“Zogby Poll: Nearly 30% Skipping Meals Because of High Prices.”

2011 or thereabouts

“Nearly 3 in 10 people say the increased cost of food, sparked by inflation, has forced them or their families to skip meals, according to a new Zogby Poll.

Here are how the poll results break down:

  • 29.3% say they or their families have skipped meals due to price increases, compared to 65.5% that say they have not.
  • 32% of women say they or their families have had to skip meals, compared to 63% who say they have not had to.
  • 26% of men say they or their families have skipped meals because of the prices, while 69% say they have not.
  • 34% of Republican voters say they or their families have had to miss meals, compared to 61% who say they have not.
  • 24% of Democrats say they or their families have skipped meals, while 72% say they have not.
  • 31% of independents say they or their families have missed meals, compared to 63% who say they have not.”

Comment: This should hurt the Democrats. pl

https://www.newsmax.com/us/zogby-food-inflation-prices/2021/10/22/id/1041604/

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Anti-gun Activist Actor Uses Gun to Kills Co-worker. “It’s Not My Fault” He Says as Hollywood Rushes to His Defense.

Killer and the woman he shot

MSN Reports,”On Thursday, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department announced in a press release that Souza, 48, was injured on set after Baldwin, 63, discharged a prop firearm. ” You have to read all the way to paragraph 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 that “Thursday’s tragic accident killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, who was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital and later died from her injuries, according to the sheriff’s department.”

Alec Baldwin repeatedly asked why he was given a “hot gun” after his prop weapon discharged.” “In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” the actor allegedly kept saying.” If only the technology for adding Sound Effects to movies existed, they could add sound aftwards and use guns that don’t shoot, or fire only blanks. If only Hollywood had good paying union jobs like Joe Biden keeps talking about. Then there would be union work rules and a union armorer. Oh, that’s who Hollywood is blaming for the killing. Rather than the man who wondered what it was like to kill an innocent man. “I am innocent, Innocent! of this man’s blood” said Pontus Pilate.

Yeah, Alec Baldwin don’t know nuff’n ’bout guns. What’s the thing called a ‘trigger’ and how does that work? Even the idiot teen from Parkland knows better than that.

Why isn’t Alec Balwin in jail and charged with, at a minimum, manslaughter? “In 2019 he was convicted of harassment after an argument outside his apartment block. That’s a history of violence. Anyone not a millionaire actor would already be in custody. I’m sure we’ll be hearing from Marjory Stoneman Douglass students, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety any day now. I look forward to them demanding a ban on the use of guns on Hollywood movie sets.

Put the killer in jail. Let him lawyer up.

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How far south and west did the Vikings fare?

A knothead?

“The Vikings sailed great distances in their iconic longships. To the west, they established settlements in Iceland, Greenland, and eventually a base at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada. However, it has remained unclear when this first transatlantic activity took place. Here, scientists show that Europeans were present in the Americas in 1021 AD — precisely 1000 years ago this year. This date also marks the earliest known point by which the Atlantic had been crossed, and migration by humankind had finally encircled the entire planet.”

Comment: There is the little puzzle of the Kensington runestone. It was supposedly found gripped tight in the roots of of a very old tree in Minnesota.

“Vinland?” There are no wild grapes in northern Newfoundland. You have to travel far to the south to find them. New Brunswick is the northern limit of both wild grapes and of the fruit of the butternut tree which was found in the Viking settlement at Anse aux Meadows. pl

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington_Runestone

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinland

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Anse_aux_Meadows

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“NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope looks squeaky clean at spaceport for December launch (photos)”

A December launch

https://www.space.com/nasa-james-webb-space-telescope-cleanroom-photos

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Is Transgender the New KKK?

Trans showrunner Jaclyn Moore leaves Netflix after Dave ...

I don’t know about you but I am fed up with the hypocrisy, fascism and blatant racism of the so-called transgender community. Sex is more of a biological certainty than race, but the transgender movement demands that you ignore the penis on a man or the vagina on a woman and acquiesce to whatever gender the person claims to be. Yet, if a Caucasian man or woman from Norway self-identifies as “black” African he or she is condemned (rightly so) for cultural appropriation or fraud.

Cristina Laila’s piece today shows you the insanity of the largely white transgender mob in full rage trying to silence comedian Dave Chappelle, who happens to be a black American. I watched the latest Chappelle special and it is not correct to characterize his performance as “telling transgeder jokes.” He was not joking about transgenders. He was calling out their hypocrisy and racism.

He specifically called out Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner for being named “sports woman” of the year shortly after he/she declared himself/herself a woman. He said that was insulting to women. I agree. Here is a point he did not make. Let’s say that chalky white Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared himself a black American and was subsequently awarded “Black Governor of the Year”. Do you think most sane people would applaud and exclaim, “Ain’t that special?” Hell, no. It is ridiculous.

Dave Chappelle told a poignant story about an aspiring male comedian in San Francisco who identified as a woman. The trans comedian confronted Dave before one of Chappelle’s shows and Dave invited him/her to be his opening act. The trans comedian was terrible, according to Chappelle. Yet, rather than reacting like most comedians who bomb, the trans comedian sat through Dave’s show and then went backstage and bantered with Chappelle and his guys. Dave treated him like a person.

Sometime after the show, the intolerant bullies in the trans community started attacking Chappelle on Twitter. Chappelle did not care. But the trans comedian did and rose to Dave’s defense. And the result? After enduring a torrent of venom and hate, the trans comedian killed himself. Chappelle was crushed by this and he acted. He set up a trust fund for the dead trans comedian’s daughter. Dave ain’t a transphobe. He is a comedian doing his duty to make fun of the absurd.

