Wouldn’t it be great if every night were New Year’s Eve?
STAND UP FOR CELEBRATION!
Some sports chestnuts:
Don Meredith, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback once said: "Coach Tom Landry is such a perfectionist that if he was married to Raquel Welch, he would expect her to cook.”
Harry Neale, professional hockey coach: "Last year we couldn't win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure as a coach was that I couldn't think of anyplace else to play.”
Doug Sanders, professional golfer: "I'm working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything will be perfect.
Tommy LaSorda , L A Dodgers manager: "I found out that it's not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don't care and the other twenty percent are glad I'm having them.”
E.J. Holub, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker regarding his 12 knee operations: "My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget.”
Vic Braden, tennis instructor: "My theory is that if you buy an ice-cream cone and make it hit your mouth, you can learn to play tennis. If you stick it on your forehead, your chances aren't as good.
Tommy John , N.Y. Yankees, recalling his 1974 arm surgery: "When they operated, I told them to add in a Koufax fastball. They did, but unfortunately it was Mrs. Koufax's.”
Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback when asked if Tom Landry ever smiles: "I don't know. I only played there for nine years.”
John Breen, Houston Oilers: "We were tipping off our plays. Whenever we broke from the huddle, three backs were laughing and one was pale as a ghost.”
Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after viewing a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons: "The film looks suspiciously like the game itself.”
Paul Horning, Green Bay Packers running back on why his marriage ceremony was before noon: "Because if it didn't work out, I didn't want to blow the whole day.”
Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game: "I won't know until my barber tells me on Monday.”
Jim Frey, K.C. Royals manager when asked what advice he gives George Brett on hitting: "I tell him "Attaway to hit, George.”
Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers: "I learned a long time ago that 'minor surgery' is when they do the operation on someone else, not you.”
Rick Venturi, Northwestern football coach: "The only difference between me and General Custer is that I have to watch the films on Sunday.
The great John McKay, who coached USC for a bunch of years and later became the initial head coach of those terrible expansion Tampa Bay Bucs teams, had a few zingers. He was once asked after a lopsided loss what he thought of his team’s execution. He said: “I think it would be a very good idea.” On another occasion after a serious whipping he was asked what the turning point of the game had been. He replied: “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Former UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, “Coaching is highly overrated. The team with the better players almost always wins.
Thanks John B.!
STAND UP FOR CHESTNUTS!
Tens of millions of ordinary Americans have been able to look past Donald Trump’s abrasive personality and appreciate that he was questioning the slovenly and self-dealing habits that our bloated government had adopted … and that he was willing and able to fix many of them.
It was those who were invested in this bloat and those who were swayed by their preachings … often using Trump’s sandpaper personality against him who resisted his housecleaning efforts … often in criminal ways.
And so far, they have prevailed.
STAND UP FOR A THOROUGH HOUSE CLEANING!
Blinken calls for release of pro-democracy journalists after Hong Kong arrests
U.S. oil production set to increase further in 2022, energy expert Dan Yergin says
Ghislaine guilty … faces 65 years … will she sing?
Peak COVID now! Year after vax rollout, cases soar to new record …
FDA: Antigen tests may have reduced sensitivity in detecting omicron
Economists warn of inflation inequity in 2022
Biden admin evacuated 1,450 Afghan kids to U.S. without their parents
Chinese brain control warfare revealed …
CDC sharply drops prevelance of omicron in the U.S.
The rich benefit from the Democrats retreat on taxing unrealized capital gains
Florida surgeon general says Biden admin is ‘actively preventing’ distribution of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID
Armed man with ‘hit list’ including Biden, Fauci arrested in Iowa on way to White House
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
- Donald Trump’s candidates will sweep the midterms, Republicans retake both houses of Congress
- Jan 6 Commission will pull a Mueller in its witch hunt
- RIP: Jimmy Carter, Whoopi Goldberg, Henry Kissinger, Betty White, Ghislaine Maxwell
- Inflation will get worse
- China will not attack Taiwan and Russia will not attack the Ukraine
- Two more COVID variants before midterms
- President Brandon drops out of sight for weeks on end
Afterward: Betty White just died, one day before 2022.
