also explains the liberal’s blind insistence on anthropogenic global warming. Moreover, the law explains why attempting to reason with liberals in nigh on impossible. Alas all we can do is to mock them.

Eric Florack on March 31st, 2015

Today, I’m running a load from Batavia New York to Carlisle Pennsylvania. From there, I will most likely run a load into New York City. Trust me, not exactly my favorite place to be, but the money is reasonable, so I take the job.

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My truck was in the shop for a good deal of yesterday, having a complete preventive maintenance done, along with a new set of steer tires, a repair on another tire, a repair of my tail lights, and a couple other adjustments. With all of that, its handling very nicely indeed, and I’m quite pleased with it.

I’ve been adding little do dads here and there, and it’s looking very promising. I figure by the end of the summer, I’ll have something that will be running exactly the way I want it to be, and that will last for about a month until the snow flies. Welcome to my world.

It occurs to me that the question before us in the next election is who we trust less….. The Democrats, or the  Iranian Mullahs.

Look, let’s face it. No matter how you slice this, the Iranians have been playing the Democrats in this country like old Fiddles. Thing is, like it or not the GOP leadership has been enabling them to do exactly that. I honestly don’t know if  running us right out to the edge of our destruction is part of the GOP establishment plan, but it’s certainly what they’ve been successful with doing, thus far.

At the same time,it appears to me that at this point handing the Democrats the power of government again, is a mandate for them to finish the job. They seem more interested in putting sanctions on Indiana then they do Iran. Telling, that.

Speaking of that, I see the governor of Connecticut has decided to impose a travel ban from Connecticut to Indiana. First of all, fat lot of chance he’s going to have enforcing that, but let’s look at why all this noise and spittle. Supposedly this is because of the Religious Freedom Act that was just signed out there. We are, I guess, supposed to ignore the fact that Connecticut has even more stringent laws in this regard than Indiana does. Yet he’s making a show of pointing a finger at Indiana. Are you getting the picture yet?

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Oil: The American Interest says in part today…

Beijing lays claim to the world’s largest shale gas reserves and third-largest shale oil reserves. Yet, as countries like Poland,LithuaniaRomaniaSouth Africa, and the UK are all learning, simply possessing the resource isn’t enough. The American energy renaissance has not come gift-wrapped; rather it has been a product of a great number of favorable factors and innovative efforts.

What they don’t say is that the other thing that the Americans have that nobody else does including all those listed, is a reliance on free enterprise which fosters the kind of innovative efforts and random favourable factors but they’re talking about here. In fact, it’s that history that caused out advances in oil exploration in spite of an administration band on stifling such exploration.

The more government gets involved, the less success such efforts have. If you doubt me, consider that China can’t frack , but then again either can New York State and for the same reason.

It’s heartbreaking to drive along the New York / Pennsylvania border, and see all of the jobs being created in Pennsylvania surrounding the oil industry. Jobs we could also be creating a New York State. These are good paying jobs. Jobs that New York desperately needs. But of course, Cuomo, being a wonderfully solid liberal, wants nothing to do with them.

Is Ted Cruz the best choice for president? I don’t know.

Is he better than what we’ve got? Undoubtedly.

Is he better than anything the establishment GOP has been coming up with? Without any question whatsoever in my mind.

If there’s one reason that I would like to see Ted Cruz in the White House it’s that it would allow for a direct A to B comparison of governing philosophies. Big government, vs constitutional conservatism.

Consider…They have similar pre-presidential experience, so the only markable difference between Obama and Cruz, other than of course their race, is the idea that whereas Obama came into office with the goal of making government cool again, Cruz knows that government isn’t the solution, it is in fact the problem. Now, if the economy takes off, and things get set to rights very quickly after the election of a Ted Cruz to the White House, it seems to me that the American people will have an explicit reason not to trust the Democrats ever again. Because the only difference between the two of them is going to be their governing philosophy. It’s my guess, that such an a/b comparison is the Liberals greatest fear about Ted Cruz. And for that matter, it’s probably the biggest fear amongst the establishment GOP as well.

To my mind that’s the biggest explanation for the similarity of response to candidates like Cruz.

And down the road I go. See you tomorrow.

davidl on March 30th, 2015

From Taegan Goddard,Political Wire

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) is likely to run for president, Bloomberg reports.

Reax, Joseph Spector, Politics on the Hudson

There’s little home-state support for a presidential run for former Gov. George Pataki and current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Quinnipiac University poll today said.

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On the Republican side in New York, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had 13 percent each, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 12 percent, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 10 percent and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 8 percent.

Pataki, who has said he’s contemplating a run and is traveling the country for a potential bid, got 6 percent in the poll. He was the Republican governor from 1995 through 2006.

The is not a single republican who holds state wide office in New York State. We have a chronic wannabee in the statehouse, Andrew “Mario, Jr.” Cuomo, a weasel for our senior senator, Charles Schumer, and a man hating bitch for junior senator, Kristen Gillebrand.

Pataki has been out of office for nine years.  He had plenty to time to remove on these rats from state wide office, and was either unwilling or unable to do so.  Pataki has shown he can’t get the job done in New York.  He sure isn’t going to get chance to so impotent in Washington.

davidl on March 30th, 2015

The bottom the limit for these women, from Andrea Denhoed, New York:

Korean_sea_womanFor hundreds of years, women in the South Korean island province of Jeju have made their living harvesting seafood by hand from the ocean floor. Known as haenyeo, or sea women, they use no breathing equipment, although a typical dive might last around two minutes and take them as deep as ten metres underwater. Wearing old-fashioned headlight-shaped scuba masks, most dive with lead weights strapped around their waists to help them sink faster. A round flotation device called a tewak, about the size of a basketball, sits at the surface of the water with a net hanging beneath it to collect the harvest. Some use a sharp tool to dig conch, abalone, and other creatures from the crevices on the seafloor.