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“Messing about in boats” – TTG

Here are two new videos by Roger Barnes, the English dingy sailor I discovered back in August. Though still very English, he has transplanted himself to western Brittany to enjoy the local sailing, the local company and the local lifestyle. I understand he just had enough of whatever current conditions in his home isle that caused him to uproot himself from what looked like an idyllic life in a quiet southwest English village.

The first video is a well produced little travelogue of the Vela Raid consisting of mostly French and Italian dingy sailors and, of course, one Englishman. They explored the lagoon and islands surrounding the more famous and touristy center of Venice, which Roger described as complete mayhem. Seeing these more remote and tranquil parts of Venice is refreshing and eye opening.

The second video is simply an uneventful day sail close to home as opposed to the grand adventure of a planned raid in foreign waters. This video features an Iain Oughtred design inspired by traditional Norwegian small boats, another boomless sail plan like the Avel Dro. Perhaps that’s a key to enjoying these small craft… never having to worry about cracking one’s noggin. I bought a set of plans from Iain for a sailing canoe years ago. He was living on the Isle of Skye without a website or an email address. Correspondence was by post. It was like having a penpal again. At the end, Roger opines about the joys of such a simple day messing about in boats and communing with nature. Enjoy.

TTG  

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Go get’em!

Brave little fellows

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“… new instructions for Americans – lower your expectations.” TC

The Bidonian Dream

 ” … if you don’t like the fact the shelves are bare in your local store, don’t throw a fit. Don’t be an entitled little tool. Lower your expectations. What did you expect in America? Come on. Bread lines, we’ve always had bread lines. It’s sort of charmingly retro, these bread lines. Don’t complain as your life becomes worse and as your country degrades. That’s the message, and not surprisingly, that message is coming directly from the people who are making your life worse and destroying the country. That would, of course, would be the White House. Here’s his grouchy little flack today, almost impossible to believe this person is real and not just some sort of mockup of like a Wesleyan gender study student. Apparently, she is real. And today she was asked about these supply chain problems like our ports are shut down – What do we do? She mocked the reporter’s question. How dare you ask.

REPORTER: Just a question on the timing on the supply chain issue, actions that the president has taken, it was clear in March 2020 when COVID hit that their supply chains across the world had been disrupted, even as the sort of work to fight back against COVID proceeded people. It was crystal clear that things were not improving on supply chain. People couldn’t get dishwashers and furniture and treadmills delivered on time, not to mention all sorts of other things. 

JEN PSAKI: The tragedy of the treadmill that’s delayed.

REPORTER: But the serious point is, why didn’t the president act sooner in a more aggressive way? 

Were you complaining about not having a treadmill? Settle down, Karen.” Tucker Carlson

Comment: C’mon proles! Your selfish abuse of the world’s poor is going to be ended by the Bidenistas and their university dumnified allies. Along the way you will be reduced to a new version of a lumpenproletariat but that will make you more malleable and biddable. Poverty will be good for you. You have had too much, far too much. Of course it will be necessary and desirable that your masters be protected. The new nomenklatura of intelligentsia and leftist rich folks will be well taken care of, dachas, etc.

Remember, suburban moms. You voted us Bidenistas in. pl

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-white-house-lower-expectations

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Senator Chuck Schumer’s Woeful Ignorance of Aviation Security

I am still amazed when a public figure like Senator Chuck Schumer opens his yap and spews nonsense and lies. His latest gaffe concerns aviation security–specifically, who can do screening of passengers at airports.

The TSA should use its canine teams to keep airport security lines moving if there is a worker shortage amid the federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday. . . .

“If TSA lags in jabs, send in the dogs,” Schumer said during a press conference in Manhattan, citing recent revelations from the TSA that 40 percent of its employees remain unvaccinated. . . .

“The canine teams are really effective,” he said. “They can help secure national security and allow TSA agents to more effectively and efficiently screen individuals for explosives. It really works and moves the lines along.”

I have relevant experience here. I was Deputy Director for Transportation Security in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter Terrorism in the early 90s. I also oversaw the Anti-Terrorism Training Assistance program in terms of policy and curriculum. Diplomatic Security had the job of implementing the program and doing the training.

One of the training programs involved dogs for use by foreign police to detect drugs and explosives. Dogs are great when performing a specific, limited task. If you need to ensure that an auditorium that will host a Presidential debate is bomb free, use a dog. If you want to quickly screen passengers arriving from Colombia for illegal narcotics, use a dog.

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Early voting is down in Va? Hmm….

McCauliffe and his pal

“Fox News contributor Karl Rove said Tuesday on “America’s Newsroom” that Democratic enthusiasm for the Virginia gubernatorial race is “really problematic” for Former VA Governor and current Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, citing low early voting turnout.

KARL ROVE: The Democrats have a problem here. The problem is enthusiasm…

As of Sunday—this is the total as of Sunday night, 408,770 people had voted. That is only 30% of how many people had voted at this point in the 2020 election. The Democrats need to have the turnout be in the early voting roughly 52, 53, 54% of what it was in November of 2020, and instead, it’s running at about 30%. Think about this. They brought in the big guns. They sent Stacy Abrams to Norfolk. This was the first Sunday in Norfolk in which you were allowed to vote early on Sundays so they’re gonna have the souls to the polls effort led by Stacy Abrams, rockstar at the top of the Democratic ticket. And in the four early vote locations in Norfolk, 396 people showed up to vote that day. So the Democrat enthusiasm here is really, really problematic. ” FN

Comment: Well, well. Maybe my money was well spent. pl

https://www.foxnews.com/media/karl-rove-democrats-enthusiasm-virginia-problematic-mcauliffe

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