STAND UP FOR SOOTH!
U.S. sets new daily high for COVID cases
Europe’s $12 billion Tesla battery rival produces its first lithium -ion cell
White House attempts to walk back Biden’s admission of defeat on ‘shutting down’ COVID
CDC chaos, confusion … Biden at the beach
John Madden, Hall of Fame Coach and broadcaster, dies at 85
Omicron is ‘not the same disease’ as previous COVID variants, Oxford University scientist says
Harry Reid dies at 82
[Romney] The Senator who could rescue Joe’s agenda …
Florida COVID infections skyrocket as treatments remain scarce
Omicron infection appears to protect against delta and could displace it, study finds
Red states extend unemployment benefits to those fired over vax mandates
Gallup: Biden’s approval has fallen below Harris, first time in office …
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
Now that Harry Reid has moved onto that great boxing ring (square) in the sky, perhaps the Yucca mountain nuclear waste storage facility, 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada, is back on once again … as the best option for our national site?
(He had been blocking it.)
STAND UP FOR SAFE NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE!
STAND UP AGAINST TYRANNY!
LA schools tried to mandate vaccines. Then they faced having to send 30,000 students home
U.S. official recommend shorter COVID isolation, quarantine
Nearly 30% of COVID cases nationwide are in New York City
Now Fauci pushes domestic travel vax rule … 81 years old, time to go?
New York’s private sector vaccine mandate takes effect
Biden says COVID surge needs to be solved at state level, vows full federal support
Biden’s job approval crashes further to 36%
Florida back at hotspot …
Price tag to vaccinate the world: $7 billion. And the U.S. is already coming up short
Apple closes stores to most customers in New York City due to surge in COVID cases
Report: Biden administration chartered midnight Christmas flights to carry illegals into Pennsylvania
SpaceX future depends on gigantic rocket and 42,000 satellites …
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
Is “science” allowed to change its mind every other day … or talk in gobbledygook riddles?
Afterward: Or engineer a novel virus, killing many millions, just so they can develop a vaccine?
After afterward: Has Fauci gotten his booster shot yet?
STAND UP FOR REAL SCIENCE!
Life is full of conundrums that are difficult to unravel:
- How come Noah took mosquitoes on the ark?
- Whatever happened to D.B. Cooper?
- How many people has Hillary offed?
- If Adam and Eve were first, how come there were others in the Land of Goshen?
- If we are being visited by ETs, how come we haven’t seen even one in all these years?
- Why is Mick Jagger still alive?
- How did Alex Baldwin’s gun point and shoot by itself?
- Is Hunter Biden really an accomplished artist?
- How come most politicians become very wealthy while in office?
- What are the Cuomo brothers now going to do to maintain their life styles?
- Who is behind the universe’s possible intelligent design?
- Was the COVID virus release from the Wuhan lab accidental on purposeful?
- How come the roadrunner always beats Wylie coyote?
STAND UP FOR ANSWERS!
The following is a notice I recently received from Paul Rossi, the math teacher formally at Grace Church School in New York City who was bounced for his refusal to teach the woke “white privileged” claptrap. It’s called the American Experience Program … and includes Andrew Gutmann, the New York father who pulled his daughter from the prestigious Brearley School for much the same reasoning.
I include it here in case any of you kind readers may want to attend.
(Sorry, I can’t seem to be able to resize it to fit … but I think clicking on it might work — Fletcher)
The American Experience Program
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
About the American Experience Program
Formed in 2021 in partnership between The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and educators Andrew Gutmann and Paul Rossi, the American Experience Program is an educational program for New York City high school students that focuses on America’s self-governing principles of free inquiry, free speech, public debate, democratic decision-making, and the decentralization of power through federalism, localism, civil society, separation of powers, and capitalism. When followed, these principles enable the American people to succeed and flourish. When ignored, a rash of social and political problems emerge, leading to polarization and potentially radicalization. It is our hope that the American Experience Program can impart upon our rising generation the knowledge to perpetuate America’s success and ideals and safeguard and promote its longstanding governing principles.