Hat tip:    Ann Althouse

Eric Florack on March 30th, 2015

I’ve started out this week, doing some local work while my truck gets a full service and some much needed repair. At the moment I’m sitting in a warehouse outside Geneva New York, looking at more canned vegetables than I’ve ever seen in my life.

This afternoon, I’ll go out on the road again.

I’m looking forward to that a little less than I might be otherwise, because my wife is home with some kind of flu bug, and my mom was in the hospital over the weekend, for observation.

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Nothing serious, in either case. But, it’s made me attend to the idea that I’m kind of helpless to help those I love when I’m out earning a living. Welcome to my world.

At some point in the distant future someday someone somewhere maybe able to explain to me why it is that are press is fixated on the idea of the copilot of that Germanwings plane was clinically depressed as opposed to the fact that he was associated with a radical Mosque.

Maybe. But I doubt it.

I tuned up on Tom Sullivans Show from Fox News Radio the other day, and he spent significant time examining the depression angle. Never once did I hear him mention Islam. Never once did I hear him mention that the mosque that he was associated with had been closed down at least once by the government there. Not once.

I mean, come on. Priorities, people. Depression is not the enemy.

This is not to say that clinical depression isn’t a serious problem. Of course it is. But it’s not the problem in this case I don’t believe. It seems to me that this is a cover for something to read our governments, both United States and Germany, don’t want to discuss. And certainly the press isn’t interested in it.

Its to the point now where the meme drilled into our heads since the middle of the Bush administration that Islam is a religion of peace, and that terrorism couldn’t be the result of Islam, but of some other socioeconomic or mental health factor has taken over even ostensibly fact-based places like Fox. It’s nothing short of disgusting, and more than a little frightening. When we can’t even speak the truth in terms of enemy identification, what chance have we of defeating it?

Yes and No. I know John Anderson can be a pain in the ass at times, but I find his replacement in Yes to be offensive. Whatever else he might be, Anderson has always been at the center of that group. Whatever personal were behind the front man, Anderson was always the front man. He has been the one constant in all the projects under that name. For the band to be going on without him, doesn’t seem fitting somehow.

And, yes I know I said the same thing a few years ago when Lou Gramm got the axe. The thing is, that in both those cases it was the combination the meshing of the gears that made the whole thing interesting. Remove one of those elements, and the magic is gone. The magic smoke has escaped. Proficient musicians? Proficient vocalist? If that’s the measure, the replacement was a success. If on the other hand the goal was to continue in the same old, both those have been object failures. Sorry, what it is.

I see where Rush Limbaugh and his comments of Harry Reid getting beat up over something or another, are starting to gain some traction. I think it ought to be fairly said that a number of people including myself suggested that scenario back on January the first when this story of Reid’s first hit the papers.

Along comes by Byron York this morning who has added some pieces to the puzzle.

In 1998, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid paid $400,000 for two pieces of residential land outside Las Vegas. It was a complicated deal. Reid secretly transferred ownership of the property to a company set up by his friend and lawyer Jay Brown, who then convinced the local government to re-zone the land for commercial development. In 2004, Brown sold it to a group of developers and Reid walked away with $1.1 million.

“The complex dealings allowed Reid to transfer ownership, legal liability and some tax consequences to Brown’s company without public knowledge, but still collect a seven-figure payoff nearly three years later,” the Associated Press reported in 2006. “Reid hung up the phone when questioned about the deal during an AP interview.”

It was a classic Harry Reid transaction: legal but a little shady, and undoubtedly lucrative. Business deals like that allowed Reid to do very well during his years in the Senate, spent of late in a luxury condominium in Washington’s Ritz Carlton.

When you play those kind of games, particularly in the position that read found himself in politically, it’s got to wash back up on you. Particularly when you’ve got players like Obama and the Clintons involved. And yes, I know what I’m implying there. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t put it past either one of them, either.

This has become the new norm in Washington, and for that matter state capitals around the country of late. So amazing the changes that can happen in 6 years, isn’t it? And of course, all of this is under the guise of fighting for the working family.

Yeah, riiiiight.

If there’s anything that trips my trigger about him, it is the phony soldier business where in Reid got the whole of the Democrats in the Senate to sign off on a letter to the then Clear Channel program director, threatening Clear Channel with action against it’s  “regulated properties” if they didn’t silence Limbaugh on the matter. First Amendment be damned, I suppose. Of course, Limbaugh was right, that McBeth was in fact a phony soldier, never having served today in uniform as a soldier, never having made it past basic training.

The silence from the Democrat was deafening.

That cast the die, for me. Of course, that whole scenario is of a kind with  Bergdhal and a few other like incidents. It’s also the kind with the Democrat screaming about how Chris Kyle, was a coward.

From my viewpoint that infidelity should not go on challenged, and frankly it’s been party wide these last couple of decades. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when I see the traitor John Kerry as Secretary of State when he should have been at the end of the rope.

As for Reid, he got about a quarter of what he deserved. The sad part is, we’ll never know who to thank.

And down the road I go. See you tomorrow.