About the Manhattan Institute
The mission of the Manhattan Institute is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility. The Institute serves as a leading voice of free-market ideas, shaping political culture since our founding in 1977. Ideas that have changed the United States and its urban areas for the better—welfare reform, tort reform, proactive policing, and supply-side tax policies, among others—are at the heart of MI’s legacy. While continuing with what is tried and true, we are constantly developing new ways of advancing our message in the battle of ideas.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAND UP AGAINST RACISM!
Decisions made with insufficient information are the bane of mankind. And unfortunately, we are suffering through such a situation with the current COVID pandemic … resulting in sloppy decision making due to garbage data. The primary fault in this healthcare debacle has been poor information gathering and analysis … much of it driven by: poorly designed data collection and verification incentives, lack of decision-making candor, flawed data structures and weak data analysis and visualization software.
One would think that, for the billions we spend for our government healthcare agencies, someone would have addressed these issues?
STAND UP AGAINST GARBAGE DATA!
Despite supply issues and omicron, holiday sales rise 8.5%
With just $36.6 million in ticket sales, ‘West Side Story’ is officially a box office bomb
VP Harris says her biggest failure is not leaving DC more ‘due to COVID’
Record smashed: Nearly 50,000 cases in NY — in day!
Maryland Senator sees possible comeback for Build Back Better
Snow expected to continue as winter storm warnings extend from Seattle to San Diego
Law enforcement deaths hit record high in 2021
China’s strict ‘zero COVID’ rules fail to stop the spread …
Surgeon General offers hopeful note on pandemic
China to remove limits on foreign investment in passenger car manufacturing
Texas high school shooting suspect released on $75k bond arrested for violating terms of release
Military cracking down on ‘questionable tatoos’ to combat extremism
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
Bidens chat with service members by video
Airlines cancel more than 800 flights as COVID hits crews
Dad says ‘Let’s go Brandon’ in Christmas call with Joe and Jill Biden — Joe responds ‘I agree’
Inside administration’s testing mess …
British police arrest armed intruder on Windsor Castle grounds
Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Prize for his work to end apartheid in South Africa, dies at 90
Lt. col. who criticized Biden’s train wreck Afghanistan withdrawal discharged from Marines
Pfizer’s booster ability to prevent wanes within WEEKS …
Space telescope launched in effort to behold 1st stars
West Coast battered by severe storms as parts of U.S. sees springlike temperatures
Biden admin plans to take emergency aid from rural areas and funnel it toward big cities
China’s ‘we’ll-oiled’ military machine launches 3 warships in day …
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
"The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe." - Albert Einstein
I wrote this post over six years ago which refers to an eight-years earlier post. I’ve done some serious editing on it. And title it “Nature’s Gifts” if that makes you more comfortable:
In my recent tutoring in chemistry the subject of exothermic and endothermic reactions has come up. In researching this subject one Internet site mentions that it is fortunate that the reaction between oxygen and nitrogen is endothermic (needs energy to proceed) since otherwise our atmosphere would have burned off eons ago. This reminded me of a post in “Junkier Science,” another of my blogs, that I wrote almost eight years ago that pointed out many of the scientific truths that, were they not to be, we would not be here ... to which the above assessment needs to be added. Here is this older blog contents:
I am not a religious person but I do find it remarkable that man inhabits an ecosystem that enjoys a plethora of possibly providential coincidences … any of which, if missing, would likely doom us to annihilation. Here they are as best I can assemble:
-Gravity/Celestial Dynamics – Otherwise the Earth and all of its creatures would go flying off into space
-Electricity/Magnetism – Creating our Earth’s magnetic field … otherwise the sun’s cosmic rays would strip away our atmosphere and cook us all like so many shish-ka-bobs
-Atomic Fusion – Otherwise our sun would not be providing us warmth, light, and sustenance … with predictable results
-Photons/Electromagnetic Spectrum – Otherwise we would be without light and all the benefits that light and other radiations provide us
-The Limit of Speed (Speed of Light) – Otherwise all the radiation from all the universe’s sources would be instantaneous and very likely lethal
-Number and Variety of Elements (Periodic Table) – Life could not exist without this wide array of elemental building blocks
-Earth’s Self-Regulating Atmosphere – Without these feedback mechanisms (including the ozone layer), our planet would be as devoid of life as Mars or our moon
-Water — enough said?
-Photosynthesis – Otherwise the source of all nourishment on Earth would not exist and carbon dioxide might smother our atmosphere (like on Mars.)
-Light Ice — Ice, strangely, being lighter than water, floats and insulates the water beneath it … otherwise, life might not exist outside our tropics
-Combustion (Oxygen/Carbon Dioxide Cycle) — Otherwise energy and what it brings to life (locomotion, warmth, etc.) would be very scarce
-DNA/Evolution/Organic Chemistry – Otherwise life, if it existed at all, would be extremely primitive and short-lived
-Vast Variety of Molecules/Inorganic Chemistry – Otherwise, most of our planet’s basics (carbohydrates, carbon dioxide, ozone, etc.) would not exist
- Water's Capillary Action -- Otherwise water and its solutes could not travel against the pull of gravity and most plants would not exist
- Carbon-Based Life Forms – Other-element-based life forms are problematic and, if sustainable, likely would be quite inefficient
And, I am sure, many more …
STAND UP FOR NATURE’S GIFTS!
U.S. Naval warship sidelined with COVID outbreak
Tesla’s German Gigafactory faces local opposition as it nears completion
Democrats concerned the wave of House Democrat retirements isn’t over
Vax Fail Coverup: Why won’t FL, the CDC release breakthrough data?
2 Georgia poll workers sue Giuliani, OAN over election conspiracy theory
Major Asian bank sees more than 30% upside for for these quality Chinese real estate stocks
New York Supreme Court judge sides with Project Veritas against New York Times
UK: Record 1.7 million sick in week …
Bernie Kerik’s plans to publicly release documents demanded by Jan. 6 committee
Mark Cuban flew to Vegas to celebrate his coompany’s $5.7 billion sale — and ended up in the middle seat
Report: White House rejected plan to increase COVID testing ahead of Christmas
COPS: Miami realtor feared to be serial killer …
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is on its way to conquer space. This infrared spectrum telescope will have up to 100 times the magnification as the Hubble telescope and will be able to see back in time to within a few hundred million years of the Big Bang. While the Hubble is in near-Earth orbit, the Webb will really be in orbit around the sun but synchronized with the Earth’s orbit … and a million miles further out.
Since the Webb has a very complicated unfolding protocol, keep your fingers crossed!
Afterthought: if in the next 50 to 100 years we build a telescope that can see all the way back to the Big Bang, will we all then turn to pillars of salt?
STAND UP FOR SPACE EXPLORATION!
Dems grapple with crowded, diverse Maryland primary to replace Hogan
Omicron up to 70% less likely to cause hospitalizations than delta variant, UK government study finds
White House staffers plan post-Christmas exodus amid low morale
60% of Americans infected by March …
CDC sets shorter COVID isolation rules for health workers
United, Delta cancel dozens of Christmas Eve flights as COVID hits crews
Lancet editor admits Peter Daszak has ‘serious, regrettable’ undisclosed conflicts of interest
Wash Post: Trump’s newest business partner is Chinese firm with history of SEC investigations
Kim Potter guilty of manslaughter in Dante Wright death
Three reasons the IMF is worried about cryptocurrencies
Texas and Missouri Attorneys General ask court to require Biden admin to complete border wall
Israel’s Iran question: To strike or not to strike?
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
Once upon a time at the North Pole a week before Christmas, Santa Claus’s elves went on strike for higher pay ... and so, Mrs. Claus had to spend most of her day finishing up the toys for all the world’s children.
Then two days before the big night, a stomach flu struck the raindeer stable ... requiring Mrs. Claus to muck out all their stalls twice a day.
Next, Santa came down with a bad cold ... so between all these other chores Mrs. Claus had to climb the stairs multiple times a day to bring St. Nick hot tea with lemon and honey ... and bowls of chicken soup.
But Christmas Eve finally came and the elves agreed ... for double-time wages ... to load up all the toy bags and fill the sleigh ... the reindeer were full of Kaopectate ... and Santa was well enough to begin his annual sleighride.
After he was off, Mrs. Claus sank, exhausted, into her easy chair. But, just then, there was a tiny knock on the front door. With a sigh, Mrs. Claus pulled herself to her feet and, annoyed, opened the door.
There, dusted with a new-fallen snow, was a beautiful little angel holding a freshly-cut fir tree. She said to Mrs. Claus, “What do you want me to do with this Christmas tree, Mrs. Claus?”
And so, boys and girls, that is why we often see an angel stuck atop of a Christmas tree.
STAND UP FOR MRS. CLAUS!
Giving woke politicians the right to make medical decisions surrounding pandemic restrictions is like allowing linemen to call the plays in the huddle. (Of course, having a weathervane as a quarterback doesn’t help win games either.) — Fletcher
STAND UP FOR COMMON SENSE!
Senate GOP feels another Trump effect. the rise of the celeb candidates
Traumatized and exhausted hospital staff face new wave of COVID cases as omicron rips through the U.S.
New study shows omicron poses 80% lower risk of hospitalization
Montreal limits home gatherings to 6
Supreme Court to hold special session on vaccine requirements
Huge floating wind farms are being planned off the coast of Australia
Biden extends student loan payment pause again due to omicron hysteria
Biden resists shutdowns …
Nothing’s been good enough: Biden admits COVID testing has fallen short
FDA clears Pfizer’s COVID treatment pill, the first oral antiviral drug approved during the pandemic
VP Harris absolves China of responsibility for COVID
U.S. Intel: satellite images show Saudis building own ballistic missiles with the help of Beijing …
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
Many of us are too risk averse
Lest the omicron variant should disperse
So we suffer the Karen curse
And must assume the very worse
Preparing for the mortician’s hearse
But my response is very terse
“Go to heaven!’ (actually, the reverse)
STAND UP FOR TERSE VERSE!
|National Institute of Health|
I, and I am sure a lot of other Americans, have been quite frustrated with our federal health organizations (CDC, NIH, NIAID, HHS, FDA, NLM, HRSA, AHRQ) and how they report, and don’t report, the statistics surrounding the Wuhan-Fauci virus. Anyone who has tried to find the key facts about what is happening comes away with the suspicion that more data is hidden than revealed … and one quickly concludes that this is purposeful.
So we should required the public airing of the following crosstab COVID statistics from our over-bloated government:
- daily diagnosed cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths by variants by age grouping
- daily diagnosed cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths by vaccine brand by age grouping
- daily diagnose cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths by variants by state by age grouping
- daily diagnose cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths by vaccine status and natural immunity by age grouping
- averse vaccine reactions (aka VAERS) by time delay by vaccine brand by age grouping
- treatment efficacy by COVID type by treatment type by age age grouping
- The percentage of people who died from COVID vs. those who died with COVID
- COVID deaths by co-morbidities by gender by age grouping
And, if these birds don’t have all these crosstabs, their funding should be slashed.
Is this too much to ask?
(This would be a great application for a multi-dimensional data analysis and display software package!)
STAND UP FOR SUNLIGHT ON THE DATA!
Polish spyware scandal stokes tensions within Europe
Mortgage rates fall to a four-week low, but homebuyers still pull back due to record low listings
House exodus: 10% of Democrat representatives aren’t running for re-election in 2022
Biden coughs through COVID address
Biden gets passionate on BBB while delivering COvID remarks
From a Bitcoin crash to regulatory crackdowns: Analysts give their top 2022 predictions
Biden’s net approval lower than Jimmy Carter’s ever was
Fauci calls for Fox host to be fired over ‘kill shot’ comments …
NHL prepared to withdraw from Olympics after COVID surge
Delta asks CDC to cut quarantine guidelines for breakthrough COVI.D due to workforce impact
CDC says 73% of new COVID cases are the (mild) omicron variant
Chicago breaks record for latest-ever snowfall …
STAND UP FOR AMERICA!
The Salvation Army has gone woke … speaking out against white supremancy and for equity … see: WSJ article. The result … for this Christmas season, it has lost 50% of its volunteer bell ringers and, I suspect, quite a few donations.
Afterward: Stupid is that stupid does … see: Def-Con News.
STAND UP AGAINST WOKENESS!
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